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Clubhouse launches its Android app in beta

The audio-based social platform, Clubhouse, which has grown like wildfire over the past year on iOS, is finally coming to Android in beta, the company announced on Sunday.

Clubhouse for Android has started rolling out in USA, followed by other English-speaking countries and then the rest of the world.

Clubhouse will also be adding payments and club creation features in the coming months. The app will remain invite-only on Android, too, and anyone who doesn’t already have a friend on Clubhouse can join the waitlist to sign up for the app.

The Android app will run on devices with Android OS 8 and newer. Clubhouse is also currently working on adding the following features to their Android app.

  • Payments
  • Club creation or club management
  • Twitter and Instagram account linking
  • Sidebar
  • Localisation
  • In-app translations
  • Name and username update option in the app
  • Reporting recent speaker option

Over the coming months, people on the iOS waitlist can expect to be granted access to the Clubhouse app as the company expands its backend support infrastructure. They’ll also be adding support for new languages to the app alongside accessibility features.

“Earlier this year, Clubhouse started growing very quickly, as people all over the world began inviting their friends faster than we had ever expected. Today, we are thrilled to share that Clubhouse for Android will start rolling out in beta immediately,” Clubhouse announced.

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Slow and steady wins the race: Can Clubhouse too?

While Clubhouse is the first one to introduce audio rooms where people can host conversations, it can be argued that the company has been slow to introduce new features, accommodate more users and penetrate the significantly higher number of prospective users on Android.

The invite-only app does sound intriguing and has successfully managed to create a buzz; however, that excitement can quickly die down if existing popular social networking sites add features of Clubhouse to their own app — and they have or at least begun the work to get there; probably quicker.

Last month, Facebook announced that they’re working on several audio features, including an audio creation tool, podcasts, live audio rooms and Soundbites, a short form audio clip tool.

The live audio rooms in Facebook and Messenger is set to rival the popular audio chat app, Clubhouse. Facebook is expected to ship this feature worldwide in the next few months.

Twitter also launched a Clubhouse-like audio feature called Spaces in December 2020 for selected users, which was rolled out to everyone with more than 600 followers last week for Android and iOS users.

Clubhouse needs to innovate in the space and act quicker than they’ve been to cement their position in the market and survive the competition because Twitter and Facebook enjoy a much larger chunk of the internet userbase and also the infrastructure to scale up quicker, which could easily eat into Clubhouse’s current or potential users and any prospective profits in the near future.

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