The clubhouse is launching Wave today, a feature that makes it easy to start private rooms with friends when you see them online. Wave, which is available on iOS and Android worldwide, will take the place of opening a private room with friends. You can wave at many individuals at the same time as long as they follow you, and anyone who accepts will become a speaker in your private chamber.
Swipe right or hit the dots icon on the bottom left of the screen to go to the Hallway and send a wave. Then, next to the names of the individuals you wish to chat with, hit the wave button. You’ll get a notification indicating you’ve invited them to a room, but you won’t know whether they decline.
If they agree, they can join you and anybody else who has accepted your offer in a private room.
You can continue browsing the app and join other rooms while you wait for pals to connect with you; you’ll be notified when someone joins your private room from your Wave. A little Wave bar will show on the screen while you browse, making it easier to cancel your Wave if you get distracted by another chat.
If someone is breaking the rules in these private spaces, it can still be reported to Clubhouse. If someone waves to others who have blocked each other, Clubhouse informed TechCrunch that the first person to join will have access, but the second person will not because a user in the room has them barred.
The functionality will begin rolling out today, but users will need to download the most recent version of Clubhouse in order to utilize it. Last week, app researcher Jane Manchun Wong discovered Wave, and Clubhouse joined in.
Despite the fact that Clubhouse claims that more than 700,000 rooms are formed on the app every day, the business faces competition from more established companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, and Discord, all of whom have invested in their own live audio products.
Clubhouse launched for Android in May and was released from testing in July, but according to SensorTower’s calculations, the app only received roughly 1.7 million global installs last month, down 35% from about 2.6 million in July. In February, it had its biggest month ever, with 9.6 million downloads. The clubhouse has been downloaded 32.2 million times, according to SensorTower.
Backchannel, a communications tool, and support for spatial audio have recently been added to Clubhouse, giving users a more lifelike sensation of being in a room full of people. However, the app still lacks live captioning, rendering it inaccessible to Deaf or hard-of-hearing users. This feature is already available in Facebook Live Audio Rooms and Twitter Spaces.