The popularity of the Clubhouse voice-based social media platform has experienced tremendous growth in recent months. The call-only service, which is currently only available to iPhone users, has already reached more than 600,000 registered users, and now plans to leverage the Android user base.
In a recent blog post, Clubhouse announced that it had received a second round of funding led by Andreessen Horowitz through company partner Andrew Chen. The company plans to use the new funds to introduce new products, including the Android app, to offer the unique service to a wider audience. “From the first few days, we wanted to build a club for everyone. With this in mind, we’re excited to get started on the Android app soon, adding more access and localization features so people around the world can experience Clubhouse in a way that feels genuine.”
Along with the Android app, Clubhouse plans to use the funds to expand technology and infrastructure, provide faster support to users, improve ranking and discovery, and offer a new creator grant program to support creators on the platform. The New Creator Grant program is particularly important for the longevity of the clubhouse, as it will provide an incentive for new creators to jump on the platform, as well as help the platform make some money in the process. Currently, the club is free for all users, and does not support ads.
The club’s announcement regarding Android expansion comes a few weeks after Twitter began testing a new club-like feature, called Spaces. Twitter’s alternative allows users to create a “space” for their followers and other users on the platform to talk to other like-minded people. To date, the feature is only available to a select group of Twitter users and the company has not revealed any details about a broader startup.