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Clubhouse might ditch invite-only system as audio app reaches 2 million downloads on Google Play Store

Clubhouse started rolling out for Indian users from May 21, a year after it was launched for iOS users in 2020 and has seen20 lakh downloads on Google Play Store in two weeks.

Clubhouse, the audio-only app, which was launched for Android users last month has neared 2 million downloads and might soon ditch the invite-only system. The audio platform which is witnessing growing popularity among users requires an invitation to join the app. Clubhouse had previously noted that the app will become available for everyone this summer. The Android version of the app for Indian and worldwide users was launched last week. It has over 10 million active users at present.

"Getting closer to feature parity for our 2m+ Android users every day. Heading for general release sometime this summer! That means the next few updates will be about discovery, notifications, and less visible but very crucial improvements," Clubhouse in a tweet noted.

Clubhouse started rolling out for Indian users from May 21, a year after it was launched for iOS users in 2020. Clubhouse had noted that it will continue with the waitlist and invite system, to ensure that each new community member can bring along a few close friends and would open it up further in the coming months.

Users who have not received invites or links to join the app also have the option to register and wait for their turn in the waitlist where they can wait to be invited or nominated by existing users or can ask an existing user for an invite to get on board with the app. Clubhouse can accommodate groups or rooms of people not more than 5,000 currently and can be used to host debates and discussions online.

The company had noted that it grew much quicker than expected, partly owing to the pandemic. "This had its downsides, as the load stressed our systemscausing widespread server outages and notification failures, and surpassing the limits of our early discovery algorithms," Clubhouse said in a blog post.

Clubhouse gained immense popularity after its launch for iPhone users last year giving rise to other tech platforms introducing their audio-only chat platforms. Twitter introduced Spaces, Telegram rolled out voice calls for channels, Discord too launched their respective audio-only stage features. Reddit has plans to launch its audio-only platform, Reddit Talk. Facebook is also working on its suite audio products expected to launch in the coming months. Clubhouse shot to popularity after Tesla CEO Elon Musk hosted a conversation through the app. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has also held discussions on Clubhouse.