The (very) popular daily trivia game should launch on the Google Play Store before the end of the month.
The question is not, “When is HQ coming to Android?” That’s a given. Considering how popular the daily trivia app is nowadays—capable of pulling in hundreds of thousands of users for just one 12-question matchup—co-founders Rus Yusupov and Colin Kroll would be foolish not to branch out beyond iOS.
What we’re more concerned about is two things, both related: How many more users will an Android HQ be able to pull in, and what will this do for the quality of the trivia experience? And we’re not just talking about the occasional bits of lag or completely botched games that sometimes happen as a result of the sheer mass of players competing simultaneously. We’re talking about the money. Unless HQ starts dropping its player-killing “savage questions” every single round, doubling (or tripling) the number of people in the game means it’ll be that much trickier to score a huge payout, like last night’s $12,000 prize that two players shared.
Though we don’t know the app’s official launch date on Android, you can now pre-register for HQ on the Google Play Store. The app won’t automatically download once it’s live, but you’ll at least receive a notification that it’s available to download. Expect to see the app launch sometime before the end of the month.
From there, playing is as simple as making an account—and no, we won’t spam our referral code like everyone else writing about HQ—enabling notifications so you don’t forget about the app’s two daily games, and finding any method you can to get yourself through 12 questions without offering up a wrong answer.
Some have attempted to build complicated image-recognition systems that automatically run HQ’s questions through different Google searches. Others just play with a bunch of their friends. Some are just great guessers. Whatever your technique (or typing speed, for quick-Googling answers you don’t know), we wish you the best of luck—you might score big and pull in thousands of dollars, or you might win a measly eight bucks. Either way, you’ll have fun.
As numerous reports have indicated, HQ is currently shopping around Silicon Valley for venture capital funding, so it stands to reason that the company is looking to fill the app with as many daily active users as it possibly can—an easy feat for now, though we’ll be curious how long the HQ craze might continue.