Line is the newest cellular messaging app to introduce bots

Line is the latest mobile messaging app to introduce bots

The bots are coming! Fb is hotly tipped to open its Messenger platform for bots at its F8 subsequent week, and that’s seems to have set off quite a few rivals into shifting first. Kik launched its bot store earlier this week, and now Japan’s Line has adopted go well with.

Line first introduced its plans final month, amid a collection of latest options for its service, and in the present day it started enabling builders to create bots. Line is initially capping issues with simply 10,000 ‘trial’ bots open on a primary come, first serve foundation. Bots might be restricted to 50 pals — or 50 accounts that they serve — which is additional proof that this can be a very a lot a check earlier than a wider rollout.

There’s nothing a lot to talk of proper now for finish customers, however with the tech now within the palms of builders, we might see the primary Line bots roll out quickly.

The Line service counts 215 million lively customers, two-thirds of whom are based mostly in Japan, Taiwan, Thailand and Indonesia. The corporate had beforehand provided bot-like official accounts for manufacturers that pay to make use of its platform to attach and work together with customers, however now it’s opening issues up. Line stated beforehand that it believes bots will probably be used to automate duties like customer support, media distribution, managing sensible house merchandise and meals reservations and bookings. Look out for each different messaging app beneath the solar launching its bot technique very quickly.