Clubhouse has finally released its version for Android, which is available in limited beta for now, starting with users in the US, before it is launched on a bigger scale. “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 like payments and club creation before rolling it out more broadly," explained the audio social company.
There are some limitations in Clubhouse’s Android app currently. A few of them include the absence of options to follow topics, lack of option to create or manage clubs, and no capacity to update your name or update username in-app. The version has been, nevertheless, much awaited and could give a boost to Clubhouse’s progress.
With the absence of a Clubhouse app for Android previously, social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter began creating their versions of Clubhouse-like audio social options. Therefore, even though Clubhouse initiated the audio social trend, the company has had to face challenges with its growth due to the lack of an app for Android users.
Data from Sensor Tower reveals that Clubhouse's total download numbers fell 72% in March, after peaking at 9.6 million in February. Of course, this has a lot to do with the lack of an Android app, along with other factors like the rising competition within the audio social space, as well as Clubhouse's invite-only approach. The invite-only approach was a key feature of Clubhouse and accounted for its growth initially, but has now become a limitation as more platforms started creating their audio social features.
Now with Clubhouse having released its Android app at last, the question is if the platform will be able to maintain its position among its rivals.