The post-pandemic world has experienced a massive boost in the demand for online communication. From business meetings to interviews and education, everything has moved online. Countless companies have switched to operating remotely, either entirely or partially, which has skyrocketed the demand for online chatting apps(Voice Chat App). The supply did too; as tons of new voice, video, and texting solutions showed up.
The demand is still increasing though, as we move toward greater challenges of facing the pandemic’s 2nd and 3rd waves in various parts of the world. If you’re looking for inspiration to create a voice chat app of your own, here are the market leaders you can look up to.
Clubhouse is a voice-only online communication app with the primary function to let people virtually gather and hold discussions. Through Clubhouse, users can find and organize ‘clubs’ or communities where associates can connect and share thoughts. There are dedicated virtual rooms for discussions, allowing users to listen and participate.
If you prefer this format for your own app, here’s a guide for building a voice chat app like clubhouse.
Discord was originally designed by Hammer & Chisel—a development studio. The platform targets the gaming community, as many video games tend to have sub-par built-in group communication facilities. As an external solution to in-game communication for gamers, Discord quickly cemented its place within the community.
Its success was fueled by its important functionality and positive feedback that spread like wildfire. Soon after, it started gaining popularity in the general non-gaming audience too.
Today, discord is also widely used for online meetings and corporate calls thanks to the option to create private servers.
Telegram, mostly used for group chats, has had voice messaging functionality for quite a while. However, not too long ago, they introduced group voice chats. With media sharing and text chats unaffected, groups can seamlessly turn into voice rooms.
The interface shows you who’s speaking and how loud they are. You also don’t need to remain in-chat all the time upon joining a voice chat—you can visit other chats and send messages simultaneously. If you’re on Android, you can even minimize the voice chat into a floating widget (like a messenger chat-head) for uninterrupted phone usage.
Telegram recently introduced this functionality to ‘channels’ as well. It also helps to have no limit on the number of people who can participate in a voice chat. Telegram, unlike Clubhouse, also allows users to record and save voice chats.
TeamSpeak, another app like Discord, is suitable for both working and gaming purposes. It’s a VoIP online communication application that uses high-quality sounds for group voice chats. Its outstanding security and little to no performance glitches make it a real competitor to Discord.
With its cloud integration feature, users can sync their account settings across devices. The app also has over a hundred different skins, voice packs, and add-ons to personalize and diversify its usage. It’s also approved by big names like Overwatch League, NASA, Wargaming.net, etc.