Messaging app Line now enables you to host group calls with as much as 200 buddies

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

Ever needed to talk on the telephone with multiple good friend at a time? Properly, immediately you may 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 voice name. The truth is, Line stated it helps as much as 200 individuals concurrently.

200 is a big quantity for simply pals, at the very least if the decision stays productive, so there’s more likely to be a enterprise angle to this too. Certainly, Line stated it has aspirations of changing some enterprise calling techniques when it launched a standalone group calling app final yr, and now it has built-in that function into its core app.

A function like this may assist Line stand out from the gang, although, which incorporates Fb Messenger and WhatsApp. Apart from 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 helps mass calls proper now so this new addition places the highlight on Line calling.

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 a whole lot of pressure on the corporate, which probably explains why the brand new 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.

Replace to right that the brand new function is voice calling