After more than a year of iOS exclusivity, the social audio platform Clubhouse is releasing its Android app. It is available in beta on Google’s mobile operating system in the US starting today, allowing users to sign in and join the audio-only chat rooms.
“Our plan for the coming weeks is to gather feedback from the community, fix any issues we see, and work on adding some final features, such as payments and club creation, before expanding is being rolled out, “the company said in a blog post.
The Android app, which the company says is by far the most important request from its community, will be rolled out to other English-speaking markets and around the world in the coming days and weeks, the company said. Users outside the US can pre-register for access through the Clubhouse page on the Google Play Store to be notified when the Android app is available in their region.
However, Clubhouse says the platform will remain invite-only for now, meaning it still won’t be accessible to everyone, “as part of the effort to measure growth,” the company said in a statement. Over the summer, the company plans to begin migrating it claims millions of iOS users who were on the waiting list while the company built the app’s infrastructure.
Despite limited access, Clubhouse has generated significant buzz thanks in part to its early popularity with the venture capital crowd scattered across Silicon Valley. The company was recently valued at $ 4 billion after another round of funding.
However, this early excitement has led several major tech companies to be interested in launching similar proprietary 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 at different stages of adding similar audio-only features to their services.
The company acknowledged in its message announcing the Android app that the platform had grown faster than expected. “This had its drawbacks, as the load put a strain on our systems, leading to widespread server outages and errors, and exceeding the limits of our early detection algorithms,” the report said. “It made us shift our focus to recruiting, repairing and business building, rather than the community meetups and product features that we normally like to focus on.”
With more than a year under its belt, Clubhouse has turned its attention to attracting creators to its platform and recently announced the results of an accelerator program that will fund 50 audio shows on the platform. Now, with the release on Android, Clubhouse is finally letting US users join an invite on the largest smartphone operating system in the world.