TOKYO, Oct. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- LINE Corporation, owner and operator of LINE, a free call and messaging app, today announced that LINE PLAY has surpassed 12 million users since its global release eight months ago. The service has also undergone a complete redesign to make more user friendly to users worldwide
LINE PLAY is an avatar creator and suite of virtual environments that users can customize and use to communicate creatively with their family and friends. In addition, users can make their avatars perform unique actions, join chat rooms, and attend special events.
LINE PLAY was originally introduced in Japan in November of 2012, and released worldwide in February of the following year. The user base has increased dramatically in countries such as America, Taiwan, Thailand, and Indonesia, and LINE PLAY has achieved the top ranking in both the App Store and Google Play's Free App category in seven different countries.
In addition to the increasing user base, the amount of communication via LINE PLAY has skyrocketed. Since November 2012, Hearts, which are used as a form of greeting between avatars, have been used over 5 billion times, and the Diary function, where players can post pictures and text, has been used over 7 million times.
In March of this year, official avatars and rooms were introduced for celebrities, companies, and popular characters. In total there are 21 official avatars on LINE PLAY, including Hello Kitty and Panasonic, who are able to communicate with regular users via their own avatars, offering an innovative way for them to interact with their fans.
With this update, LINE PLAY is introducing a new function that lets players recycle old or unwanted items for Gems, the in-game currency. Through the introduction of new functions and improved services, LINE PLAY hopes to innovate the concept of avatar communication and continue expanding its worldwide user base.
New Version Highlights
- Redesign of the Start Screen and Consolidation of Commonly Used Functions - "Tips" will be added to the start screen to make it clearer how to play. Also, the "Other" menu will be redesigned to consolidate the most commonly used functions, making the learning experience that much easier.
- Addition of the "Recycle" Function - With the "Recycle" function players can exchange unwanted interior or fashion items for Gems", the in-game currency. Players can use the Gems they receive from recycling to buy new interior or fashion items.
- More Natural Avatar Actions - Avatars will now move more fluidly, and additional avatar actions will be added. Now players can have fun jumping, doing sit-ups, and napping.
- Addition of the "Favorites" Function - Players can add friends they talk with often to their Favorites list and they will be displayed at the top of their "Friends" List.
- Addition of the "Avatars of the Day" Function - The LINE PLAY staff will pick their favorite users and recommend them on the "Avatars of the Day" list.
LINE is a smartphone app which allows users to enjoy free calls and messages to one another, both nationally and internationally, regardless of which mobile network provider they are using. Launched in June 2011 by NHN, LINE has more than 260 million users worldwide. It has also been ranked no. 1 in 55 countries in the free app category including Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Macau, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan, Israel, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Cambodia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Latvia. LINE carries various unique features such as 'instant translation service,' 334 'Official Accounts' that enable users to interact with famous public figures, 'Timeline and Home' to share recent updates with friends, 'Shake it,' a fun way of exchanging ids and many 'Emoji/Stickers/Emoticons.' For more information visit: http://line.naver.jp/en/.
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