In the initial months of 2020, a compulsory norm was imposed across nations- “Social Distancing”. Some app categories witnessed a major surge in installations and usage. These include video conferencing apps, telemedicine apps, on-demand grocery delivery apps, on-demand entertainment apps, etc. People were confined to four walls so they fulfilled their daily needs by using these apps.
Regular activities such as office work, attending classes/meetings, or even socializing shifted online to video conferencing platforms. The virtual shift that seemed strange at the beginning soon became the new normal. Video conferencing apps emerged as a savior for corporate communications as well as personal communications.
As the world opened its virtual windows, Zoom secretly entered every home and became a permanent member. Be it a corporate meeting, virtual reunion, family gathering, or attending classes, Zoom covered it all. Let us understand in this blog how Zoom became a prominent household name and how you can also develop an app like Zoom.
Video conferencing is a process of conducting virtual meetings using networking technologies. The video conferencing apps are apps that help you to communicate with a group of people and also simultaneously chat with the group members on the virtual platform.
Zoom has become one of the most prominent and best videos conferencing app, especially in India. The below image shows how Zoom was top on the Download charts during the first week of the lockdown.
An interesting fact about Zoom is that it has been in the limelight in the right places even in the pre-COVID-19 era. According to Gartner’s magic quadrant for meeting solutions, in 2019, Zoom was placed among the leaders along with Microsoft & Cisco. In 2019, it was the best IPO of the year and a top performer in the stock market.
The number of downloads for Zoom skyrocketed to more than 90 million downloads, surpassing TikTok. According to Sameer Raje (Indian Head, Zoom), the two primary reasons for the stellar rise of Zoom was its user-friendly design and flawless meeting experience.
Let’s have a look into the basic features present in video conferencing app like Zoom
First, the registration is optional in the Zoom videoconferencing app. You can attend any meeting by just clicking on the meeting link whether you have an account or not. You can create your account mobile or email account on Zoom.
After registration, users are required to share personal information like email, mobile number, username, etc. Zoom app also provides subscription plans & a secure payment gateway option is integrated into the app for these plans.
Voice & Video calling
The video calling option is available by default in all video conferencing apps. There is also a voice call option as well in your app that helps users to connect abroad or in places where there is limited network connectivity. They can turn their video sharing option off and connect via the audio option.
Video conferencing apps are used for various purposes such as office meetings, personal communication but also for online classes. To add to the user convenience, there is a chat option where the user can interact with each other & share documents, images, and videos.
Group calling is a prominent feature of any video conferencing app. The number of members is decided based on the target audience & business objective. Zoom allows 100 participants in a meeting that can extend to 1000 participants with a large meeting add on.
The video conferencing app is incomplete without the contact list. The users can integrate the contacts from their phone book.
End to end encryption
The end to end encryption is a process in which the message is encrypted on the sender’s device and decrypted on the receiver’s device. So this ensures that the communication is secure and the devices of receiver and sender are the final transfer point.
Screen sharing is a life-saving feature and must-have feature for video conferencing apps. This feature helps you to conduct online presentations, online classes, video streaming, game streaming, etc.
The app notifications notify the users of messages, incoming calls, missed calls, etc. The push notifications help to increase user engagement and constantly remind users of your app.
Background Noise Cancellation
This feature eliminates all the background noise and helps to conduct smooth & hassle-free meetings. The user experience is based mainly on this feature.
Mute Participants Audio
This feature will allow you to mute or unmute the participant’s audio when you are delivering an important presentation or situation demand so.
Disable participants video
This feature allows to disable or enable participant’s video as when required.
Add/ Remove group participants
This feature allows the group admin to add or remove participants as and when required.
Hence, these were the basic features of the video conferencing app.
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Building a video conferencing app like Zoom is a complicated process and requires technical expertise. Hiring a professional and experienced team will help you to concentrate on the idea of the app and not worry about developing it on your own. Let’s get started with the process of building a video chat app
Determine the objective
In the first step, you need to determine the objective behind developing the video conferencing software. You need to consider what is the idea behind developing the app, the unique selling proposition, and the target audience. In short, The clarity about the objective of the app will help to select the app features.
Select app features
Now in the next step, you need to select the features you want in the app according to the objective and target audience. The features of the app are the prima facie of the app and will determine the usability of the app. So, you need to formulate a strategy while deciding the features of the app.
Create App Wireframe
The app wireframe is the visual outline that explains the basic structure of the app. It determines the user journey in the app. The app wireframe needs to be interactive & user friendly.
Develop the App
Back End Development
The back end development deals with server logic. The server logic forms the base of video conferencing app development. The back end development is also called server-side programming. So, it takes place on the server and the database.
Further, the app design comes into the picture. The app design is important because it determines the user-friendliness and customer experience. The app user interface should be interactive and attractive so the customer enjoys using the app.
Front End Development
Now, the front end development takes place. The front-end development is client-side and is everything that the user sees and interacts with.
Test the App
Additionally, the app has been designed and developed. So, it is time to identify all the bugs and errors and fix them.
Launch the App
Finally, your video app is all set to go live.
Thus, these are the stages in the process of video conferencing app development.
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