Clubhouse to launch Android app, Technology News

Clubhouse to launch Android app, Technology News

Clubhouse announced on Sunday that it will be launching a test version of its Android app. App downloads have dropped significantly. Against this background, the Android launch is being seen as a potentially huge growth in its market.

The app, which grew in reputation earlier this 12 months after appearing in audio chats of celeb billionaire Elon Musk and others, has sparked copy cats from startups and big rivals with FB Inc and Twitter Inc.

It is only available to customers of Apple devices and through invitation. In some markets such as China, the invitations were so much needed that some were auctioned off in online markets.

The app’s downloads peaked in this 12 months with 9.6 million downloads in February. That number fell to 2.7 million in March. In April, the number of downloads fell to more than 900,000.

The drop in downloads raised questions about whether Clubhouse’s reputation was sustainable in the long term.

The long-awaited Android launch is expected to succeed more new customers globally. The Android app may initially be launched in the US. It will then reach other English-language markets and then the rest of the world and US markets weeks after the beta launch.

Clubhouse, which created the class, is now facing the likes of FB, whose CEO Mark Zuckerberg introduced a range of audio merchandise in April, including a clubhouse-style live audio room and a way for subscribers to discover and play podcasts.

In January, Twitter Inc. said it would introduce a new feature to allow subscribers access to its live audio chat rooms in its “Area” feature, as the company seeks to court additional content creators. It has been available for Android customers since March.

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