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LINE Releases egg - a free Selfie App

LINE Releases egg – a free Selfie App

Kuala Lumpur, 26 May 2016 LINE Corporation has announced the release of “egg”, a free selfie app for iOS and Android devices that allows users to customise their photos and videos.

 

Selfie App “egg”

egg is a selfie app that gives users a greater degree of freedom to fulfil their creative purpose by providing features such as 3D Masks which perfectly fit on faces to transform subjects into extraordinary characters much like prosthetic makeup, and animated filters which are triggered by subjects through an eye blink or other actions that the app accurately detects.

The rapid growth of social networks and the selfie trend in recent years has led to an explosion of easy-to-use camera apps with customisation features such as filters and special effects that are being used to take selfies for users’ Instagram and Facebook pages. However, unlike other selfie apps, egg not only lets users take selfies, but also play with their selfies in real time.

The app offers 3D Masks in more than 50 categories (such as “Cute animals”, “Beauty”, “Funny” and “Horror”), and even a mask of the latest LINE character, Choco. Combined with various action-triggered filters such as making hearts appear by blinking, or blowing fire by opening one’s mouth, users can enjoy endless customisation possibilities.

Additionally, users can create their own original masks using photos saved on their smartphones, or even swap faces in real-time with their friends on screen. Besides providing the traditional features of a selfie app — uploading selfie photos and videos to social media — egg proposes a new style of real-time communication with family, friends, and partners through selfies.

In future updates, egg is planning to introduce 3D Masks of popular movie characters, new animated filters, and other entertaining features to bring customers even closer together.

Also added to the collection is a filter featuring Batman from the latest movie “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which was opened in theatres worldwide between March and April of 2016. Additional character-based filters such as that of Wonder Woman are scheduled to be introduced in future updates.

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Main Features

Take Customised Selfies by Combining 3D Masks and Animated Filters
50 categories of 3D Masks — ranging from LINE Characters to Cute Animals, Beauty, Funny, and Horror — can be combined with animated filters that are triggered by precisely detecting a subject’s facial movements, allowing users to unleash their imagination and create a variety of customised selfies.

Create Your Own Original Mask Using Photos of Your Friends and Celebrities
Users can create their own original masks using photos that are saved on their smartphone.

Swap Faces with Your Friends
Users can instantly create a funny video by swapping faces with their friends on screen in real-time.

Easily Share on Instagram, Facebook, and Other Social Media
An in-app feature allows users to upload photos and videos directly from the app to their social networks.

 

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LINE Offers Free 10,000 BOT API Trial Accounts

April 12, 2016 – LINE Corporation today announced the start of free provision for BOT API Trial Accounts ahead of its plans to open up access to its messaging API later in the year.

At the “LINE Conference Tokyo 2016” held on March 24, LINE shared plans for the strategic opening of the business platform on its communication app in order to enhance the wide variety of services provided by businesses over LINE to be more convenient, easier and fun for users. As one part of this strategy, LINE will open up access to its messaging API to deepen real-time communication between users and companies and encourage the development of all kinds of new LINE accounts.

Starting today, LINE will begin distributing 10,000 free BOT API Trial Accounts to third-party developers worldwide on a first-come-first-served basis. Additionally, LINE has just launched its new business portal site for managing LINE@ and LINE Login settings today, called LINE Business Center, where interested parties can register for the free trial via the site to begin creating their BOT accounts.

BOT API Trial Account holders will be able to link the systems and services developed by themselves or their company with a LINE account and create a BOT account that can send and receive API-driven messages.

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Whether it’s synching with restaurant search or scheduling apps to provide notifications or issue coupons, or to synching with smart appliances and other hardware to make them operable via LINE, the creation and implementation of various accounts based on CRM and IoT concepts will give LINE users access to services and features that have never been available previously on LINE .

Under its corporate mission “Closing the distance,” LINE will continue developing new initiatives and systems to accelerate expansion and improve services to not only to bring people closer to each other but also closer to a wide variety of information, services and products.

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Free LINE BOT API Trial Accounts Announced

April 7, 2016 – LINE Corporation today announced the start of free provision for BOT API Trial Accounts ahead of its plans to open up access to its messaging API later in the year.

At the “LINE Conference Tokyo 2016” held on March 24, LINE shared plans for the strategic opening of the business platform on its communication app in order to enhance the wide variety of services provided by businesses over LINE to be more convenient, easier and fun for users.

As one part of this strategy, LINE will open up access to its messaging API to deepen real-time communication between users and companies and encourage the development of all kinds of new LINE accounts.

Starting today, LINE will begin distributing 10,000 free BOT API Trial Accounts to third-party developers worldwide on a first-come-first-served basis. Additionally, LINE has just launched its new business portal site for managing LINE@ and LINE Login settings today, called LINE Business Center, where interested parties can register for the free trial via the site to begin creating their BOT accounts.

