If you use the world’s most popular mobile operating system and have been jonesing to get in on the Clubhouse action, today is your lucky day.
That’s because Clubhouse, the voice-based social network that’s exploded in popularity over the past several months, is finally rolling out on Android; starting Sunday in a beta state. It’ll just be available in the United States at first; with other English-speaking places (and eventually the rest of the world) getting access in the coming weeks.
According to the announcement, the US-only period won’t include some features (such as payments) right away; as the company collects user feedback before the wider rollout.
For Android users, that’s the good news. The bad news, if you can call it that, is that Clubhouse will remain invite-only for the time being across both iOS and Android. Clubhouse’s announcement also said iOS users who have been sitting on the waitlist will start getting access as the summer rolls on.
Clubhouse has been the talk of the social networking town in 2021, as more people are gradually let into what has traditionally been a fairly exclusive marketplace of ideas. Its massive voice chat rooms have been known for entrepreneurial discussions, though the Clubhouse ecosystem hasn’t been without controversy.
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On Friday, for example, Oscar nominee LaKeith Stanfield was caught participating in a Clubhouse chat; which listed him as a moderator, that was rife with anti-Semitism. (Stanfield has since acknowledged what happened and apologized for the role he played.)
And that’s to say nothing of potential security concerns that are inherent to any new social network. Anyone who manages to get into the Android beta of Clubhouse should, of course, be vigilant; especially about what information they put out there and what’s being said in their chat rooms. Keep your guard up, folks.
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