Clubhouse has been on Android for nearly three months, but the required invite system made it difficult for most users to actually test out one of the most popular new social networks since TikTok. Since its initial unveiling, countless clones inspired by the app have arrived on the scene, from companies like Facebook, Twitter, and even Spotify. If you've spent this year waiting for Clubhouse to open its doors to the public, you're in luck. As of today, you'll no longer need an invite to sign up for the app.
The audio-only discussion/public forum platform Clubhouse is the hottest social media trend of the year, and Facebook doesn't want to be left out. In April, the social network announced a slew of new audio formats for its platform like podcasts, a "Soundbites" audio creation tool for short audio content, and "Live Audio Rooms" for joining Clubhouse-like talks. And starting today, these features are rolling out in the US.
Clubhouse is the hottest social network of the year, riding a wave of popularity that has forced countlessotherapps to build rival audio chat apps. It has only been available for Android users for about a month, but the developers have been working quickly to get the app up to par with its iOS counterpart. An all-new update for Clubhouse on Android brings social linking to the app, with a couple of other changes in tow.
It's been less than a month since Clubhouse came to Android, and the audio chat app is showing no signs of slowing down as we roll into June. At a town hall held on the app yesterday, the service highlighted its success so far and hinted at what's to come throughout the summer.
Clubhouse finally brought its service to Android this month. Although it launched in a limited closed beta, the app has been rapidly expanding its availability. While you'll still need an invite to access the service, you can finally check out Clubhouse on your phone no matter where you live in the world.
Twitter's "please don't call it Clubhouse" feature, Spaces, started rolling out to at least some users last week. Today the company announced that anyone on Android or iOS can now host a Space ... as long as they have 600 followers or more. Which seems like a weird limitation if you want to get people excited about a new feature.
If you've been patiently waiting for an Android version of Clubhouse, the audio chat room app that's taking the web by storm ... well, you're going to have to wait at least a little longer. According to the platform's latest release notes, the Android app is now in testing for "a handful of friendly testers." Clubhouse posted no screenshots.
It seems like every major tech company is in a mad dash to create a feature that's at least somewhat similar to Clubhouse. Twitter is no exception: it's been slowly integrating Spaces into the beta version of its Android app. As of yesterday, at least some users (including multiple members of the AP team) on the main app release have been able to create and host Spaces.
Facebook is testing one, Twitter has one, Telegram (kinda) has one, and even LinkedIn is working on one — every social media network that takes itself seriously has a Clubhouse clone these days. The hot audio-only discussion/conferencing platform has inspired many competitors to come up with their own alternatives, and now the latest to join the party is Reddit.
Spotify has been aggressively expanding into the podcasting space to diversify its offerings. It appears that the company has found a new frontier for its ambitions: live streaming audio. Spotify just purchased Betty Labs, the parent company of iOS app Locker Room, which is all about live audio chat rooms for sports fans.