LINE: Standing out from the messaging crowd

Messaging app user numbers continue to grow rapidly, with many smartphone users having accounts with more than one provider. But, perhaps surprisingly, many companies operating in this space are not yet generating a huge amount of revenue. To that end, there …

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Alibaba pilots messaging app for small businesses

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group began trialling a business-focused mobile messaging app called DingTalk in December, Reuters has reported. Users can conduct conference calls and group messaging via the app, which is targeted towards small and medium-sized enterprises. With 8.5 …

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Tinder buys photo messaging app Tappy

The company behind dating app Tinder acquired Chill, the maker of the photo messaging app Tappy, according to TechCrunch. Tappy works in a similar way to Snapchat, with messages disappearing after 24 hours. All conversations have to be initiated with …

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Hike looks to add voice with acquisition

The company behind Indian messaging app Hike acquired a startup that builds technology to enable voice calls over Wi-Fi, suggesting it may soon add that functionality to its service. Hike announced it has acquired Zip Phone, which is also based …

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Daum Kakao to enter taxi app fray

South Korean messaging app maker Daum Kakao is to join rival LINE by launching a mobile taxi-hailing service, according to a report by IDG News Service. The company will work with licensed taxi drivers in its home country from early …

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LINE Pay gets global launch

LINE introduced payment functionality to its messaging service worldwide, laying the foundations for a raft of new services. LINE Pay, which was announced in October, arrived through an update to the iOS and Android versions of the messaging app. It …

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Viber adds games to armoury

Viber has added a social games platform to its mobile messaging services as it looks to further expand and monetise the products it offers users. Three games have been rolled out for Android and iOS in five countries so far, …

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LINE culls slow-growing games

LINE Corp removed 15 third-party titles from its LINE Game service, with plans to focus its resources on products that are enjoying greater growth “in order to further propel the service as a global gaming platform”. The company removed the …

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Anonymous messaging app YikYak attracts funding despite controversy

The US company behind anonymous messaging app YikYak secured funding to the tune of $62 million, giving it a valuation of between $300 million and $400 million, according to The Wall Street Journal (WSJ). Launched a year ago, YikYak is …

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