- Clubhouse has started testing a “rough” beta version of its Android app.
- The team indicated a broader start in the coming weeks.
Audio chat room app Clubhouse has been making waves in the past few months, but one of the service’s biggest drawbacks is that it’s an iOS-only app. The Clubhouse team has already confirmed that an Android version is in the works, but it now looks like a beta version is on the way too.
The clubhouse team confirmed in a blog post (h / t: The next web) that they have launched a “rough” beta version for Android, although they have emphasized that a full app launch is not yet live. So when should we expect an actual release for everyone?
“We can’t wait to welcome more Android users to the clubhouse in the coming weeks,” the team suggested on the blog, suggesting that we could actually see it this month or early next month. However, a launch in May would be in line with previous reports.
The big question is whether Clubhouse can get as much traction right from the start when compared to starting with Android and iOS apps. Since Clubhouse’s debut, a number of services including Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, and Telegram have jumped on the audio chat room train. Android users who are waiting for an official port have no shortage of alternatives.
It’s a lesson Snapchat developers had to learn the hard way as they neglected Android users, let competing services copy functionality, and stall growth. Fortunately, Snapchat returned to the drawing board and its recent growth has been attributed to its Android focus.