Clubhouse, the audio-first social network, revealed only a few days ago that it was testing an Android version of its rapidly-growing platform with a select group of users in a closed beta. We didn't have to wait long for a broader release: a trial version of the app is now available in the Google Play Store, but it's still only for users in the United States.
To be clear, you'll still need an invite to join chats, so you couldn't do it before if you didn't have an iOS system. In the meantime, if you haven't been invited, you can use the app to reserve your username.
Perhaps the timing isn't so surprising: plenty of rival apps have appeared on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, not to mention smaller knockoffs.
The app needed to extend to Android devices as soon as possible if it wanted to retain its place as the pioneer in this new social media format.
The rollout will be incremental, beginning “with the United States today, followed by other English-speaking nations, and then the rest of the world,” according to Clubhouse.
Since the software is currently in beta, the company intends to gather reviews and address problems as it grows in popularity; it also states that it will retain the waitlist and invite mechanism while scaling the backend to accommodate the massive influx of users. Over the summer, the organization also plans to extend language support and add accessibility functionality.
Clubhouse is available for free to download here in the United States, and those in other regions can sign up to be notified when it becomes available at the same link.