Line takes on WhatsApp & Hangouts; lets you video chat with 200 friends, all at once

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Updated: December 15, 2016 11:33:11 AM

Line, the messaging app from Japan has now introduced group video messaging on its platform. The most interesting feature of the latest functionality is that it will let users chat with a maximum of 200 contacts.

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Line, the messaging app from Japan has now introduced group video messaging on its platform. The most interesting feature of the latest functionality is that it will let users chat with a maximum of 200 contacts. The video call feature is currently available for both iOS and Android. The notable feature here is that, since smartphones have limited screen space, all 200 faces of people cannot be shown at the same time, so they have decided to go with 4 at a point of time. If you wish to use the new video calling feature, all you need to do is create a group of contacts and just press the video call button. Your friends can enter the chat as they prefer and new people can be invited to an ongoing call as well. While only 4 faces will be shown at once, the rest of the people in the group will reside in a bubble shaped avatar on the right side and can be dragged at will.

Line is a subsidiary of South Korean web operator Naver Corp and more than 220 million users. Line followed the WhatsApp kind of model for messaging which made it popular, but most of its user base is still centralised in Asian markets like Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand and Japan. The company was founded in the year 2000 focussed on online gaming but the messaging app was introduced in 2011. With this new feature Line is back to compete against the likes of Apple iMessage, FaceTime, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Google Hangouts, Allo among others.

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Like Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, Line has also jumped the wagon of cloning a feature from Snapchat where you will be able to add filters to your video inorder to bring some zing to your conversations. Line launched the group voice calling feature, early this year and there was a limit for 200 people in that feature too. Recently, all messaging apps have been quite aggressive in announcing new features, but no one can beat the whopping number of 200 people packed in the same chat.

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