Musical.ly, the tween and teenage targeted lip-syncing app, has simply dropped one other app onto the App Retailer. Days in the past, the firm launched a video messaging app known as Ping Pong on the App Retailer, in what seems to be a check forward of a public debut. That is the fourth app for the quickly rising Shanghai-based startup, whose flagship app had over 100 million customers as of final fall, and whose reside video streaming app Stay.ly turned bigger than Twitter’s Periscope solely months after its arrival.
The startup, which additionally has workplaces in San Francisco, was valued at $500 million when elevating its final spherical of $100 million again in Could. On the time, it had 60 million customers and was nonetheless rising. Quickly after the information of its funding hit, Musical.ly launched a second app, Stay.ly, which aimed to compete with Fb Stay and Periscope by providing a manner for its customers to work together with one another in real-time.
The concept, defined co-CEO Alex Zhu, was to capitalize on a development the corporate had begun to see on its flagship software – that’s, customers have been sharing greater than music, that they had discovered.
Extra not too long ago, Musical.ly launched a 3rd app known as Squad, which additionally targeted on transferring Musical.ly’s consumer base in a extra social route, the place they work together with one another. A easy group video chat app, Squad was launched in early January with little fanfare, past being noticed on Product Hunt.
Many in contrast the brand new arrival to Houseparty – one other teen-focused group chat app from the corporate behind Meerkat, the forerunner within the reside streaming video house that was shortly taken over by the likes of Periscope and Fb Stay.
Ping Pong, in the meantime, seems to be nothing greater than an iteration on Squad, besides that as a substitute of supporting group video chats, the app permits for one-to-one video messaging. Probably, the aim right here is to see if customers favor to talk in real-time, or in the event that they would like one-to-one, asynchronous video messaging.
Above: Ping Pong
Neither of those apps have a large consumer base right now. Squad is ranked #318 within the Social Networking class on the App Retailer. Ping Pong, which is model new, is ranked #700 within the Social Networking class, in the meantime. There isn’t a lot social networking chatter about Ping Pong both and, not like Squad, Ping Pong at the moment isn’t permitting sign-ups.
The app doesn’t forestall sign-ups straight by way of an error message. Slightly, it seems the app is simply not prepared for primetime – the sign-up display screen will get caught throughout loading. Attempting to enroll by way of Fb additionally doesn’t work, however oddly refers back to the app as “chacha,” which can be a code title. (Although there may be, maybe coincidentally (?), a ChaCha video chat app from Beijing. It’s unclear if the 2 are associated, nonetheless.)
TechCrunch reached out to Musical.ly a number of instances beginning this weekend, however the firm – which is notoriously media-shy – has not but responded to our requests for remark.
Ping Pong is reside right here on the App Retailer if you wish to view it, however word that it’s not at the moment working.
Neither Ping Pong nor Squad can be found on Google Play, although that retailer does host an optimized model of the corporate’s essential app, Musical.ly Lite.