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Android phone owners, get ready: HQ Trivia, the live game show app that’s surged to popularity on iOS, is coming to you. After a delay of its initially anticipated Christmas Day launch, HQ Trivia should land on Android on Jan. 1.
HQ Trivia is a free iOS app that acts as a live game show, with games taking place each day at 9pm ET, and weekdays at 3pm ET. Its host reads out a series of 12 multiple choice questions in quick succession. If you get every question right, you and the other winners split a cash prize pool. The prize pool is a set amount: It was $1,000, but the company recently upped it to $2,000. Winners of the 10-minute game usually end up getting around $150, but can sometimes reach up to $500. It all depends on how many people get all the questions correct. If you miss a question, you’re out—better luck next time.
The action all happens through live video, with a chatroom for participants below. Whether you win or lose, you can watch (and chat) the rest of the game.
Android users can pre-register to download the app in the Google Play store here. When you pre-register, you’ll get a notification the moment the app is available for download. In a tweet, the company said that HQ Trivia is currently available as a limited beta, but should roll out to all Android users by the first of the year.
Android update: we’re in limited beta as of Christmas Day & are working quickly on patches, so we can continue to roll it out to more testers throughout the week. Our goal is to make it available to ALL by Jan. 1.— HQ Trivia (@hqtrivia) December 26, 2017
Pre-register for updates: https://t.co/h47yTsixNJ
While the app isn’t as popular as, say, last year’s Pokémon Go craze, it has a dedicated—and growing—cult following that includes a number of entire offices and companies. (Mostly tech companies, though: Examples include Spotify, Uber, and Tumblr.)
Among those who’ve tried it, the HQ Trivia game has become a daily habit. It’s a modern take on the age-old favorite quiz show. However, some see something more sinister in its future—for example, the Atlantic called it “a harbinger of dystopia.” With the app available cross-platform soon, we’ll better find out whether it’s another innocent gaming trend or a culture-changing addiction.
H/T the Verge
Christina Bonnington is a tech reporter who specializes in consumer gadgets, apps, and the trends shaping the technology industry. Her work has also appeared in Gizmodo, Wired, Refinery29, Slate, Bicycling, and Outside Magazine. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and has a background in electrical engineering.