Never heard of Spotify Greenroom?
Tech Aficionado brings a new and interesting post on "Spotify Greenroom". Is it the green room used by artists for costumes and stuff? Well no, this ain't the same greenroom.
To begin with, Spotify Greenroom is an app developed by Betty Labs Incorporated which is certainly competition for "Clubhouse".
In October 2020, Betty Labs released Locker Room exclusively for the iOS app store. The app featured virtual audio chat rooms for sportsmen and fans. Later in late March 2021, Spotify acquired Betty Labs for 50 million and announced plans to rebrand the app with a wider emphasis on sports, music, and pop culture. On June 16, 2021, Spotify released the app as Spotify Greenroom on Android (early access) and iOS. This time, the application is no longer limited to sports. In order to make an app from scratch. Spotify found it easy to buy a company that has already made one.
Download the app here: Spotify Greenroom
Spotify Greenroom is an audio-only chat service absolutely free unlike "clubhouse" which required a special invite from people who are already using the app. So signing up to Greenroom won't be an issue. Now coming to the usage style in both the apps, Spotify Greenroom UI/UX design looks way better than Clubhouse.
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I might be getting biased because of the dark-themed interface in "Spotify Greenroom" as I tend to like design in dark themes, so the first thing Clubhouse can do is make a dark mode for the same. Both of them have similar ways of joining the room and leaving the room and listening to what other people have to say. One drawback with greenroom is that as soon as you hit back after joining a room you're kicked out of the room which means that you can't explore other groups of people while listening to a particular room while Clubhouse allows you to explore groups and people even if you hit back you're still in the room, you remain in the room as long as you don't specifically hit on "Leave the Room". Clubhouse recently updated the app giving it a chat option where you can text people but only personally.
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Spotify Greenroom has a feature where you can group text people in the group you're listening which I think is quite a good feature. But unfortunately "Spotify Greenroom" is still in development for Android so that feature is not available as of now. Greenroom has also a virtual reward system as "Gem" which you can give to the speakers.
When a host or speaker says something compelling, you can double-tap on their profile icon to give them a Gem. The number of Gems you receive when you're speaking in a Room will show on your profile icon. Your total Gem count will show on your Greenroom profile. Gems are basically virtual points. Both of the apps have a similar feature of the calendar where you can RSVP for upcoming events.
Why Clubhouse will always be the first choice?
It's not about how good an application is or what great features it posses, it became more of a status symbol when "Clubhouse" launched its app on an invitation-only basis and was hyped a lot about due to its users around the World.
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