After more than a year of iOS exclusivity, the social audio platform Clubhouse is launching its Android application. It will be available in beta on Google’s mobile operating system today in the United States, allowing users to register and participate in its audio-only chat rooms.
“Our plan over the next few weeks is to gather feedback from the community, resolve any issues we’re seeing, and work to add some final features like payments and club building before we roll them out more widely,” he said. the company said in a blog post.
The Android app, which the company says is by far the number one demand for its community, will roll out to other English-speaking markets and the rest of the world in the days and weeks to come, the company said. Users outside of the United States will be able to pre-register to access through the Clubhouse page of the Google Play Store, to be notified when the Android app is available in their region.
However, Clubhouse said the platform will remain by invitation only for the time being, meaning it is still not open to just anyone, “as part of the effort to keep measured growth. The company said in a statement. Over the summer, the company plans to start migrating what it says are the millions of iOS users who were put on the waitlist while the company built the infrastructure for the app.
Despite limited access, Clubhouse generated significant buzz, in part thanks to its early popularity with the venture capital crowd scattered throughout Silicon Valley. The company was recently valued at $ 4 billion after a new round of funding.
However, this early excitement has meant that several large tech companies are interested in launching their own similar audio features. Twitter has already rolled out its own Spaces feature, Discord has added Stage Channels, and Facebook, Spotify, Slack, LinkedIn, and Reddit are all in varying stages of adding similar audio-only features to their services.
The company acknowledged in its post announcing the Android app that the platform has grown faster than expected. “This had its drawbacks, as the load was straining our systems – causing widespread server outages and notification failures, and exceeding the limits of our early discovery algorithms,” the post said. “This has led us to focus on hiring, repairing and building a business, rather than meeting the community and the product features that we normally like to focus on.”
With more than a year to its credit, Clubhouse has focused on attracting creators to its platform, and recently announced the results of an accelerator program that will allow it to fund 50 audio shows on the platform. Now, with its release on Android, Clubhouse is finally allowing US users with an invitation on the world’s largest smartphone operating system to get involved.