These are strange moments. With social distancing being on the agenda, the search for the best videoconferencing applications has reached new levels. While Skype and Google Duo (check Google Duo tips and tricks) were once the ubiquitous selections for videoconferencing, there are now quite a few new names: Zoom and Houseparty. While many see Zoom as a video chat application for professional users, and Houseparty for individuals who like to have fun.
But at the end of the day, they both have the same goal – to make video calls to friends and family via video.
So which video conferencing app should you use – Zoom or Houseparty? Well, this is what we are going to find out in this post.
One of the main things you look for in an app is ease of access. How? ‘Or’ What making a call is easy? Or, is it easy for others to join the call?
In the case of Zoom, let’s just say it’s not a one-step process for setting up a call or meeting, and rightly so. Above, it is more designed for professional users. Therefore, you will have to go through the process of setting up meetings beforehand.
And like any other meeting tool, you will need to invite your attendees or share the meeting link and password with them.
In a word, for beginners, this can be quite exhausting.
Although you can set up instant meetings with a feature called Meet Now, you still need to share your personal meeting ID with your guests for instant meetings.
But the good thing is that you can copy the details and share them via messaging or chat services like WhatsApp and Messages.
On the other hand, Houseparty takes a more simplistic approach. Here you will need to add friends. There are two options at the moment. First, you can invite your contacts from your phone book. Or, you can also link your Facebook account and add your friends from there.
As soon as you launch the application, your friends will be informed that you are “in the house”. Thus, these friends already in the house can press the notification to start a “party” session.
If a house party is going on, you will be able to see them when you swipe up on the screen. Yes, it’s that simple.
However, you cannot share URLs or party links with your contacts who are not in the house.
Number of participants
Even WhatsApp and FaceTime allow you to chat about a video with your friends. So why look for another app? It all depends on the number of participants.
Houseparty doubles the number of participants and allows you to add up to eight people in a room. Yes, a real riot! But yes, if you have a huge group, you may need to leave a few members behind when planning a party.
As a professional tool, Zoom allows you to add more than 100 participants on a single call, even on free plan. Yes, a big party (** wink wink **). However, note that each Zoom meeting can only last about 40 minutes. So if you are running out of 40 minutes, you will need to schedule a new meeting.
So where are these two apps available?
For starters, Houseparty is available for iOS and Android. So you can install it immediately on your phone. If you want a slightly larger area for videos, you can also download and install it on your Android tablet like the Galaxy Tab S6.
On the other hand, the Zoom app is not only available for Android and iOS users, but it is also available for Windows and macOS users. This gives you the independence to place your calls from anywhere.
For example, if you want to attend a meeting from the comfort of your laptop and take notes at the same time, Zoom allows it.
Video call functions – Screen sharing and games
So far we have talked about the accessibility and availability of the platform. But what about the features?
As far as Zoom is concerned, it comes with several practical features. But let me clarify at the start that these features are only suitable for team meetings and video conferences.
So you can record your meetings (PC only), share your screen with your participants, save your recordings, among others. Most importantly, if you’re not comfortable with sharing the background, you can also set a virtual background in its place to hide it.
And the best thing is that you can choose from many horizons. In addition, you can also download your own. Cool, right?
Houseparty, designed for casual users in you, doesn’t have such sophisticated features. On the positive side, there are several interesting games in her pussy.
Yes, in addition to catching up with your friends, you can also play cool games like Heads Up, Trivia, Chips and Guac and Quick Draw.
I’m a fan of the Quickly draw Game. You get a small canvas to draw. You have to draw and your friends have to guess. All the game to pass the time if you ask me.
One of the crucial points of the Houseparty app is that anyone on your friends list can join your party. So you have to make sure to lock the room. Fortunately, the option is right at the bottom of the screen.
When it comes to Zoom, you need to make sure your meetings are private and secure for save yourself from zoombombing. Yes, it is a term.
First, make sure that you don’t share zoom meeting details such as the link or meeting ID on a public platform. And even if you are using the latest version, you should be careful and always use a randomly generated ID.
Entertainment or work
Zoom and Houseparty cater to two different user groups. If you want to catch up with your friends, I recommend Zoom because it is available on several platforms. Second, although organizing a meeting is a bit complicated, it has its merits. If you’re in the mood for fun, you should definitely give Houseparty a chance.
Note that both of these apps have had their share of privacy issues. During the last week of March, many users Houseparty accused of a violation and using their data to access other paid apps like Netflix and Spotify, among others. There is no evidence of the violation, but the application does not collect a disturbing amount of personal data.
In terms of confidentiality, Zoom has also been get the wrong kind of attention. Since the issues were made public, Zoom has made several changes. One of them includes a new version of the software aimed at improving security. In addition, they brought Alex Stamos on board as a security consultant.
So which application will you choose? Are you going to settle for the ones above, or are you going to opt for a more famous application like Google Duo and Skype?
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Last updated April 13, 2020