Gadget Insights:The audio only, invite based and exclusive communication app Clubhouse is now all set to be released on Android, with a beta version already released and ready for use in the U.S from Sunday. The app will be gradually available in other English-speaking countries as well around the world, with only a pre-register option available in Play Store for the app.
The application was valued at $4 billion recently and had been available only in iPhone until now. Owing to its invite-only based entry into its social network, the application quickly gained popularity among the several high-profile celebrities, politicians and entrepreneurs around the world. Clubhouse is backed by A16z and Tiger Global.
Clubhouse said that it started working on its Android version earlier this year and it has been the most requested update that has been asked for ever since its debut in the market. The company plans to collect feedbacks from the Android community and further modify or add features like payments and club creation before going global with it.
As per some reports from certain mobile insight firms, Clubhouse seems to be struggling with its growth as it once witnessed 9.6 million downloads just being on iPhone and dropped down drastically to 900,000 downloads in February. Now the application’s Android debut is expected to boost its downloads numbers within a few months of its global rollout.
Experts claim that if Clubhouse could let down its practice of invite-only users and let users join without invitation it could potentially supercharge the sales of the application worldwide coupled with its Android availability as well. But the company claims that its invite-only userbase keeps its growth measured apparently.
In April, Twitter unsuccessfully pursued after Clubhouse to acquire them, leading them to create their own version of one such voice-chat application called Spaces, which is available for Twitter users above 600 followers. Facebook also announced to release its own version named Live Audio Chatrooms over summer.
Both the social media giants have the capability to create one such application, a user base to attract to the new social networks and the competency as well to do so. So, it is best for Clubhouse to discontinue its existing practices and adopt more liberal approach to attract more users as it is moving into the Android users’ market that is already dominated by other social networks as well.
The Clubhouse team said that as it is moving forward the social network will further open up to millions of users worldwide, incorporate more languages support and add more of the accessibility features to make the network application more native and familiar to the millions if new users worldwide.