Following the footsteps of Facebook, the new communication app LINE has rolled-out its Lite app for Android devices in emerging markets including India. The application is said to be launched in eleven countries such as Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Korea, Philippines, Pakistan, Egypt, Algeria, Cambodia and Colombia.
LINE enables its users to make free voice calls and send free messages, 24 hours a day. This feature has made LINE one of the widely used applications in Asian countries. A LINE café is also situated in Thailand and fans are seen donning LINE t-shirts in the country. With the introduction of its Lite app, LINE is all set to woo people of the developing countries where the Internet is said to be slow or unreliable.
The company has further revealed that the Lite version is less than 1MB (approximately 912KB) in size which is compatible with slow Internet. If reports are to be believed, stickers and other features like group texting and image sharing will also be available in the LINE Lite. However, the app doesn’t support audio and video chat. Also, in order to consume less data and occupy less storage space, the firm has removed the ‘Timeline’ from its application. The application is available for download from Google Play and requires Android 4.0 Jelly Bean or later Operating System.
Meanwhile, LINE had launched its music streaming service in Japan. The firm is taking all possible steps to enlarge its user base, keeping in mind the requirements of existing users.