TOKYO, Oct. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- LINE Corporation, owner and operator of the free call and messaging app LINE, today announced the global release of the iPad version of the LINE app.
According to research conducted by America-based information technology advisory firm Gartner, Inc.,1 nearly 200 million tablets were shipped worldwide in 2013, and over 70 million of those devices were Apple iPads, accounting for 36% of that number. The PC version of LINE has been available since March 2012. By adding support for the recently expanding iPad user market, users can now use LINE on more devices than ever, allowing for a much broader scope of use for the app.
The iPad version released today features a device-optimized design that takes advantage of the larger screen and keyboard for enhanced communication. Now it is even easier to use LINE without switching devices when users are browsing the internet and watching videos on their iPad, or using the device at work or while travelling. Now that LINE can be conveniently run on multiple devices, users have the option of using LINE on the device that fits their needs, such as using the iPad version at home and the smartphone version when they are on the move.
LINE for iPad has been designed as a sub-device for the smartphone version of the app. Users can access their friends list and purchase stickers on their iPad simply by entering the email address and password they have registered on their smartphone. New accounts cannot be created using the iPad version of LINE. The app does not currently offer support for voice or video calls, making the messaging feature the only form of communication available for now.
By officially offering support for the globally expanding tablet market, LINE hopes to increase its presence worldwide as well as expand its user base. The company plans to continue its efforts to add and improve features in order to increase the user-friendly aspect of the service.
Overview of the iPad version of LINE
Supported devices: iPad (iOS 7 and above)
Supported languages: Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese
Supported regions: Global
Download URL: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/line-for-ipad/id913855602?l=en&ls=1&mt=8
About LINE Corporation
LINE Corporation is based in Japan and develops and operates the LINE app for smartphones. Since launching in June 2011, the LINE app has grown into a global service used in 230 countries, ranking first in the free app category in 60 countries. LINE offers free one-to-one and group messaging, as well as free domestic and international voice and video calls. LINE also includes a wide array of social elements such as fun and expressive stickers, a personal Home, a Timeline, and numerous LINE family apps, including LINE games and LINE camera. For more information about LINE, please visit http://linecorp.com/en/
1 Source: Gartner "Market Share: Ultramobiles by Region, OS and Form Factor, 4Q13 and 2013."(http://www.gartner.com/document/2672716)
SOURCE LINE Corporation