Audio-based social start-up Clubhouse has finally released an Android app as the high-profile company saw its popularity start to wane.
The app, initially only available in beta in the US before a wider global launch and release, is, like the iOS version, still by invitation-only. This means that while Android users now have the potential to access the service, they can’t just sign up.
“Our plan over the next few weeks is to gather feedback from the community, resolve any issues we see, and work to add some final features like payments and club building before we roll them out more widely,” he said. declared Clubhouse in a blog post. “As part of the effort to keep measured growth, we will maintain the waitlist and invite system, ensuring that every new member of the community can bring a few close friends.
Clubhouse has grown into one of the hottest tech startups over the past year, with matching venture capital funding. In April, Clubhouse raised a Series C round on a valuation of $ 4 billion after previously raising $ 110 million. Its investors include leading venture capital firms such as DST Global, Tiger Global and Andreessen Horowitz.
Suffice it to say, the company is bursting with cash to spend, which is why its seemingly icy pace in bringing an Android app to market has been surprising. Until recently, even iOS and by invitation only, Clubhouse has found a willing audience.
But lately, interest seems to be waning. After registering 9.6 million downloads in February, the number of downloads fell to around 900,000 in April, according to sensor tower data. The decline in interest also occurs when other social media companies enter the market.
After holding unsuccessful talks to acquire Clubhouse in April, Twitter Inc. launched a rival service called Twitter Spaces on May 3 and immediately made it available to all Twitter users with more than 600 followers. Facebook Inc. also announced in April the release of new audio products, including a Clubhouse competitor called “Live Audio Rooms” over the summer.
While it takes time for Twitter and Facebook to catch up with Clubhouse, both have massive existing audiences they can tap into. The longer the Clubhouse takes on a full Android rollout and retains its invite-only platform, the more likely it is to lose its first-come advantage.
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