Line (written in capital letters) is a free instant messaging application that can be used on a variety of electronic devices, such as smartphones, tablets and computers. Line users exchange text, images, video and audio, and have free VoIP conversations and video conferencing. In addition, Line is a platform that provides various services including digital wallets as Line Pay, news streams as Line Today, video on demand as Line TV, and digital comic distribution as Line Manga and Line Webtoon. The service is operated by Line Corporation, Seoul-based Naver Corporation and a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Softbank Group. Line started as a disaster response. In March 2011, the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami damaged Japan's telecommunications infrastructure nationwide, requiring employees at NHN Japan to rely on Internet-based resources to communicate. Line reached 100 million users in 18 months and 200 million users in just six months. Line became Japan's largest social network in 2013. In October 2014, Line announced it had attracted 560 million users worldwide with 170 million active user accounts. In February 2015, it announced the mark of 600 million users had passed and 700 million were expected by the end of the year. In March 2021, SoftBank's affiliate Group Z Holdings completed its merger with LINE Corporation. Under the new structure, A Holdings, a subsidiary of SoftBank Corporation, will own 65.3% of Z Holdings. As a result, Z Holdings will become a consolidated subsidiary of SoftBank Corporation and own Line and Yahoo! Line is the most popular messaging app in Japan.
It is also the most popular messaging app in Taiwan and Thailand. Line initially can only be used on iOS and Android systems. OS (October 2014), and as a Chrome Browser App (via Chrome Web Store). Line also officially launched an application that can be used on macOS and Windows devices. Line is an application that works on multiple platforms and has access via a personal computer (Windows or macOS). This app will also provide contact sync option. This application also has a feature to add friends through the use of QR codes, Line ID, and by shaking the phone at the same time. The app has an immediate pop-out message box for reading and replying to make it easier for users to communicate. The app can also share photos, videos and music with other users, send current or specific locations, voice audio, emoji, stickers, and emoticons to friends. Users can view real-time confirmation when messages are sent and received or use the hidden chat feature, which can hide and delete chat history (from the involved devices and Line servers) after a time specified by the user. The app also makes free voice and video calls. Users can also chat and share media in groups by creating and joining groups of up to 500 people. The app also provides a bulletin board where users can post, like and comment. The app also has a timeline and homepage feature that allows users to post images, text and stickers on their homepage. Users can also change their Line theme to the ones provided by Line in the theme store for free or users can buy other famous cartoon characters they like. Line also has a feature, called Snap movie, which users can use to record stop-motion videos and add the provided background music.
Unlike other Line services, Line Pay is offered worldwide via the Line app.
Line introduced Line Pay worldwide on December 16, 2014. The service allows users to request and send money from users in their contact lists and make mobile payments in stores. This service has been expanded to allow other features such as offline wire transfers when making purchases and ATM transactions such as depositing and withdrawing money. Unlike other Line services, Line Pay is offered worldwide via the Line app. Line Taxi was launched in January 2015 in partnership with a local taxi company, Nihon Kotsu, in Japan. Just like Line Pay, Line Taxi is not separate, but a package with the Line application where users can order taxis and pay automatically through Line Pay from the linked account. Along with the launch of Line Pay and Line Taxi, this service is useful so that users can use courier services to deliver food or products and services from shops/restaurants that have collaborated with Line. Only available in Japan. Line Today is a news streaming service that is integrated with the Line application in collaboration with thousands of trusted news sites. Line Find Alumni is a feature of Line, where users can find friends based on alumni from schools or universities. First released in conjunction with the short film What's Up With Love?
