Clubhouse, the invite-only social audio app, is now available for download on Android devices in India and around the world. The Android version of the app started testing in the US a couple of weeks back, aiming to bolster its potential growth in the market. Before that, Clubhouse was exclusive to Apple's iOS since its initial release in March 2020. The audio app gained popularity in the tech world shortly after being used by people like Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and Facebook Co-Founder Mark Zuckerberg.
The Clubhouse Android app is available for download through Google Play store and is compatible with devices running Android 8.0 or later. Although the Android version is now available, Clubhouse is still based on the waitlist and invite system. This means that users will need an invite from an existing user to sign up.
Dear everyone, everywhere: @Android is officially live across the globe!— Clubhouse (@Clubhouse) May 21, 2021
The invite-only model is designed to keep the growth measured, Clubhouse founders wrote in a blog post earlier this month. However, the company plans to open up further and bring “millions more people in from the iOS waitlist, expanding language support, and adding more accessibility features” to the app over time.
Clubhouse attracted a large number of users after Elon Musk and other celebrities hosted audio conversations on the platform earlier this year. However, after reaching the milestone of 9.6 million downloads in February, the app's downloads fell 72 percent to 2.7 million in March, according to mobile app analytics firm Sensor Tower. The number dropped further to 900,000 in April.
The growth sparked in early 2021 attracted companies including Facebook, Discord, and Twitter to enter the social audio space and bring their Clubhouse competitors. Sudden popularity of the app also helped its Indian substitute Lehar to gain some momentum.
If you want to experience Clubhouse, you can either join the waitlist on the app or ask an existing user for an invite.