Posts Tagged: mobile messaging


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Line revenues spike 25% to $177 million as messaging app shotguns towards IPO

Japanese mobile messenger Line just keeps raking in cash.

  • July 31, 2014
  • at 2:09 pm
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Line’s new ecommerce app for Thailand is the scruffy cousin to its shopping app in Japan

Thai shoppers, rejoice – popular Japanese chat app Line, which has 24 million registered users in the Land of Smiles, just rolled out ...

  • July 16, 2014
  • at 6:09 pm
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Following Line’s disruption, Korea’s KakaoTalk confirms it’s experiencing issues in China

More than a day after Tech in Asia first observed that Japanese chat app Line was malfunctioning in China, it looks like another mobile me...

  • July 3, 2014
  • at 7:24 pm
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Chinese flirting app Momo shuts down its English version, which you didn’t know existed

Momo, the popular Chinese flirting app that recently crossed the 100 million download mark, has announced that it will shut down its inter...

  • June 18, 2014
  • at 4:56 pm
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Korean messaging app KakaoTalk to merge with Daum, the country’s second-largest web portal (UPDATED)

In yet another major development in the global chat app wars, popular Korea-based messaging startup Kakao looks set to merge with Daum, the ...

  • May 26, 2014
  • at 4:45 pm
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Chat app Line is now selling user-created stickers. Here are our 7 favorite sets

Japan’s powerhouse messaging app Line announced last February that it would begin accepting applications for sticker sets made by ordi...

  • May 14, 2014
  • at 10:17 pm
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Viber was the enigma of the mobile messaging wars. Why did Rakuten buy it for $900 million?

The Wall Street Journal has reported that Rakuten, the Japanese e-commerce firm, will purchase Viber, the Cyprus-based mobile messaging star...

  • February 14, 2014
  • at 3:34 pm
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WhatsApp has 30 million active users in India, up 5 million from last month

WhatsApp is accelerating faster than ever in India, and right now has 30 million active users in the country, according to Neeraj Arora, Wha...

  • December 5, 2013
  • at 3:19 pm
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5 reasons why the fight between WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Line matters

Are you tired of tech blogs covering messaging apps that you’ve never used, which are popular in countries that you’ve never been to? Do...

  • November 15, 2013
  • at 9:00 pm
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China’s popular WeChat messenger tests Facebook-esque “Like” button, and it looks strangely familiar

China's popular WeChat messenger introduced a "Like" button for articles that users read.

  • July 30, 2014
  • at 12:58 pm
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WeChat’s future is in hardware, and it can thank Polaroid for the inspiration

When Polaroid discontinued its instant photo-churning film and camera in 2008, the world mourned the death of a loveable but hopelessly anti...

  • July 7, 2014
  • at 8:00 am
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Line’s DIY sticker store now goes live in the US, UK, and 7 more countries

Early last month popular Japanese messaging app Line officially opened up its Creators Market in Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, and Indonesia, let...

  • June 27, 2014
  • at 2:33 pm
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Fresh off its latest funding boost, Korea-based couples app Between sets up shop in Taiwan

We’ve been following South Korea’s VCNC, creator of the for-couples chat app Between, since its early days as a bootstrapped startup, tr...

  • June 6, 2014
  • at 8:00 am
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With 10M users in just four months, Tinder-esque app BeeTalk is buzzing throughout Asia

A few months ago, Tech in Asia wrote a piece about BeeTalk, a little-known social app that took Snapchat, Tinder, Line, and WeChat and ro...

  • May 20, 2014
  • at 6:08 pm
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Facing competition from WeChat, Alibaba’s chat app has turned its focus away from messaging

Last week, Chinese tech giant Alibaba released an updated version of Laiwang, the company’s bid for a mobile messaging app in the vein of ...

  • April 21, 2014
  • at 4:22 pm
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How big is Line in Taiwan? Big enough to have its own museum exhibit

In most markets, Japan-based messaging service Line is but one mobile chat app among many others, all of whom are competing for eyeballs in ...

  • December 10, 2013
  • at 7:30 pm
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WeChat inks deal with Singapore telco to attract more young users

Tencent’s mobile chat app WeChat and Singapore telco StarHub today launched a new WeChat plan, in which pre-paid users of the telco can en...

  • November 19, 2013
  • at 5:30 pm
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WhatsApp continues Indian invasion as it breaks the 25 million active user mark

Today WhatsApp representatives revealed to Indian media that the popular messaging service recently broke the 25 million monthly active user...

  • November 8, 2013
  • at 9:37 pm
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