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BOT API Trial Account holders will be able to link the systems and services developed by themselves or their company with a LINE account and create a BOT account that can send and receive API-driven messages.

Whether it’s synching with restaurant search or scheduling apps to provide notifications or issue coupons, or to synching with smart appliances and other hardware to make them operable via LINE, the creation and implementation of various accounts based on CRM and IoT concepts will give LINE users access to services and features that have never been available previously on LINE .

 

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LINE Introduces New Group Call Feature

March 14, 2016LINE Corporation today announced the addition of a new group call feature to the latest version of the LINE app (iPhone and Android v.5.11, and Windows Desktop v.4.5), enabling users to participate in voice calls within their group or multiple person chats.

LINE was released in June 2011 as a group communications service available across multiple devices and network carriers, enabling users around the world to easily keep in touch with friends, family, and coworkers. It launched its free voice call service in October of the same year, and video calls in September 2013, all in an effort to improve the lines of communication between people.


Today, with the release of LINE 5.11 for iPhone and Android, LINE now includes support for voice calls within groups or multiple person chats. The group feature update is also supported on LINE Windows desktop version (v.4.5.)

 

Free Group Call

The feature offers free voice chats with up to 200 people. Calls can be initiated from within group chats or multiple person chats, and a notification message will be sent to all of the users participating in the chat. The number of people currently participating in the call can also be confirmed from within the chat. An icon is displayed above the user icon of the person currently speaking at the time, enabling users to easily communicate with each other.

The group call feature can be utilized for no charge as long as the user has the LINE app installed, allowing easy communication with a worldwide community of users. The service is perfect for catching up with friends and family, and also for use at work for important conference calls. The possibilities are endless with this tool designed to eliminate the traditional barriers to effective group communication.

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“We are constantly innovating the way our users communicate with their friends and family, and this new feature provides an additional way for our users to be closer to their friends and family. At every update we look towards refining the experience to keep up with our users’ needs and demands,” said SunHaeng Cho, the lead planner for group call.

In addition to the new group call feature, the LINE version 5.11 also has a redesigned More screen. The layout of the menu icons in the user interface has been modified for increased visibility and an even greater user experience. The new layout is available for both Android and iOS.

LINE Corporation will continue to develop new features and services and enhance existing ones in order to make it easier for users to communicate around the world.

 

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New “LINE Creators Themes” Launched

Kuala Lumpur – March 08, 2016 – LINE Corporation has announced the upcoming addition of themes to “LINE Creators Market,” enabling creators to design and sell their own LINE themes, scheduled for late April, 2016.

Prior to the global service launch, the official creation & review guidelines for creators’ themes have been published on the LINE Creators Market site.

“LINE Creators Market has enabled many artists globally, including Malaysia, to share their work with many others. The expansion into allowing creators’ to create their own themes is an extension that enables them to exercise their creativity,” said Patricia Yeoh, Public Relations Manager of LINE Malaysia. “LINE is thrilled to provide this platform that will not only benefit the creators, but enhance the users’ experience to a whole new level as well, especially for Malaysians.”

[adrotate banner=”4″]With creators’ themes, anybody who has a LINE account, be it individual or enterprise, can create LINE themes which, after passing the review process, can be sold to LINE users all over the world through the LINE app’s theme shop and LINE STORE.

Theme prices can be set by the creator at 150 LINE Coins (approximately MYR12.24), 200 LINE Coins (approximately MYR16.33), or 250 LINE Coins (approximately MYR20.42). After handling fees for App Store and Google Play (30%) are deducted, 50% of the remaining amount (35% of total sales) will be paid to the creator.

Creators themes can be based on photos as well as illustrations. Since various graphic elements, such as backgrounds, icons, and menu buttons, are made as separate parts and combined into a set, creators have a lot of freedom in turning their ideas into themes.

Those users who have already created stickers will be able to leverage their own characters into themes, thereby creating more in-depth worlds for their characters, taking advantage of the fact that unlike individual stickers, an interface theme is continuously on display once applied. Artists and entertainers will be able to feature characters or caricatures in their promotional and merchandising activities.

 

New “LINE Creators Themes” Availability

LINE released the official creation and review guidelines for creators’ themes on its LINE Creators Market official site. Theme submissions for review are expected to commence on April 15, 2016, and the sale of approved themes are expected to start in late April.

Through LINE Creators Market, LINE aims at developing a creator-activity based ecosystem. LINE will continue to move forward with its global platform as an important part of the world’s smartphone based communication infrastructure.

LINE Creators Market is a platform that enables users to sell LINE stickers they have created themselves. The sale of approved creators’ stickers began in May 2014. Participants hail from all over the world and as of today, the number of registered creators has grown to 520,000 users, who have created over 230,000 sticker sets. There are even numerous examples of characters originating from these stickers being merchandised or featured in tie-ins with various businesses, expanding their scope far beyond their original sticker usage.

