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Clubhouse for Android is now available in India, but it may be too little too late

May 21, 2021, 14:59 IST
Business Insider India
Clubhouse for Android is finally hereRounak Jain
  • You can now download Clubhouse for Android from the Google Play store.
  • The Android version was launched in the US earlier this month – more than a year after the iOS version was launched.
  • The launch comes at a time when several companies have either launched or announced Clubhouse-like features in their apps and services.
The wait is finally over – Clubhouse for Android is now available in India. This comes over a week after the app was launched in the US. The app is still in beta, so it may be a little rough around the edges.

“With Android, we believe that Clubhouse will feel more complete. We are so grateful to all of the Android users out there for their patience,” the company said in its blog post.

You can download Clubhouse for Android from the Google Play store here.
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Clubhouse is a social audio platform that was launched as an iPhone-only app in 2020. It went viral after several celebrities across politics, technology, and others took to the platform.

Over a year later, the Android version is finally here, but this happened only after downloads fell by 90% according to Sensor Tower data.

After falling to 2.7 million downloads in March, the app witnessed another major fall in April, registering only 9,22,000 installs.
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One of the reasons for Clubhouse’ initial popularity was its ability to attract celebrities from different spheres of life.

The app saw participation from people like American talk show host Oprah Winfery, Tesla’s Elon Musk, Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary, actor Aston Kutcher, entertainer Kevin Hart, rapper Drake among others.

Clubhouse has to fend off Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn among others


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Clubhouse’ viral popularity pushed other companies to launch similar social audio features in their apps. For instance, Twitter Spaces is already available for everyone, while Facebook’s Live Audio Rooms will be available later this year.

LinkedIn has also jumped into the race with its own take on social audio.

Instagram, the Facebook-owned photo sharing app, has tweaked its live broadcasting feature to make it more Clubhouse-like.
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Collaboration tool Slack, music streaming service Spotify and billionaire investor Mark Cuban’s Fireside Chat are also some other notable Clubhouse competitors.

Clubhouse crosses 500 thousand downloads

Clubhouse downloads and ratingPlay Store

The app has now crossed 500 thousand downloads and has a rating of 3.3 stars on the Play Store soon after its launch.
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SEE ALSO:

Facebook joins the Clubhouse competitors’ list, announces Live Audio Rooms feature

Twitter ramps up roll out of 'Spaces' to take on Clubhouse

LinkedIn joins the race to launch a Clubhouse rival
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