The Clubhouse Android app is now available worldwide


Bangalore: Clubhouse, an invitation-only social audio platform, has launched its Android app worldwide, including India. This comes a few weeks after the app launched a beta in the United States.

Launched in early 2020, the start-up backed by venture capitalist Andreessen Horowitz was only available on Apple’s iOS platform for about a year and had announced plans to roll out the Android app through the world earlier this week.

That said, Clubhouse still takes a measured approach with the rollout of its Android app. Earlier this month, the company said it would keep its waitlist and invite system on Android for now and open it more in the coming months.

Indeed, it has grown much faster than its expectations, in part due to the stay-at-home restrictions put in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic. systems, causing widespread server outages and notification failures, and exceeding the limits of our early discovery algorithms, “Clubhouse had said in a blog post earlier this month. normally like to focus on.

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Clubhouse’s current Android app is pretty straightforward in terms of features compared to its iOS counterpart. The app does not allow users to link their social profiles, change their profile name, follow a topic, or create or manage a club.

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The buzzy social app has raised back-to-back funds from investors Andreessen Horowitz, DST Global and Tiger Global, among others, and is currently valued at $ 4 billion, a four-fold jump from its valuation of 1. billion dollars when she raised 100 dollars. million dollars in Series B funding in January.

However, it faces growing competition in the segment as several tech companies such as Twitter, Discord, Facebook, Spotify, Reddit, LinkedIn, Slack, and Telegram have launched or are working on their own competing products.

Twitter Spaces currently allows all users in India to host audio discussion forums, which the microblogging company calls a “Space”. Outside of India, Twitter users with 600 or more followers can host a space.

This launch should give Clubhouse a much needed boost for users, as its downloads have plummeted in recent months. In India, Clubhouse recorded 14,000 downloads in April, down from 20,000 installations in March and a peak of 42,000 in February this year. It has registered around 6,700 downloads through May 16, according to data shared by Sensor Tower.

Overall, the app had recorded just 922,000 downloads worldwide in April, a significant drop from 2.7 million installs in March and 9.6 million in February, according to Sensor data. Tower.


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