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Messaging App Line Is Now Available on Chrome

Another big-name chat app comes to Chrome (and the Linux desktop as a result)

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LINE, a popular mobile messaging service, has launched an official Chrome App. 

The chat client is available to install from the Chrome Web Store and works on Windows, Mac, Linux as well as Chrome OS. Although LINE is free to use sign-up can only be done through the official mobile app.

Althoug not widely used in Europe or the USA Line Corporation, the company steering the service, claim to have more than 400 million users worldwide.

The service also provides traditional desktop apps for Windows and Mac OS X but the new Chrome app signals its first foray on to Linux and Chrome OS desktops.

What Is LINE?

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Not everyone will have heard of LINE — but most people have heard of other apps of its kind.

Like Viber, Telegram, Messenger, et al, LINE allows users to send messages, make video and voice calls, and share photos, voice clips and stickers with each other for free.

In a swipe at Snapchat, LINE recently introduced public “timelines”. This feature allows users to message, photos and video clips for all of their friends to see, but only for a limited time.

The service also allows for brands. TV shows and celebrities to create official accounts. These can be ‘followed’ by users who then receive timely news, photos, coupon deals, etc as messages.

In launching a platform-agnostic Chrome App LINE will broaden its appeal, both to existing users and new ones. Many rival messaging services have been slow to introduce web-ready clients. THe slow adoption gives LINE an edge as a cross-platform, readily accessible alternative.

LINE Chrome App: Features

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The LINE Chrome app features one-on-one and group messaging support (including stickers) and even lets users ‘attach’ and send files.

A natty screenshot tool enables screen snippets to be quickly shared or, when used in the memo section, added to thoughts and ideas that have been jotted down.

Users can manage their contacts and friend requests using the Chrome app, as well as edit profile information or tweak basic app settings, like notifications and preferred ‘send’ keyboard behaviour.

Not all features found in the mobile versions are available through Chrome. Video and voice calling does not work, the Snapchat-esque ‘timelines’ feature is noticably absent, and certain types of messaging content (mainly videos) are cannot be displayed.

Download LINE for Chrome

The Chrome version of LINE is available on Chrome OS, Windows, Mac and Linux. Line advise users to “use the official version of Chrome to experience LINE at its best.

Although a well-made app with a clean, intuitive design and some handy features that most people might enjoy, the nature of apps like this means its true value is only going to be appreciated by those already using it elsewhere or who know those who do.

LINE (Chrome App) on the Chrome Web Store

  • J and KC

    LINE is huge in Japan. It’s big selling point are the stickers–Snoopy, Tweety, Doraimon, etc. These aren’t free. However, unless things have changed, you can’t put LINE on your computer if you already have it on your phone.

    • One of the only messaging service apps who have figured out how to make huge amounts of money (stickers)

      • Neil

        and all the others have cottoned on.

    • Pablo Álvarez

      I can report they’ve changed. I can use it on both devices at the same time. It seems kinda pointless otherwise actually.

      • J and KC

        Agreed. It was pointless and irritating. Works now.

  • Neil

    Shame it doesn’t appear to be working for UK users unless they set the system language to En_US

    • J and KC

      Probably won’t kill ya to spell organisation with a z.

      • Neil

        Didn’t take them long, but it’s fixed :3

  • Pablo Álvarez

    Looks nice and works perfectly so far, but it’s a little annoying that it logs me out whenever I close the window. I wonder what’s the need of doing that when neither Telegram nor WhatsApp do it.

  • Degru

    What are “stickers”? I keep hearing about them, but have no idea what they are. Are they like emoticons, or are they more like rare pepes?

    • They are big themed emots. And can be animated or not, depending on the platform. Facebook, Hangouts, Line, Telegram and Viber have stickers.

  • 范冰冰

    This is amazing. I always use LINE and now I can use it on my Chromebook!

  • Frank J. Alejo

    Is that Skype I see? How?

  • FINALLY…. I can use LINE on the locked-down PCs at work because of this.
    Now if they could just update the Win 8 app for Win10….please!

  • Anarkia

    what distro is that?

    • Antonio Campos

      Chrome OS

  • Line is the most used messenger app in Thailand. Glad to hear that it now works on Linux through Chrome Webstore since it pulled Web version out few years ago.

    • Eyad (CTown)

      Line is also used a lot by people who play online games together to coordinate their groups moves. There, I rarely ever see people use other messaging services, not even the ones built into some games.

  • Daniël Bink

    Thank god ! Awesome !

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      • ImHereToSnitchOnYall

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  • g105b

    Yay, another instant messenger to choose from!

  • Maranda Pearse

    I just learned about LINE but I feel so ancient. This seems like a nice app but if you don’t have any friends that use it, what’s the point of it? I’m actually asking the question. I would love to play with the stickers.

  • dwpbike

    the chrome extension installs easily enough on ubuntu 16.04, but can’t get past email/password login.

  • Ronnie

    I installed line on Chromebook and like but after about 2 weeks then when you log in It just spins and don’t load. Anyone know a fix?

  • JR Namida

    can this be installed and activated without a phone number? Line appears to be a Propriety closed end system, what is happening to my phone number and info, there is no real disclosure.