LINE is a new communication app that allows you to make FREE voice calls and send FREE messages whenever and wherever you are, 24 hours a day! . The greatly adaptable voice calling and messaging app has already created waves in Japan and now it’s time for Indian consumers to lay their hands on. The app comes with features akin to the hugely popular whatsapp but with a variety of emoticons and stickers.
Instant messaging apps are now being designed to offer a mix of social, voice and text functions in one neat package. Line is one such feature-loaded app that supports all leading mobile platforms. Built by the Japanese arm of Naver, the application has been fairly popular in US, UK, China and other south-east Asian countries. This app was born as a means of communication when a disastrous earthquake hit Japan and devastated its communication system. It recently entered the Indian terrain (developed by Line Corporation, Japan). We have tested Line for the Android platform. Read on to know how it fares in the fierce competitive space of socially-inclined instant messaging apps.
We made free voice calls within the city and also to friends in other states over Wi-Fi. One has to remember that there is no free lunch. So ensure that you have a good Internet plan if you are making calls over 3G. The call quality was low and a couple of times we were slapped with an error that read “instable connection”. If the other person doesn’t answer your call, the app instantly gives the option to leave an audio message. While on a call over Line, we could still receive SIM-enabled phone calls from others. However, even if we chose to disconnect the phone call and continue with the Line call, it didn’t let us do so. The Internet call made using Line also gets disconnected as soon as you disconnect an incoming telecom call on your device.
The Timeline lets users post updates, photos, videos, links and location. It’s just like posting updates on Facebook (not literally). The phone won’t show any notifications of the timeline or even new friends unless you open the Line app. But once you open the app, it indicates notifications and new friends just as Facebook. There are options to “Like” a post and add comments too.
Unlike WhatsApp, which comes with absolutely no frills, Line has a comprehensive set of features. In spite of being loaded with features, the user interface of the Line app is pretty neat. The homepage clearly indicates that Line is a social messaging app with sections like Friends, Timeline, Chats and More. Under “More”, one will find Settings, series of games (each game needs to be downloaded seperately from the app store), Sticker shop and Line Camera (download seperately). Icons for Line games and Line Camera are integrated within the app. Once you click on them, the app will re-route users to the app store to download them.
More about LINE’s Features:
- Free Voice Calls! : All LINE smartphone users can enjoy free high quality voice calls, whenever and wherever you are.Talk for as much as you want and best of all, it’s free!
- Messages Delivered to you Quick! :Instead of taking time to email/sms your friends, use LINE’s message function to send messages easily with colorful icons, photos and even location information.
- Express yourself using stickers and emoji.
- Send photos and voice messages with ease
- Available for PCs and smart-tablets
- Make it YOUR Social Network
- Have fun with LINE’s ‘Home’ feature: Share your moments with all your friends using photos, videos, and location info.
- Use ‘Timeline’ to see what your friends have been up to and what they have posted! Leave comments, messages and enjoy your communication.
- New Sticker Shop! Find all your favorite characters here! Hilarious and fun stickers featuring famous characters from all over the world can be found here!
Technical Info for Seamless Usage:
Android Devices: We recommend installing Android OS 2.1 or higher. As with any other apps, data transfer fees may be incurred. We therefore recommend using the services on an unlimited mobile price plan.
Thanks for reading and we hope you enjoy LINE!
The app, if used will make you think twice of whether to switch from Wattsapp instantly. And if the transition happens, which is most likely-the next step is to convince friends in installing the app. The app is great overall, with its ability to dial international calls for free and some equally great stickers and emoticons; not to forget the timeline option!
The Line app is like a complete package for text messaging and making free calls. It is loaded with features and also adds a social angle with the Timeline option. The stickers are cool, but we doubt Indian audiences will be willing to pay an amount ranging between Rs 119 to Rs 2,800 to buy them. Also, Line is a cross-platform app with support for almost all popular OSes such as Android, iOS, Windows Phone and BlackBerry. It also has web applications for Windows PC and Mac. Lastly, the call quality with Skype or Viber is way better than Line. However, unlike Skype, Line doesn’t require the user to create an account and add people with Line IDs. Line is really simple and hassle-free. The call quality was low, but we wouldn’t call it bad. In a nutshell, Line is a very decent attempt at creating a socially-inclined instant messaging app and definitely worth a try.
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