Clubhouse finally launches its Android app – TechCrunch

by Emma

Clubhouse finally has an Android app that you can download from the Play Store — provided you live in the U.S. The voice social network launched its beta Android app on the Play Store for users in the U.S. on Sunday and said it will gradually make the new app available in other English-speaking countries and then the rest of the world.

The social network, valued at about $4 billion in its most recent fundraising, launched as an iPhone-only app last year. The startup, which still requires new users to secure an invite from existing Clubhouse members, recently began testing the Android app.

Clubhouse finally launches its Android app – TechCrunch

“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 team wrote.

Clubhouse’s launch on Android comes when scores of technology giants, including Facebook, Twitter, Discord, Spotify, Reddit, and Microsoft’s LinkedIn, have either launched their similar offerings — or announced plans to do so.

Twitter’s clone of Clubhouse, called Spaces, has emerged as one of the biggest competitors to the A16z and Tiger Global-backed startup. An unplanned Twitter Spaces, available on Android and hosted by a high-profile Indian startup founder on earlier Sunday, attracted hundreds of listeners within a few minutes, for instance.

“As a part of the effort to keep the growth measured, we will be continuing the waitlist and invite system, ensuring that each new community member can bring along a few close friends. 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 wrote.

Clubhouse’s beta Android app currently lacks several features such as the ability to follow a topic, in-app translations, localization, ability to create or manage a club, link Twitter and Instagram profiles, payments, and the ability to change the profile name or user name. “With Android, we believe that Clubhouse will feel more complete,” read the blog post.

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