The popular live audio app Clubhouse has been around for more than a year – but only on Apple phones. An Android version of the application did not previously exist. This is now changing. According to the BBC, the developers have now also developed an app for Android smartphones.
This will first be launched in the USA. In the next few days, other English-speaking countries such as Great Britain are to be added. “Our plan is to collect feedback from the community over the next few weeks, to fix problems and to enable more features such as payments and the creation of clubs,” writes Clubhouse in one Blog post.
Is the hype already dying out?
The rest of the world doesn’t have to wait long either, they say. Because the app should be rolled out worldwide for all Android users in the coming weeks. At the same time, Clubhouse would like to thank the Android users for their patience. “It doesn’t matter whether you are a creator, a club organizer, or someone who just wants to drop by – we look forward to welcoming you to our community,” says the company.
The clubhouse has around 13.4 million users. The hype surrounding the new app was particularly high at the beginning of 2021. In February alone, 9.6 million people installed the app on their smartphones. But is the Android version a little late? Because as great as the hype was at the beginning of the year, it seems slowly but surely to subside. Because already in March the download numbers fell to 2.7 million and in April to 900,000.
One reason for the dwindling interest in Clubhouse could be found in the big competitor’s Facebook and Twitter. Since the clubhouse hype, both have followed up with their own versions of the audio platform. For example, Facebook is currently testing a web-based app called “Hotline”, on which people can communicate with a large number of listeners via audio and text messages. Twitter again launched the “Spaces” platform, which is built directly into the Twitter app. These are also audio chat rooms for Twitter users.
In addition, Clubhouse has made headlines again and again because of a lack of data security. For example, the data of 1.3 million Clubhouse users appeared in a hacker forum. In addition, the Stiftung Warentest Clubhouse has issued miserable marks in terms of data protection. The app is not only “hungry for data”, but also violates the law on several points. It remains to be seen whether Clubhouse can keep up the hype surrounding its platform in the long term so that the launch of an Android app is actually worthwhile.