Clubhouse, the invite-only social audio app, is now available for download on Android devices in India and around the world. The Android version of the app started testing in the US a few weeks ago, with the aim of bolstering potential growth in the market. Previously, Clubhouse was exclusive to Apple’s iOS since its initial release in March 2020. The audio app gained popularity in the tech world shortly after being used by the likes of Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg.
The Clubhouse Android app is available for download through Google Play Store and is compatible with devices running Android 8.0 or higher. Although the Android version is now available, Clubhouse is still based on the waiting list and invite system. This means that users need an invitation from an existing user to sign up.
Dear all, everywhere: @Android is officially live all over the world!
– Clubhouse (@Clubhouse) May 21, 2021
The invite-only model is designed to keep growth measured, Clubhouse founders wrote in a blog post earlier this month. However, the company plans to open up further and “bring millions more people off the iOS waiting list, expand language support, and add more accessibility features” to the app over time.
Clubhouse drew a large number of users after Elon Musk and other celebrities held audio conversations on the platform earlier this year. After reaching the 9.6 million download milestone in February, the app’s downloads are up fell 72 percent to 2.7 million in March, according to Sensor Tower, a mobile app analytics company. In April the number fell further to 900,000.
The growth sparked in early 2021 attracted companies such as Facebook, Discord and Twitter to step into the social audio space and bring their clubhouse competitors. The app’s sudden popularity also helped Indian replacement Lehar gain momentum.
If you want to experience Clubhouse, you can join the waiting list in the app or ask an existing user for an invite.
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