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This article was published on May 13, 2021

Clubhouse for Android launches in UK, Canada, Australia, and NZ amid plummeting downloads

You still need an invite to join

Clubhouse for Android launches in UK, Canada, Australia, and NZ amid plummeting downloads
Thomas Macaulay
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Thomas Macaulay

Writer at Neural by TNW — Thomas covers AI in all its iterations. Likes Werner Herzog films and Arsenal FC. Writer at Neural by TNW — Thomas covers AI in all its iterations. Likes Werner Herzog films and Arsenal FC.

The Clubhouse Android app is now available for download in the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, the company confirmed to TNW on Thursday.

Android users in those countries can now download the Clubhouse beta from the Google Play Store — but they’ll still need an invite to use the app.

The audio-based social network arrived on Android in the US on Sunday, more than a year after the app launched on iOS.

Announcing the initial launch, Clubhouse said the US rollout would be followed by other English-speaking countries and then the rest of the world:

Our plan over the next few weeks is to collect feedback from the community, fix any issues we see and work to add a few final features like payments and club creation before rolling it out more broadly. If you are an Android user, you can download Clubhouse for Android and sign up now to be alerted once it’s available in your area, and read the FAQ here.

The Android rollout comes at a challenging time for the company. Downloads of the app plummeted from a peak of 9.6 million in February to 922,000 in April, according to Sensor Tower.

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As the numbers dipped, a range of deep-pocketed rivals announced their own Clubhouse clones. Tech giants including Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and Telegram have all recently unveiled social audio products, some of which look remarkably similar to the Clubhouse UI.

The pioneers of the format will hope the Android rollout helps it flourish rather than flounder amid the growing competition.

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