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New hype app: Clubhouse should also be available for Android

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The new social media app Clubhouse will in future also be able to run on smartphones with the Google Android operating system. The two company founders Paul Davison and Rohan Seth announced this in a blog entry on Sunday. So far, the audio application is only available for the iPhone. When Clubhouse will also be available in the Google Play Store, the clubhouse makers do not announce.

Clubhouse is an audio app in which users can listen to conversations like a live podcast or actively participate in discussions. In contrast to networks like Twitter, you cannot comment on posts in writing or give likes.

Davison and Seth wrote that with Clubhouse they hit a nerve for people to meet. “And it has grown rapidly in the last ten months – from a small handful of beta testers to a diverse and network of communities.” In the past week, “two million people around the world have visited Clubhouse to chat, too learn to laugh, be entertained, meet and network ”. “It’s the most exciting thing we’ve ever been part of.”

Programming at the very beginning

With two million active users, Clubhouse is significantly smaller than Twitter with around 330 million active users. The programming of an Android version is apparently still at the very beginning: They will “soon start working on the Android app and add additional functions for accessibility and localization so that people all over the world can experience Clubhouse in one way that feels familiar to them, ”continued the company founders.

In the meantime, they will take care of getting technical problems with the servers under control because of the large number of users. “Much of a new round of funding will go into technology and infrastructure to scale the clubhouse experience for everyone so it’s always fast and high-performing, regardless of how many people are attending.”

Controversial mechanism

For the viral distribution, Clubhouse relies on a controversial method that was already the basis of the rapid growth of WhatsApp. After installing the app and activating the invitation, the app requires access to all entries in the contacts address book of the iPhone used. This practice was heavily criticized by data protectionists in Europe on WhatsApp, because users actually have to ask permission from each individual contact before the personal data is transferred to servers in the USA.

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