The hugely popular audio-only social media platform, Clubhouse app, has finally come to Android. For now, the Clubhouse Android app will only be available to users residing in the US.
For more than a year after its launch, Clubhouse remained exclusively available on Apple’s App Store only. The Clubhouse iOS app works on an invite-only model, meaning users can only register if they are invited by someone who is already on the Clubhouse platform. The same approach will also be followed for Clubhouse on Android. Users will have to be invited to be able to sign up and participate in audio-only chat rooms on the platform.
Clubhouse Launches on Android
The Clubhouse Android app launched right now is a Beta version that the company is testing before an extensive roll-out worldwide. Clubhouse App Beta is being tested among Android users in the US right now, with the UK and other English-speaking countries to follow in the coming days.
The company said, “Our plan over the next few weeks is to collect feedback from the community, fix any issues we see and work to add a few final features such as payments and club creation, before rolling it out more broadly.”
The audio-only social network, said to be valued at about $4 billion, quickly grew in popularity when it was launched on iOS last year. It attracted many high-profile celebrities, investors and entrepreneurs. Since then, getting Clubhouse on Android has been a top request among the community.
The Android app, currently available only in US, will begin to roll out to other English-speaking markets and the rest of the world in the coming weeks ahead. Users outside the US can pre-register for the app in the Google Play store, and they will be notified when Clubhouse becomes available in their location.
“As we head into the summer and continue to scale out the backend, we plan to begin opening up even further, welcoming millions more from the iOS waitlist, expanding language support, and adding more accessibility features, so that people worldwide can experience Clubhouse in a way that feels native to them,” the company stated in a blog post.
Clubhouse Faces High Competition
The launch of Clubhouse Android app comes at a crucial time. The company has seen a drastic fall in the number of downloads in recent months. After peaking in February with 9.6 million downloads, the figure was down to only 900,000 in April. Being launched on Android could be the push it needs to reinvigorate interest in the app.
Even so, Clubhouse must get ready to face some stiff competition from technology giants like Twitter, Facebook, Spotify, Reddit and LinkedIn. Each of these social platforms has already launched similar offerings or are planning to.
Twitter unveiled Spaces, an audio-streaming feature within the platform, which allows users to participate in audio chat rooms. Currently, it is seen as the biggest competitor to the Clubhouse app. Facebook is also testing an app called Hotline, which offers audio and text chat rooms for its users.
Launching the Android app in such a time could be a great strategy for Clubhouse to get back on the popularity ladder.