Tech Wrap: Clubhouse launches Android app, Android 11 for Nokia devices delayed
In other tech news, Facebook Messenger crossed the 5 billion download mark on the Google Play Store, while Elon Musk's SNL debut was so popular that some users couldn't access the stream while it aired.
No one likes exclusive apps on Android, so the arrival of a well-known app on a competing platform is certainly a welcome event. Clubhouse is the latest iOS exclusive app to join the Android family, as the developers launched an early beta today. Meanwhile, HMD Global announced that its Android 11 update schedule for Nokia devices had been adjusted to account for some delays.
Meanwhile, another one of Facebook's popular apps joined WhatsApp and the main app in the exclusive 5 billion download club on the Google Play Store. And Elon Musk's SNL episode yesterday was so popular that some users couldn't even access the stream and found the service was unavailable when the show began to air.
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As downloads take a nosedive, Clubhouse to launch Android app today
Social audio app Clubhouse has introduced a test version of its app on the Google Play Store, after spending a year on rival Apple's iOS platform. Users in the United States can download the app from the Play Store and sign up for the service – but you'll still need an invite to join.
Facebook Messenger crosses the 5 billion download mark on the Google Play Store
Very few apps have amassed over five billion downloads on the Google Play Store, so Facebook Messenger joining the exclusive 5 billion install club is quite a big deal. The messaging app joins Gmail, YouTube and Google Maps, along with the main Facebook app and WhatsApp, which have all crossed the five billion install mark.
Elon Musk's SNL debut was so popular that many viewers couldn't even tune in
It is safe to say that Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s debut on NBC’s popular Saturday Night Live was extremely popular. It was also the first time that the network allowed audiences around the world to view the show along with viewers in the US. In fact, the episode was so popular that the network's online stream actually went offline for many users as they were unable to watch the show when it initially aired on the network on Saturday.
Here is when these Nokia handsets will receive the Android 11 update
For a company that was known for updating its devices quickly to the latest version of Android, HMD Global has had a rather lacklustre showing this year, with only a couple of devices receiving the promised update to Android 11. According to an updated chart shared by the company, the updates for some of its devices will be considerably delayed. The Nokia 6.2, Nokia 7.2 and Nokia Pureview will all receive the Android 11 update only on the third quarter of the year - right before Android 12 arrives.