LINE Corporation Launches New Group Calling App “Popcorn Buzz”

LINE Corporation, the company behind the free call and messaging app LINE today released a new group calling app on Android called “Popcorn Buzz.”

Popcorn Buzz allows up to 200 participants to converse simultaneously

Popcorn Buzz, which allows a whopping 200 participants to simultaneously voice chat, can be used to talk with friends and family, but it could also be used in lieu of conference calling apps since it accommodates both personal and business usage, all for free. It can be used over 3G, 4G LTE, or WiFi networks.

After downloading the app (Android 4.0 or above) and choosing a username for yourself, then uploading a profile picture, you can set up a group by sending the group call’s unique URL via email, text message, or another communication method you choose and invite friends to join your group. You can also, predictably, log into your LINE account to sync your friend list to Popcorn Buzz.

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During group calls, users can see all the other call members’ icons, and tell who is talking via the green dots that light up in the lower right-hand corner of current talking users’ icons.

LINE will bring video chat functionality and an iPhone version to market in the future

Voice chat is just the beginning of the story, however; LINE says it is planning on releasing video chat functionality in Popcorn Buzz, which will make it an even more powerful option for personal users and business teams. LINE plans to release the app on iPhone.

Other upcoming features include interconnectivity with LINE groups, and other features that LINE has not yet detailed. The app supports a wide range of languages out the door, including Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

You can download and use Popcorn Buzz from anywhere in the world via the Google Play Store.