As momentum increased after the Clubhouse was banned in China in early February, at least a dozen similar apps were launched.
And on the line of competition for the “Clubhouse” application, the “Mi Talk” application entered, after its owner “Xiaomi Corp” reformulated it to provide a voice service dedicated to invitees only targeting professionals last week.
Another example is the NASDAQ-listed Liizhai Inc’s Zhiya app, whose users usually talk about video games or perform songs.
But this app requires real-name registration, a feature Lise Hi Inc. CEO Marco Lai says is essential in China.
The company also employs employees to listen to conversations in every room, and is deploying artificial intelligence tools to get rid of “unwanted” content.
The approach of Chinese companies in monitoring users opens the door wide to questions about guarantees of privacy and the extent to which users trust in dealing through these applications, which is confirmed by Tamer Muhammad, an information technology expert, as he says in special statements to “Sky News Arabia” that there are great doubts. About security guarantees and privacy protection for the data of users of applications developed in China, or those that are hosted on Chinese servers.
“Clubhouse” and intense competition
The information technology expert points out that the company that owns the “Clubhouse” application has announced that it is working on developing a version for the Android operating system, and that it will be launched as soon as possible.
Tamer Mohamed stresses that every delay in the emergence of the Android version of “Clubhouse”, will give more opportunity to all other applications competing to obtain a segment of users, and of course the application developed by “BitDance” will be one of the strongest competitors of “Club House”.
And about the emergence of the star of audio applications, Tamer says that humanity is currently living in the era of the third generation of social networking sites, which began with personal blogs and friendship sites in 1999, based on writing only.
He continued, saying, “After that, a second generation appeared, represented in the creation of Facebook in 2006, which was based on writing in addition to pictures, but the basis remains writing. In 2010, Instagram appeared, which relies mainly on pictures more than writing.”
The information technology expert believes that the emergence of the third generation of social networking sites began in 2017, when Tik Tok appeared to the world after it was restricted to China under the name of Dwayne, and it became more popular among young people, as it relies on various video technologies.
Then appeared the “Clubhouse” program, which depends on the voice and is easier than resorting to video, which needs a lot of equipment, while the voice is easier and faster to deal with and more accurate in communicating the actual feelings and feelings that the writing is sorely lacking.