Finally, after a year on the iOS platform, Clubhouse released its Android app, allowing users to sign up and participate in its audio-only chat rooms.
The Android app has been a top request from its community, it will be released to English-speaking markets and the rest of the world in the next weeks. Users outside the US will be able to pre-register at the Clubhouse page in the Google Play store and will be notified once the Android app will be available in their area.
Unfortunately, the platform will remain invite-only for now, as part of the policies to keep the growth measured.
Despite limited access Clubhouse had a significant hipe in the summer, thanks in part to its early popularity with the venture-capital crowd in Silicon Valley. The company was valued at $4 billion after a recent funding round.
On the other side, this excitement means other tech firms are interested in launching similar audio features of their own. Twitter has already rolled out its own Spaces feature, Discord has added Stage Channels, and Facebook, Spotify, Slack, LinkedIn, and Reddit are all at varying stages of adding similar audio-only features to their services.
The company acknowledged that announcing the Android app that the platform had grown faster than expected, causing a load stressed our systems, server outages, notification failures, and surpassing the limits of our early discovery algorithms but they’ve immediately started working and fixing these issues.
Clubhouse has turned its attention to attracting creators to its platform, they’ve recently announced the results of an accelerator program which will see it fund 50 audio shows on the platform.
With its release on Android, Clubhouse is finally letting US users with an invite on the biggest smartphone OS in the world get involved.