Clubhouse Android App is finally here! Clubhouse is now available for Android users on Google Play Store. A month after Clubhouse Android App beta version was launched in America, it is now available for android users around the globe, including India as well. Earlier Clubhouse officials had stated their oncoming plans to introduce the Android App universally. It is available for download and is available for devices running on Android 8.0 or later versions.
Clubhouse, an audio-chat social media platform, shared this news on its Twitter official account.
Clubhouse app was first launched last year in March 2020 via Apple store & was available for iPhone users only. This application works in a quite new way of invite only, i.e., you can use the application only if you are invited by someone who already has an account on Clubhouse, otherwise you will have to wait for the invitation to sign-up, by the application itself. The exclusive invite-only design was done to keep the number of users measured.
However, its founders had written that “they are working on getting more & more people on board, from iOS waiting list, on improving their language support & also adding more accessibility features to the app”. What started as a mere start-up app, backed up by venture capital firm, Andreesen Horowitz, gained its popularity when multiple celebrities joined the platform. The app showed partaking of celebrities including American talk show host Oprah Winfrey, Tesla’s & SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, Facebook CO-Founder Mark Zuckerberg, Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary, actor Aston Kutcher, entertainer Kevin Hart, rapper Drake among others.
Since then, Clubhouse App has been in talk amongst users, looking for invites to get on-board, and create or join the room for audio conversations.
Well, this unexpected faster growth came with little pitfalls, Clubhouse said in a blog post earlier that “This has its own downsides, as the load stresses our systems; causing widespread server outages, notification failures, and surpassing the limits of our early discovery algorithms.” As a result of this, the company shifted its focus from company meetups & product features, to hiring, fixing internal issues & company build-up.
That being said, Clubhouse has decided to retain its invite-only waitlist feature on its Android app as well, which is expected to open further in forthcoming months. Meanwhile this feature has helped Clubhouse, in keeping its growth measured’ but on the other hand the app’s download have notably declined since February 2021, when it reached its milestone of 9.6 million downloads.
If we talk about Clubhouse’s popularity in India since February 2021, according to Sensor Tower data, India currently had 90,000 downloads initially, which later dropped from 42,000 in February to just 14,000 in April 2021.
Not just this, several users have complained about the sign-up procedure, its either they are not receiving the verification code, and when they do receive one & punch it, it shows some technical error. And, second thing is when they try to re-enter the mobile, the app says the number is “incorrect” or isn’t “supported.” Owing to this, users have given a 1-star rating to Clubhouse on Google Play Store. More than 1 lakh Android users have downloaded the Clubhouse Android app on their devices, yet a significant percentage of users are still struggling to get an invitation to sign up.
Despite all of this, Clubhouse has gained some fame & some rivals as well. After observing users’ interest in audio-based social applications, several social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Telegram & few others, have been trying to develop their own version of Clubhouse.
Twitter has recently released its new audio feature “Spaces” for both iOS & Android users. Telegram has also launched its Voice Chats 2.0, which lets users run live voice chats sessions and even record voice messages, unlike Clubhouse.
Facebook is also expected to be working on its audio chat feature, Hotline, which might come later this year, for now it’s under beta testing, and Instagram’s live rooms feature is also in competition.
Note: Just remember that this is the public beta version of Clubhouse Android App, and the company is expected to release a stable for android users soon.