After more than a year of existence, Clubhouse has announced rolling out beta testing of its app on Android devices.
Previously, it had only been available on the iOS platform.
However, Clubhouse would now be available to Android users.
According to the blog post announcement, the company claimed a significant fall in downloads compared to when it started.
In its analysis of the situation, Kevin Tewe, an all-in content-creator agency founder, mentioned that the global pandemic was a huge contribution to Clubhouse’s initial success.
Now that individuals are now allowed to interact in person, it is gradually becoming irrelevant.
However, it was pointed out that it resulted from the ‘load stressed on their system’.
When it launched, people were using its platform faster than expected; so, the system couldn’t handle it.
Also, It said it was “causing widespread server outages and notification failures, and surpassing the limits of our early discovery algorithms.”
However, Clubhouse plans on fixing the issue by collecting feedback from users.
“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,” the company had noted in the blog post.
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Other plans for the platform
The audio-only app has also announced that it would be testing the app in the US first. And “in the coming days” expand to the UK and other English-speaking countries.
However, the company said that users outside of the US could register to receive a notification when it is finally available in their region.
However, the company said it would continue to keep its waitlist and invite system; this was an effort to measure its growth. This means that they will need to have an invite link for them to be in a room for users to access rooms on the platform.
“Clubhouse is still invite-only, so they are not judging success by how many people are using it.
They are much more focused on getting compelling content creators and then hoping that the users will follow at some point in the future.”, this was by the Enders Analysis technology head, Joseph Evans.
South Coast Social, social-media agency founder Clare Groombridge said, “People can now have the best of both worlds on the platforms they know and trust, rather than jumping between multiple social networks,”.
In the future, Clubhouse plans to allow more invite into the rooms; expands its language support, be more accessible by adding more accessibility tools.
Clubhouse lauds Android users for their patience. And it plans on making its platform a lot complete and vulnerable to all communities.
Battle of audio platforms
Despite the launch for Android users, this might be a tough one for Clubhouse; some users have already found an alternative.
The arising question since the announcement is how would Clubhouse compete with other audio platforms, which have made audio features that can be accessible to all users, like Twitter.
With competitors like Facebook, Twitter and some other platforms making this possible already for Android users. Can we say these clone features have affected the usability of the platform?