Clubhouse finally begins testing long awaited Android version


Clubhouse is finally testing an Android version of its popular live-audio app. In an announcement, the company said that it’s trying out this version with “a handful of friendly testers.”


This means the app is currently in a closed beta— so you can’t sign up to try it just yet —with more users to be included in the coming weeks. After launching in March last year, the iOS-only app became a sensation because it had an invite system to make people feel special and a new style of real-time audio interaction with no recording features.


Recent data from analytics firm Sensor Tower suggests that in March, Clubhouse downloads plunged by 72% as compared to the previous month. And as someone who spends a few hours a week on the platform, I’ve heard many people say that the app has become a bit boring.


Some folks from the current Clubhouse community liked the exclusive nature of the app, and might not like that Android users are coming on to the platform. But honestly they don’t have to worry as it’ll most likely only be a teeny tiny fraction of Android’s massive user base.


I’m willing to bet we’ll see the same initial rush to download the app on Android as we first saw with iOS. But those new users will also run into the same challenge of creating and discovering interesting sessions.

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