Clubhouse has been exclusively available on iOS since its launch. Starting Sunday, Android users in the US can participate in audio-only socialization.
The social media app announced the long-awaited availability for Android users at its weekly town hall on Sunday.
Android users in the US will be able to download the app starting May 9. Users around the world will be able to pre-register through the Clubhouse page of the Google Play Store to be notified when the app is available in their region.
Clubhouse will continue to apply its invite-only system – which allows existing community members to invite a handful of contacts – to Android users “as part of the effort to keep measured growth,” according to a press release on the launch of Android.
The announcement comes a week after Clubhouse announced the start of beta testing for a “handful of friendly testers.”
“It’s been just over a year since we decided to build a new kind of network – a more human place on the voice-based internet, where people from all corners of the world could come together to talk, listen, spend time. , share, debate, learn from each other, deepen your friendships, meet new people and experience unforgettable moments together, ”shared Paul Davison, Rohan Seth and the Clubhouse team in a press release welcoming users from Android.
“We’ve always taken a measured approach to growing, keeping the team small, building up in public and getting community feedback along the way. When you scale communities too quickly, things can break down. So we launched Clubhouse on a single platform and we have gradually grown through an invitation template. Earlier this year, Clubhouse started to grow very quickly as people all over the world started inviting their friends faster than expected. This had its drawbacks, as the load strained our systems – causing widespread server outages and notification failures, and exceeding the limits of our early discovery algorithms. This has led us to focus on hiring, repairing, and building a business, rather than meeting the community and product features that we normally like to focus on. It was a significant period of investment that we believe will help us better serve the community in the long term.
“The good thing about this period is that it showed us how universal the voice is as a medium. The same types of chambers that we saw forming last year in the United States quickly began to form in Japan, Brazil, and Nigeria. Farmers in rural Georgia have befriended entrepreneurs in Tanzania. Film clubs have been formed in India. We saw German debate rooms, Italian songs, and Middle Eastern trivia games. We have seen firsthand what we have always believed – that the need to reunite with other humans is universal. Throughout this time, we have felt the need to be multiplatform more than ever, ”Davison and Seth continued in their statement. “Today, we are delighted to announce that Clubhouse for Android will immediately begin rolling out in beta. We will start gradually, with the United States today, followed by other English-speaking countries and then the rest of the world. Our plan over the next few weeks is to gather feedback from the community, resolve any issues we see, and work to add a few final features like payments and club building before we roll them out more widely. “
“As part of the effort to keep growth measured, we will maintain the waitlist and invite system, ensuring that every new member of the community can bring a few close friends. As we move into the summer and continue to expand the backend, we plan to start opening up even more, welcoming millions more to the iOS waitlist, expanding language support and adding more accessibility features, so people around the world can experience Clubhouse. in a way that seems native to them. With Android, we think Clubhouse will feel more complete. We are very grateful to all Android users for their patience. Whether you are a creator, club organizer, or someone who just wants to explore, we are delighted to welcome you to the community. “