After being only available on iPhones, Clubhouse has finally started to beta test on Android.
In addition to being invite-only, Clubhouse has been exclusively available for iPhones. Those on Android phones haven’t yet had a chance to use the app. However, Clubhouse is now starting to privately beta test the app on Android devices. Finally.
Clubhouse Starts Beta Testing on Android
During the company’s weekly announcements on the app, Clubhouse announced that it has started to beta test the Android version of Clubhouse with some selected individuals. The testers are external to the company, and will beta test the app before it’s released to the public.
As we can see from the official release notes, this is a rough beta that was released to a select few users.
Android BETA testing beginning. Android is not yet live, but we started rolling a rough beta version out to a handful of friendly testers. If you hear someone saying they are using Clubhouse on the official Android app, please give them a warm welcome! We cannot wait to welcome more Android users to Clubhouse over the coming weeks. 🙂 🎉
The beta is not open to public sign-ups currently. Due to the exclusivity of the app, it’s unlikely that Clubhouse will open up the beta to the public. However, the release notes mention that there will be more Android users added in the coming weeks. If this isn’t a public beta, this would suggest that the app might be released on Android in the coming weeks.
Town Hall Highlights
💪 Continued work on Android, payments, & lots of plumbing
🐛 Fixed bugs in a second release after last Sunday’s update
🎨 Watch Clubhouse HQ for an update on the Creator First Program Weds @ 9am PST
👀 @anuatluru confirms she is still watching Survivor
— Clubhouse (@Clubhouse) May 2, 2021
While nothing was confirmed in the release notes for the beta, it’s safe to assume that Clubhouse will continue the app’s exclusivity with regard to invites. It’s a pretty key feature of the app, so probably won’t change anytime soon.
What Is Clubhouse?
Clubhouse is an invite-only social media app. Unlike most social media apps, there are no photos or words to upload. Instead, Clubhouse works by setting up chatrooms to allow users to speak to one another on the app. A good comparison to make is that the app is similar to a live podcast.
In each room, there can be one or multiple speakers presenting to an audience of listeners on the app. Another unique feature of Clubhouse is that there are no ads, which gives users a much better experience.
The app became rather well-known for the unique audio style of social media, and for the hype of people trying to grab an invitation. Clubhouse has become so popular that other social media companies are racing to create similar platforms.
Download: Clubhouse for iOS (Free)
Coming Soon to an Android Device Near You
Pushing Clubhouse into a beta test is a clear sign that the app will be coming soon to Android devices. For now, there’s not much to do but wait for Clubhouse and the testers to iron out all the bugs. Then, you should see Clubhouse become available in the Play Store.
Are invite-only social media apps a good idea for users, or just a gimmick based on the idea of exclusivity?
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