Japan’s Line Corp. is introducing a Internet phone and messaging focus to India, drumming one of a fastest-growing smartphone markets and a world’s third largest after a U.S. and China.
Line was born in a communications relapse after Japan’s tsunami and trembler and has stretched world-wide, as users became drawn to facilities like practical stickers that move some amusement and caprice to present messages.
Line Chief Executive Akira Morikawa pronounced a app has drawn some-more than 180 million users in a 23 months given a launch. In Japan alone, it has 45 million users, closely followed by Taiwan and Thailand with some-more than 15 million users each, and 10 million in Indonesia.
The mobile messaging app is also apropos renouned in countries outward Asia, with some-more than 10 million users in Spain, Mexico and Argentina, a association said.
Line’s incursion into India coincides with declines in subscription fees for Internet packages, creation it cheaper for smartphone users to watch video, listen to song and roller a Internet.
Free apps are renouned among immature Indian consumers looking to promulgate with their friends and family but carrying to compensate aloft call or content messaging rates. Other widely used follower apps in India embody Watsapp, Nimbuzz, Viber, Hike, WeChat, as good as embedded program on handsets like Samsung’s Chat-On and Blackberry’s Messenger.
Smartphone shipments to India are approaching to roughly double to 30.2 million units in 2013 from 16.9 million final year, according to investigate organisation Canalys.
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