Social communication platform Rounds has announced the launch of its Booyah video chat app on iOS. The app was designed to be a companion to WhatsApp, and allows users to make free group video calls with their contacts.
Booyah supports video calls for up to 12 users. Once a user begins a call, they can tap a button to invite their WhatsApp contacts into the call. However, the app doesn’t limit itself to just WhatsApp users, as users can invite others to live video chats by sending invite links through email or text message, or posting invite links on Twitter and other platforms. When responding to invites, new users are prompted to downloaded Booyah before joining the call.
Booyah doesn’t require users to create an account before joining or starting a call. In addition, the app does not share content back to WhatsApp, or save content on users’ devices.
In a statement, Dany Fishel, CEO of Rounds, commented:
WhatsApp is the pioneer in group messaging, and therefore was the natural choice as the primary companion to Booyah. We took it one step further, and brought Snapchat’s ephemerality to group video chat, making these live conversations easy and casual. Ultimately, it’s our job to do all the labor intensive steps, and all you need to do to join a group chat is show up—and Booyah!
Booyah is available to download for free on the iTunes App Store. The app is coming soon to Android.