Just days after its global launch on Android, the Clubhouse social audio app has surpassed 1 million downloads from the Google Play Store. The app first appeared on the platform in beta on May 10, but was only accessible to users residing in the United States.
Clubhouse was originally launched in March 2020 as an invite-only social media app for iOS, where users communicate in voice chat rooms that can accommodate groups of up to 5,000 people. It quickly gained popularity, reaching over 10 million users in just a year, after figures like Elon Musk, Oprah, and Mark Zuckerberg made appearances on the audio-only platform.
Despite its greater availability, Clubhouse still requires an invitation from an existing member to access it. According to the company, this is because they want to make sure their team can manage the growth of their user base and continue to refine the app to support a larger audience.
The success of the app has attracted a large number of established competitors in the growing live audio space. Facebook is reportedly developing its own Clubhouse-style audio chat service, while Facebook-owned Instagram has already released its Live Rooms feature. In December of last year, Twitter launched an experimental voice chat room on iOS called Spaces, before expanding to Android in March. Other companies such as Discord, Slack, and Reddit have also announced similar features.