After Zoom Cyber Securtiy Alert ; Houseparty Growing tremendously
Due to a crushing need for humans in quarantine to connect, Houseparty is on its way to the top of the charts. Over the past month, Houseparty, which has been around since 2016, has seen 50 million sign ups, which is 70 times more than normal . It’s also seen a major spike in mobile downloads on both the iOS app store and Google Play, accounting for 17.2 million new installs, according to data from Apptopia.
For the past month at least, Zoom has consistently topped the app store download charts, as businesses began to acclimate to working from home and holding digital meetings with the video conferencing app. Due to its ease of use and accessibility, the video conferencing tool became popular for a range of virtual social gatherings. Now, Houseparty is creeping up and is currently the second most downloaded free app in the United States.
According to data analytics platform App Annie, last month had seen particular demand in Europe. This included countries like Italy and Spain, where installs during the week of March 21 surged at 423 times and 2360 times, respectively, the average weekly number of installs in quarter four of 2019. What’s remarkable about the growth is that some of the countries, like Spain, were markets where Houseparty never had wide-scale penetration before the COVID-19 crisis.
It is being said that Houseparty’s popularity went up at a time when China-based Zoom recently experienced controversies after reports of illegal activities and security issues.
(News Sources : Forbes)