Clubhouse is the latest app to go viral, but given it is invite-only and limited to iOS, not everyone in India can try out the app. However, there’s an alternative that you can use, that has been around since 2018, but came to the spotlight recently due to the buzz around Clubhouse. The app in question is a homegrown app called Leher.
According to The Indian Express, Leher has over 1,00,000 downloads on the Google Play Store, and its biggest advantage is its availability for Android smartphones, unlike Clubhouse. The app also primarily comprises an Indian user base, which could make it a great tool for local discussions. Unlike Clubhouse, you don’t need an invite in order to use the service.
Leher lets users join live, real-time discussion clubs around topics that pique their interest. The idea is to get into discussions with like-minded people on your favorite topics. Users can either start new conversations or join existing ones. These conversations can be either in an audio-only format or in a live video format. The app also features a monetization model for content creators, who can use the platform to conduct discussion sessions with their audiences.
Clubs is a new feature to the Leher app, which the company says is specially designed for mobile phones and it offers a unique experience. In a club, topics of discussion are decided by the host and then they contact their guests. At a Leher club, one has the liberty to choose their own topic.
In an interview with The Indian Express recently, when Leher’s CEO Vikas Malpani was asked about the comparison of his app with the exclusive invitation-only social networking app Clubhouse, Malpani said that he wants his product to be “better than clubhouse.” “We want to build a product which is competitive at a global stage,” he further added.