 

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Foodie – Camera App Dedicated Solely For Food

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – February 25, 2016 – LINE Corporation has launched “Foodie,” a new camera app available for free on both iPhone and Android devices, dedicated to taking delicious food photos. In conjunction with the launch, LINE is rewarding Malaysians and their love for food in the #MYFoodieDiary Contest happening from February 25th to March 6th 2016.

Foodie follows the footsteps of LINE’s selfie dedicated camera app, B612, which has surpassed 100 million downloads worldwide to date. The food camera app offers an array of features with one goal in mind: making your food shots look even more delicious.

Its 24 types of food filters aptly named “Meats”, “Sushi”, Cakes” and more are sure to make one drool. The app’s “best angle” feature also allows users to know through colour when the camera is positioned horizontally above the subject so you can snap away trendy flat lays like those seen in gourmet magazines.

What’s more, the app includes features like an auto blurring effect to give images the air of SLR photography, as well as brightness adjustment and flashlight features to increase your shooting options. Foodie also offers the basic features expected of a camera app including sharing to social networks like Instagram and Twitter.

To celebrate Malaysians’ love for food and the enjoyment of sharing our meals through photos, LINE invites all Malaysian foodies to snap and share their daily food journey in a more enticing way through the #MYFoodieDiary Contest. Participants will stand a chance to win attractive prizes worth RM1,000 and LINE Gift Packs.

 

MYFoodieDiary Contest

It only takes three quick steps to participate in the contest and start your food diary:

Step 1: Download the Foodie camera app

Step 2: Snap your food photos using Foodie and don’t forget to enhance it using the filters and features

Step 3: Post it on your social media and hashtag #MYFoodieDiary

*Only entries with the Foodie watermark and made trackable through public setting will qualify

 

Moving forward, Foodie will continue to develop food-specific features, such as filters and effects, that allow users to have more enjoyable and enriching communication experiences through food photos.

 

 

Foodie Main Features

1. Food filters make culinary photos more enticing
With a selection of 24 filters optimised for food photography, users can take exactly the type of food photos they want.

2. Best angle feature for stylish flat lays
[adrotate banner=”4″]Uses on-screen color to let the user know when the camera is positioned flat, directly above the food on the table, for easy flat lay photography.

3. Auto blurring feature for pro-style images
Automatically recognises food as the subject and defocuses the surrounding area that is not food, producing images like those photographed using a single lens reflex (SLR) camera.

4. Brightness adjust and flashlight features for shooting in dark locations
The user can manually make the image brighter or darker when taking pictures. Plus, the light can be turned on like a flashlight to enable shooting in dark environments.
Note: 40-step (-2.0 to +2.0) brightness adjustment is possible.

5. Sharing through a variety of services
Processed photos can be shared not only through LINE but also on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

Foodie App Overview

App name: Foodie
Supported devices: Android, iPhone
Supported languages: Chinese (Simplified/Traditional), English, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Thai
Supported regions: Global
Service began: February 2, 2016
Cost: Free
Developer and operator: LINE Corporation
Copyright: © LINE Corporation

 

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LINE Introduces Animated CNY Stickers & Camera Stamps

Kuala Lumpur – February 2, 2016 – LINE, the world’s leading lifestyle platform, is ushering in a prosperous Lunar New Year by releasing its first-ever Chinese New Year animated sticker set on February 2, 2016. This limited edition sticker set will be available for all LINE users in Malaysia to download for free and enjoy, while chatting with friends and family this festive season!

[adrotate banner=”4″]Welcoming the Year of the Monkey, the festive sticker set’s design is inspired by the popular Chinese novel Journey to the West. This comes in a set of eight stickers, playing on the auspicious number that is widely known for its similarity to the Mandarin word for wealth or fortune.

The stickers feature the adorable LINE Friends characters, including Brown, Cony, Moon and James, decked out in clothing reminiscent of Journey to the West, and bearing festive messages. Users can also find a special sticker designed for Malaysians featuring the iconic Kuala Lumpur Petronas Twin Towers along with popular well-wishes such as “Huat Ah!” to further heighten the festive atmosphere.

The sticker set will also be available on LINE Camera (former aillis) as stamps where users will be able to download and decorate their photos. 88 lucky users who post their photos embedded with the stamps on their social media along with the hashtag #LINECNY will walk away with an exclusive LINE Lucky Bag worth RM168 (~US$39).

The animated sticker set and LINE Camera stamp are available for download in Malaysia on February 2, 2016 until March 2, 2016 through the in-app Sticker Shop.

 

Happy Year of the Monkey Animated Stickers

Name: Happy Year of the Monkey
Download Period: 02 Feb – 02 Mar 2016
Expiration Period: 90 days after download

 

Happy Year of the Monkey LINE Camera Stamps

Name: Happy Year of the Monkey
Download Period: 02 Feb – 02 Mar 2016
Expiration Period: 90 days after download

 

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