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The LINE VoIP and Messaging application was first released on June 23, 2011 by the Japanese arm of South Korea based NHN after the Tohoku earthquake set the company on the road to the discovery that a data service would work and be more efficient than the network currently in place. It was after this realization that the company decided to design an app accessible on multiple platforms, spanning smartphones, tablets, and desktops. This application would be compatible with the existing data network and provide a continuous and free calling and messaging service.

According to sources, the name LINE originated from the fact that people had to line up outside of public phones after the earthquake, because in Japan the public phones "are programmed to take priority over networks during and after an earthquake".

As of May 2, 2013, LINE had over 150 million users worldwide and grew to surpass 200 million users by July 23 and then hit 230 million in late August. The number of users then skyrocketed to 300 million by late November 2013. App add-ons such as LINE Play also experienced steady growth as a result.

Some features of the multi-platform LINE app include the sharing of recent developments in life to friends in real-time, optional address book syncing, sharing of files with friends, location sharing, create and join groups, Home and Timeline features, and more. This is in addition to a large number of games and add-ons have been created specifically for the app by LINE's developers, all of which tack on additional functionality and features.

LINE and Tencent to Invest in Korean Gaming Studio 4:33 Creative Lab

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LINE and Tencent the company behind WeChat have come together for the first time to invest $110 million in 4:33 Creative Lab, a games studio…

Find Important Information in Shopping Malls, Department Stores, and More With LINE Maps for Indoor, Now Available

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We first saw LINE Maps for Indoor way back at the beginning of October, when it was revealed alonside other business ventures being pursued by…

LINE for Windows Phone Gains Brazilian Portuguese Language Support

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Almost a month and a half ago, LINE gained Vietnamese language support for Windows Phone and now a new language has been added to that…

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