For the moment, the Clubhouse social network is exclusively reserved for iPhone users. The publisher of the application has nevertheless announced that an Android application is in preparation. In this mini file, we invite you to take stock of the situation, the date on which we can expect the application to arrive, and some of the best alternatives to experiment with this new way of interacting beforehand.
Clubhouse is as you know a rising social network. The concept of this application, access to which is only possible by invitation (and on iPhone and iPad), revolves around “Clubs” and virtual rooms in which speakers – sometimes famous – speak face-to-face on diverse and varied subjects. Some of the celebrities who made Clubhouse known include entrepreneur Elon Musk or musician Drake. The application has been downloaded more than 13 million times in its first year of existence which is unheard of for a social network. And many competing social networks, in particular Facebook or Twitter with Spaces are now trying to adapt their functionalities.
The problem is that If you’re on Android, you’ve probably never used Clubhouse – and for good reason: no Android apps are currently available, and the app’s user “club” is also currently primarily an iPhone users club. We must also beware of the fake Clubhouse applications for Android that are circulating at the moment, because they are all malware, adware or other types of malicious applications. We underline it: if you don’t have an iPhone or iPad, there is currently no way to access Clubhouse. Moreover, even if you have an iPhone, access is not immediate since for the moment you can only obtain an account by invitation.
When will Clubhouse be available on Android?
However, Paul Davison and Rohan Seth at the origin of the application do not intend to let this situation continue. If we understand that one of the facets of this social network is to cultivate a certain form of elitism, in particular with the system of invitations, there are plans to open the app to Android users soon. So in a blog post dated January 2021, Clubhouse officials announced that they were going to “Start working soon on an Android application”.
At the end of February, the social network hired the developer Mopiwa Ogundipe who confirmed on his Twitter account that she would “Bring the party into the Android ecosystem”. No official schedule has yet been announced. But a Techcrunch info reveals the words of Paul Davison who, during a conference on March 21, explained that his teams were working “hard” on the Android application and that it would take another “two months” before that it is not available. We can therefore logically hope that Clubhouse will be available on Android at the end of May or at the beginning of June.. The Android application should in any case be available this summer.
What are the alternatives while we wait for Clubhouse to arrive on Android?
Again, as said above, fake Clubhouse Android apps are circulating – they are by no means real applications. Their goal is essentially to surf the reputation of Clubhouse to install malware on your smartphone. It is therefore advisable not to fall into the trap. However, if you want to test the Clubhouse formula, before the time, on your Android smartphone, there is already a handful of alternatives deployed or in the process of being deployed :
- Twitter Spaces is being deployed. This is a new icon that appears when you press and hold the “Compose” button in the Twitter application, at least among a handful of iOS users. On Android you can, if the functionality is available, join one of these Spaces by going to the far right of the Fleet: touch your avatar, then swipe the screen to the right. If the feature is available, you will be able to join another user’s Spaces. Android users will also soon be able to create Spaces.
- Discord also tests live audio rooms. Anyone can speak by default, but it is also possible to create Stage Channels where only certain members are allowed to speak, and the rest can only listen.
Beyond that, we know that Facebook is developing its alternative, as well as LinkedIn and Spotify which has acquired the Locker Room application to help musicians “to connect more directly to their audience”.