Clubhouse now on Android beta version

The new voice-based social network app now available in the US and will roll out to the rest of the world soon

Clubhouse launched on IOS in 2020

Clubhouse launched in March 2020 along with the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic in the USA and was when began as a social media startup by founders Paul Davison and Rohan Seth in Fall 2019. Until yesterday, Clubhouse had only been available on iOS. Where an iPhone user can download the app, listen in on other people’s live conversations, and also given the opportunity to join the chat. However, as a new user, you need an invitation from an existing Clubhouse user to get access. Every new user gets two invites, and they earn more as they use the app. You can ask your friends if they have one or you could buy an invite from the eBay platform.

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The Rise of Clubhouse App

The new voice-based social network app has proved popular as the pandemic kept many people from seeing their friends and family, thus the availability on Play Store has been the most demanded product feature. Now the Clubhouse app is available for Android devices after more than a year on IOS. The Clubhouse company has announced last Sunday that Clubhouse finally has an Android app “beta version” that you can download from the Play Store and would begin rolling out immediately in the US, will gradually make the new app available in other English-speaking countries, and then the rest of the world.

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The company acknowledged in its post announcing the Android app that the platform had grown faster than expected. “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” As Clubhouse Team Stated.  Clubhouse says the platform will remain invite-only for now, meaning it’s still not open to just anyone, “as part of the effort to keep the growth measured,” the company said in a statement.

Social Audio Market Heats Up

The Clubhouse Android app launch comes at a time when it started to get cloned by social media giants such as Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, Linkedin, Reddit, and Discord. All of them are at varying stages of adding similar live chat audio features to their products. In April 2021, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed the company’s plan to enter the social audio space. “We think that audio is also going to be a first-class medium,” Zuckerberg told journalist Casey Newton in a conversation broadcast on Discord. “Every once in a while a new medium comes along that can be adopted into a lot of different areas,” Zuckerberg said. “I think that’s going to be true with these live audio rooms.”

Clubhouse on IOS
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That start-up’s speedy rise was duly noted by other established platforms as well, who have launched or planned to announce their own audio features in the near future, Reddit has said it’s also planning to launch Reddit Talk as a new audio chat feature, LinkedIn is working on one, and Twitter now is testing an audio live chat feature renowned as Spaces.

The App will feel more complete with 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,” As Clubhouse Team Wrote.

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Is Clubhouse the next biggest social network?

The Clubhouse was recently valued at $4 billion in its recent fundraise and quickly spiked in popularity early this year after celebrity billionaire Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, and attracting several high-profile celebrities, investors, entrepreneurs, and politicians appeared in audio chats.

Now, the long-anticipated Android launch is expected to reach more new users globally, and with its release on Alphabet Inc’s Android App, Clubhouse is finally letting US users with an invite on the popular smartphone OS in the world get involved and will roll out to the rest of the world soon.

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