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Clubhouse comes to Android; will remain invite only

The viral platform’s Android version has been expected for over a year now, especially since Twitter brought competing platform Spaces to Android in March

The app will be available only to users in the US right now, but the company said it would be coming to other “English speaking countries” and the rest of the world in future. (REUTERS)Premium
The app will be available only to users in the US right now, but the company said it would be coming to other “English speaking countries” and the rest of the world in future. (REUTERS)

NEW DELHI : Popular audio-only social media platform, Clubhouse, has finally come to Android. The app will be available only to users in the US right now, but the company said it would be coming to other “English speaking countries" and the rest of the world in future. “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 such as payments and club creation, before rolling it out more broadly," the company said in a blog post.

The app will continue with its invite only model, meaning users can only join the platform on Android if they are invited by someone who is already on Clubhouse. “As we head into the summer and continue to scale out the backend, we plan to begin opening up even further, welcoming millions more 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," the blog post said. Users outside the US can pre-register for the app through the Google Play Store right now.

The viral platform’s Android version has been expected for over a year now, especially since Twitter brought competing platform Spaces to Android in March. Clubhouse is also gearing up for competition from the world’s largest social network, Facebook, which unveiled a host of audio features it will be adding over the rest of the year. Indian short video platform, Chingari, had also unveiled an app called Fireside (which emulates Clubhouse) earlier this month.

Clubhouse’s popularity has grown exponentially over the past year, thanks to a general growth in audio and video chat platforms. The company raised a series C funding round in April, which raised its valuation to $4 billion. The round, which was financed by Andrew Chen, Partner at investment firm Andreessen Horowitz, DST Global, Tiger Global and more, tripled Clubhouse’s valuation since its series B round in January.

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Prasid Banerjee
An engineering dropout, Prasid Banerjee has reported on technology in India for various publications. He reports on technology through text and audio, focusing on its core aspects, like consumer impact, policy and the future.
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Published: 10 May 2021, 11:36 AM IST
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