Clubhouse adds clips, reruns for asynchronous listening, better search and spatial sound for Android – TechCrunch
Clubhouse today announced the unveiling of four new features: Clips, Replay, Universal Search and spatial audio for Android (which already exists on iOS). All of these features will launch today, with the exception of Replay, which will roll out in October. These additions will help extend Clubhouse’s reach by making content available even after a live conversation ends, allowing for asynchronous engagement.
The clips will allow live listeners in public rooms to mute the last 30 seconds of audio and share it anywhere – so if you’re listening to a speaker saying something particularly wise (or not), you can create a clip, which generates a moment to share with a link to join the room. These can be shared on other social media platforms. Hosts can decide whether or not they want listeners to be able to create clips in their room – if clips are enabled, users will be able to tap a scissor icon to make one.
Clubhouse already recognizes that there is a danger in letting people share 30-second audio clips out of context. A bad actor could potentially mute the audio to mask what someone really meant (you could say “the museum is always free on Fridays”, but the clip could stop at “the museum is always free” – well Of course, Clubhouse is concerned about more sinister examples than this one). So for starters, Clubhouse is offering beta clips to a small group of creators. The clubhouse has struggle with moderation of the content in its short history, and recently, doctors have reportedly been forced to quit the app due to anti-vaccine harassment. In light of these challenges, it makes sense that Clubhouse is more slowly unveiling this feature.
Universal Search improves discoverability on Clubhouse, so that when users enter a keyword or name into the search bar, they can find relevant rooms (both live and scheduled), people, clubs and biographies. And Clubhouse says it’s bringing Spatial Audio to Android after positive feedback from iOS users. But even in the midst of these feature updates, Clubhouse still made itself inaccessible to deaf and hard of hearing users by failing to add live captions.
Of these new features, Replay could be the biggest game changer for the app – it will allow creators to record a piece, save it to their profile and club, or upload the audio to share it in. external, such as a podcast feed. Hosts and moderators can choose whether or not they want the room to be recorded.
Earlier this month, former PayPal COO David Sacks launched Callin, a “social podcasting” app that functions as a live Clubhouse audio room, but allows users to record and edit recordings. in podcasts via the app. Then Twitter said it would add saved spaces as well. Now, Clubhouse’s Replay feature will make it more competitive.
Although Clubhouse has attempted to woo live audio creators through its “Creator First” program, reports suggest the effort has fallen short of expectations. But if Clubhouse is to appeal to creators, this easier way to record and share audio can help keep hosts on the platform. While the appeal of apps like Clubhouse is the ability to have a shared live experience, enabling asynchronous listening can help people expand their audience.