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LINE launches group call app globally on Android

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MUMBAI: LINE has launched a free group call app called Popcorn Buzz that allows up to 200 participants to simultaneously converse on Android.

Popcorn Buzz offers group call functionality, which is being touted as a replacement for existing paid business-grade conference call services. For users that need to talk to multiple people at once, Popcorn Buzz accommodates both personal and business usage, all for free.

Anyone can get started with Popcorn Buzz by choosing a username and uploading a profile picture. By sending out each group call’s unique URL via email, text message, or another communication method of the user’s choice, they can start making group calls with friends without any delay. Additionally, existing LINE users can log in to Popcorn Buzz with their LINE account to immediately synchronize their friends list data and get started making group calls with their LINE friends right away.

During group calls, users can see all the other call members’ icons, and tell who is talking via the green dots that light up in the lower right-hand corner of current talking users’ icons.

An iPhone release is also planned, along with implementation of additional features like group video chat, interconnectivity with LINE groups, and more in the future.

The app supports multiple languages like Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

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