Twitter announced today that it will have its live audio chat rooms known as Twitter Rooms for users on Android. So far, after the product’s private beta started in late December 2020, the experience has only been open to select users on iOS. The company states that Android users can currently only participate and speak in Spaces, but not yet be able to start their own.
This additional functionality is expected to be available “soon”. Twitter says without offering an exact timeline.
Other Spaces features are made publicly available during design and prototype, including titles and descriptions, scheduling options, support for co-hosts and moderators, guest lists, and more. Twitter also updated the preview map that appears in the timeline and renamed the “Labels” feature from an accessibility standpoint to be more specific.
The timeframe for some new developments – like Android and scheduling options – was promised in a matter of weeks rather than months.
That fast pace has now led Twitter beating its rival Clubhouse – the app currently leading the social audio market – to provide support for Android. Today the clubhouse is not only available for invitations, but only for iOS.
It also shows the resources Twitter relies on this new product, which was first publicly announced in November. Clear, Twitter believes that social audio is a market that it takes to win.
The company also sees the wider potential for Spaces as a key element of a larger developer platform that is currently in the works. During Investor Day last week Twitter spoke of combining his new products such as spaces, newsletters and a paid subscription “Super Follow”.
It now also tests a Twitter “Shopping card”, with which users can tweet posts that are directly linked to product pages via a “Shop” button – a function that also seems to fall under this new creator focus.