Messaging app Line now allows you to host group video calls with as much as 200 associates

Messaging app Line now lets you host group video calls with up to 200 friends

Ever needed to video chat with multiple good friend at a time? Properly, as we speak you could be in luck as cellular messaging service Line has added help for that very function.

Line has supported one-on-one video and voice calling for a while, however this new function takes issues to a brand new degree by permitting multiple individual in on the video chat. Actually, Line stated it helps as much as 200 individuals concurrently. (The corporate additionally has a standalone Android app for group calling.)

200 is a reasonably ridiculous quantity. It’s exhausting to think about that, even should you did have 200 associates on the service, getting all of them on a video name on the similar time would accomplish a lot. Lengthy-distance karaoke? Ot maybe a extra private strategy to stay-streaming providers like Periscope? Nothing notably helpful actually screams out, however smaller group chats could possibly be of curiosity to some customers.

A gimmicky function like this may assist Line stand out from the gang, although, which incorporates Fb Messenger and WhatsApp. Except for greater than a billion lively customers, Messenger presents video and voice calling, whereas WhatsApp added voice final yr and is rumored to be including video quickly. Neither are more likely to help (mass) group calls, so this new addition places the highlight on Line’s calling options.

The brand new function is on the market in all nations worldwide half from Line’s 4 largest markets: Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, and Indonesia. These nations account for sixty seven % of Line’s 215 million month-to-month customers. That would place plenty of pressure on the corporate, which doubtless explains why the video calling function will land in these locations later.

Japan-based mostly Line, which was based by Korean Web agency Naver, is reportedly gunning for a twin US-Japan IPO this yr, having scrapped plans to go public in 2014 and 2015. The corporate grossed $1 billion in income for the primary time final yr, however consumer progress has slackened which, coupled with the rise of competing apps, is a trigger for concern.