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Are you smarter than your friends?

Are you smarter than your friends?

Have you heard of "HQ," the app that has taken the world by storm? Released last summer for iOS and in December for Android, it is a free trivia-based game that pits people against each other to see who can answer every question correct.

Normally, there will be 12-to-15 timed, multiple choice questions posed at 3 p.m. EST and 9 p.m. EST. Answer the first question correctly, and you move on to the second. Answer that one right, and you get to the third.

This goes on until you get to the last one, if answered correctly it leads you to a money prize. The standard prize is $5,000, though the money is divided up between however many winners there are that round.

Special games have led to prizes of $25,000, but for the most part the only incentive to play, besides testing your intelligence, has been to try and win some money.

You can also win bragging rights over friends

Winning money is no doubt plenty of fun, which is why HQ quickly exploded into being one of the most popular apps in the world. Most games begin with millions of people involved, though the number gets whittled down with every question asked.

The process is fun and fairly quick (especially so if you get one of the early questions wrong), which is why it is so popular. But a new update is set to make it even more enjoyable.

Because now the game is giving us the chance to pit ourselves against friends with the addition of a feature called "Friends on HQ."

If you've ever wanted to see who knows more about stuff, you or your friends, this is how. With the update, you can connect with friends to not only see who is playing in any given game, but also to compare high scores and wins.

This change seems simple enough, and it may even be overdue. As great as trying to win money by answering questions is, matching up and comparing yourself with friends and family should make for an even more enjoyable experience.

Unless, of course, they beat you. But we don't have to talk about that.

The app is free to download for both iOS and Android. Simply click the appropriate link below inside the blue box.

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