At a Glance
Clubhouse has launched its Android version of the highly popular application. But as of now, it is only available in the USA.
On Sunday, the voice-based social network released a beta Android version on the Google Play Store for users in the United States, with plans to expand the app to other English-speaking countries and then across the world.
Last year, Clubhouse, which was recently priced at $4 billion, debuted as an iPhone-only app. After its launch, the app exploded in popularity, drawing many high-profile actors, politicians, developers, and entrepreneurs.
Clubhouse began working on the Android app early this year, and the beta version was released to the public this month. They said that the most demanded product feature was available on Android.
In their announcement post, the team 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 like payments and club creation before rolling it out more broadly.”
The Android app may be critical in expanding the startup’s global presence as data from mobile insight firms suggests that Clubhouse has struggled to sustain its rise. The number of installs has fallen dramatically in recent months.
Clubhouse could theoretically boost its development by inviting anyone to join the service without an invitation. However, the waitlist and invite scheme will remain, according to the startup, as part of its attempt to keep the development measured.
Clubhouse’s Android launch arrives when a slew of tech titans, including Facebook, Twitter, Discord, Spotify, Reddit, and Microsoft’s LinkedIn, have either announced or revealed similar services.
Spaces, a Twitter replica of Clubhouse, has emerged as one of the most serious rivals of the A16z and Tiger Global-backed startup. Twitter Spaces is also available for Android.
As we head into the summer and continue to scale out the backend, we plan to begin opening up even further, welcoming millions of more people in 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.Clubhouse team
A variety of features are currently missing from Clubhouse’s beta Android app, including the ability to follow a subject, in-app translations, localization, the ability to build or manage a club, the ability to connect Twitter and Instagram accounts, payments, and the ability to alter the profile name or user name.
“With Android, we believe that Clubhouse will feel more complete,” the company said.