Line OpenChat (formerly Line Square) is a feature of Line where this feature is the same as OpenChat in the KakaoTalk application. This feature is used to chat anonymously using a different name and avatar. Line Wallet (formerly More Tab) is one of the bars in Line. Line Wallet contains e-commerce and Line Store advertisements. Line Points is a feature of Line that can generate points to be exchanged for stickers or themes. However, users must meet requirements such as downloading an application, playing an application, adding an official account or visiting a site. Line Bank was first introduced on June 10, 2021 in collaboration with Hana Bank. Inaugurated and launched as a digital bank on June 15, 2021. This feature is quite unique where there are free admin fees, free transfer fees and free e-wallet top-up fees such as Gopay, OVO, ShopeePay and Link Aja. This bank is aimed at young people considering that debit cards are characters from Line such as Brown, Cony and Sally.
However, in mid-March, Line Bank limited transfers to 25 times a month. Line Bank also offers Bank services such as deposits, cash withdrawals, credit and loans. Line Voom (formerly TimeLine) is a feature of Line where users can post things (such as the Facebook home page) and future posts (such as the Instagram story feature). Akimoto, Akky (2013-12-17). "Looking at 2013's Japanese social-media scene". The Japan Times (in English). McCracken, Harry (2015-02-19). "How Japan's Line App Became A Culture-Changing, Revenue-Generating Phenomenon". Fast Company (in English). Russell, Jon (2014-07-22). "Chat App Line Adds Self-Destructing Messages". TNW|Apps (in English). LINE Indonesia Official Blog (in Japanese). Bestari, Novina Putri. "Officially Closed, This is the Last Chat from Line Today". 2014-11-05). "LINE launches Find Alumni feature". Dewi, Intan Rakhmayanti. "Line OpenChat Closes July 20th, Follow Line Today". LINE Indonesia Official Blog (in Japanese). Media, Cyber Compass. "How to Use Line Points to Buy Stickers on Line". Media, Cyber Compass. "Official Line Launches Digital Bank in Indonesia". Dabu, Petrus (2022-07-12). "After Deposit and Savings Products, LINE Bank by Hana Bank Launches Digital Loan Feature". Iconomics (in English). Stories"". LINE Indonesia Official Blog (in Japanese). LINE. "Help Center|LINE".
As of June 10, 2021, eight volumes have been published as part of the Progressive series.
Sword Art Online is a Japanese light novel series written by Reki Kawahara with accompanying illustrations drawn by abec. The series takes place in the near-future and focuses on various virtual reality MMORPG worlds. ASCII Media Works began publishing the novels on April 10, 2009 under their Dengeki Bunko imprint. Russia. With more than 16 million copies in print worldwide, there are future plans for publications in Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Vietnam and others. Kawahara also began writing a parallel series of light novels titled Sword Art Online: Progressive, a spin-off that focuses on the clearing of Aincrad, unlike the Aincrad stories of the main series. As of June 10, 2021, eight volumes have been published as part of the Progressive series. In addition to the original storyline of Sword Art Online and Sword Art Online: Progressive, Kawahara has also written and published Sword Art Online side stories. Accel World, have been sold at Comitia, Dengeki Bunko's Fair and have come along with the limited edition Blu-Ray/DVD Sword Art Online compilation volumes.
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Before Sword Art Online was published, Kawahara had posted Sword Art Online novels on his website and there are still a few side stories on Sword Art Online, although the original novels have been removed. In addition, Kawahara has published a side story of Sword Art Online in one of his other works, Accel World. In the tenth volume of Accel World, there is a chapter where it depicts a cross over between Sword Art Online and Accel World. Several of the side stories that he has released are in a collection called the Sword Art Online Material Edition, sold at the Comitia dōjinshi-selling event, which range from novels to manga. However, all of the art in the Material Editions is drawn by Kawahara himself. Aside from the light novels written by Kawahara, there are also two spin-offs written by other authors with supervision by him. The first one is Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online series written by Keiichi Sigsawa and illustrated by Kouhaku Kuroboshi, while the other is Sword Art Online Alternative: Clover's Regret, written by Watase Souichirou and illustrated by Ginta. While both of these series take place in the same world as the main series written by Kawahara, they each feature different characters as the focus compared to the main series.
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