Clubhouse Finally Launches its Android Version
An android version of audio-social platform by Clubhouse is now finally available in limited beta, with a wider launch coming soon. As we all know that Clubhouse was working on this from a longer period.
"Today, we are thrilled to share that Clubhouse for Android will start rolling out in beta immediately. We will begin gradually, with the U.S. today, followed by other English-speaking countries and then the rest of the world. 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", Clubhouse explained in a blogpost.
Clubhouse app has some significant limitations at the launch as it does not allow users to create or manage clubs, and no capacity to update your name or update username in-app, among others.
As Clubhouse has launched this after a long period of wait, there comes a question that do users really need Clubhouse now? If they can tune in to all the audio social rooms they want, and are already familiar with - which are available on their device's right now, Isn't it too late for Clubhouse android version already?
According to data from Sensor Tower, Clubhouse's total download numbers fell 72% in March, after peaking at 9.6 million in February. As this count is only for IOS users uptil now but this can largely be attributed to its lack of an Android app.
"Earlier this year, Clubhouse started growing very quickly, as people all over the world began inviting their friends faster than we had ever expected. This had its downsides, as the load stressed our systems—causing widespread server outages and notification failures, and surpassing the limits of our early discovery algorithms. It made us shift our focus to hiring, fixing, and company building, rather than the community meetups and product features that we normally like to focus on. It was an important time of investment, which we think will help us serve the community much better in the long run", said Clubhouse.
As people were engaged last year into investments and had a wider picture of Clubhouse, with better reach of alogrithms, users are now finding it difficult to search Clubhouse rooms that are aligned with their interests. That will only get worse as the app opens up to more people, so Clubhouse needs to work on its algorithm tools to ensure that each user is being alerted to the most relevant content to them, in order to keep them active - and again, returning to the app.
Though it can still win out as it has already started working on better implementations of the version.
As a part of the effort to keep the growth measured, we will be continuing the waitlist and invite system, ensuring that each new community member can bring along a few close friends. As we head into the summer and continue to scale out the backend, we plan to begin opening up even further, welcoming millions more people in from the iOS waitlist, expanding language support, and adding more accessibility features, so that people worldwide can experience Clubhouse in a way that feels native to them."
Hopefully, the arrival of an Android app, slightly ahead of schedule, is a sign of more good things to come for the Clubhouse team.