Under the current rules, there is a limit to the number of people who can meet in one house. But there are also many who cannot get together tonight – or have decided to be careful and not do it. But what separates the pandemic from the coronavirus may be brought together by current technology. And it is possible to dine with the family, enjoy New Years Eve, drink grapes and do the New Year together, even if it is through a screen.
How? Use some of the following applications for video calls
Although it has been in business for several years and was acquired by Epic Games in 2019, it is this incarceration by the Coronavirus that has brought the House Party app huge success in Spain and other countries such as Portugal or Italy. In fact, it has become the most downloaded application for iOS and the 5th most downloaded application for Android, and part of its success has been offering the same service – chat, video calling – as others, but with slightly different elements. In this way, House Party becomes more than a simple app to call, it becomes a social network like TikTok or Snapchat.
One of the attractions is that with House Party you can create a virtual space with other users who also have the app installed, and create a group room where everyone can talk online via a video call. And best of all, it has mini games so it can be used to talk and play with other users in real time. The games range from the classic Trivial with questions to the Pictionari of drawing to get it right, the mythical Who’s Who played with virtual cards, or Chips and Guac, a word matching game.
Become one of the favorite applications during the first incarceration and one of the most used in terms of work meeting and online classes, Zoom is another app that can be used. And in fact you should, because the 40-minute limit you have for free video conferencing on your account doesn’t exist for today and tomorrow. As a Christmas gift, you can call with Zoom without a Premium account until Saturday, December 26 at 6 a.m., without an absolute time limit.
Skype, the oldest on the list, was for many the first contact with this video call twenty years ago, through computers with webcams – when cell phones were only used for calling.
Now, in its mobile app, Skype allows HD video calls from up to 24 simultaneous people; text chat for WhatsApp conversations; share photos and videos, and even features of a classic mobile phone with the ability to read and reply to your text messages or to make voice calls online and also to mobile and landlines (separate prices).