Line vs Telegram
Last updated: January 05, 2017
Mobile messenger app with various stickers and free voice & video call over 3G/4G & Wi-Fi.
Telegram is a messaging app with a focus on speed and security. It’s super-fast, simple, secure and free. Telegram seamlessly syncs across all of your devices and can be used on desktops, tablets and phones alike. You can send an unlimited amount of messages, photos, videos and files of any type (.doc, .zip, .pdf, etc.). Telegram groups have up to 200 people and you can send broadcasts to up to 100 contacts at a time. Be sure to check our website for a list of Telegram apps for all platforms. Telegram alternatives for business are Slack, Hipchat, Microsoft Teams
Latest news about Line and Telegram:
05.01.17. Telegram adds unsend feature. Messaging app Telegram adds “unsend” feature which lets users retrieve (i.e. delete) messages within two days of sending them. Secure messenger Signal also recently added an ephemeral messaging feature, back in October — albeit for ‘tidiness’, not privacy. Telegram’s unsend feature works within one-to-one and group messaging scenarios, and has to be enacted within the 48 hour window. It says the idea is to serve users with ‘morning after messaging regret’ by letting them scrub stuff they wish they’d never said.
13.04.16. Telegram released Bot Platform 2.0. Messaging platform Telegram announced a 2.0 update to its bot platform - the biggest update since launch last year. The update brings the ability for devs to build bots that can send any type of content supported on Telegram, such as documents, MP3s, videos, stickers, animations and contacts; support for location-based services; and the ability to deeply integrate with other services based on users’ phone numbers. It’s also adding inline keyboards that can be structured to mesh with a particular bot’s messages — so users can tap on pre-determined buttons to respond to the bot, rather than needing to type out specific instructions. Telegram has built four sample bots to show off the new features: @music, a bot for searching for and sharing classical music; @youtube, a bot for searching and sharing YouTube videos; @foursquare, a bot for finding nearby restaurants and places to share addresses with friends; and @sticker, a bot for finding stickers using — you guessed it — emoji as the start point for a sticker search.
08.04.16. Messenger Line introduced bots. Line has enabled developers to create bots for its messaging up. Line is initially capping things with just 10,000 ‘trial’ bots open on a first come, first serve basis. Bots will be limited to 50 friends — or 50 accounts that they serve — which is further proof that this is a very much a test before a wider rollout. There’s nothing much to speak of right now for end users, but with the tech now in the hands of developers, we could see the first Line bots roll out soon. Facebook is also expected to open its Messenger platform for bots at its F8 event next week.
14.03.16. Messenger Line now allows to create group calls with up to 200 friends. Mobile messaging service Line has supported one-on-one video and voice calling for some time and now has added support for group voice calls with up to 200 people concurrently. It's likely a business feature, and Line said it has aspirations of replacing some enterprise calling systems. A feature like this might help Line stand out from the crowd, though, which includes Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. Aside from more than a billion active users, Messenger offers video and voice calling, while WhatsApp added voice last year and is rumored to be adding video soon. Neither supports mass calls right now so this new addition puts the spotlight on Line calling.
19.10.15. Messenger Line adds end-to-end encryption. Japan-based messenger Line is finally bringing end-to-end encryption to its mobile messaging service, which is used by over 211 million people worldwide each month. The new security feature, dubbed ‘Letter Sealing’, will bring encryption to messages and features on the service, starting with one-on-one chats and the service’s location-sharing feature, on its mobile and desktop apps. The feature is only activated when all parties interacting have it present on their device. Initially, users must switch on encryption themselves — the setting is buried inside menus — which could impact the initial rollout. But Line plans to switch it on by default for all users soon, initially it is only default for those with one Android device registered to their account. There are plans to add encrypted sealing to Line for desktop and other operating systems over time, too.
24.09.15. Telegram launched public chats - Channels. Secure messenger Telegram added new feature, that will be usefull for business - Channels. It's a new tool for broadcasting your messages to large audiences. Channels replace the old Broadcast lists and are better in every way. They can have an unlimited number of members, they can be public with a permanent URL and each post in a channel has its own view counter. Views from forwarded copies of your messages will be included in the total count. Last but not least, new members can see the entire message history in a channel once they join — all the way to day one. Channels are available in Telegram's iOS and Android apps.
02.09.15. Messenger Line intoruced Launcher app for Android. Line, the Japanese messenger, has released an Android launcher app. It lets users put stickers on their wallpaper and edit the appearance of app icons, while it includes widget shortcuts, utility apps and an integrated search feature. The Line launcher also recommends apps for download for its users and has souped up notifications for the core Line chat app. Right now it doesn’t seem to have too much integration with the latter service, but we’d expect things to become more optimized with future updates. An Android launcher app makes absolute sense because, not only does it potentially help Line reach people who don’t make use of its messaging app — which counts half of its active user base in just three countries: Japan, Taiwan and Thailand — but it could help the service’s more active users become even more active.
25.06.15. Telegram now lets developers create smart chat-bots . Popular messenger Telegram has launched a new Bot platform that allows third-party developers to create Bots which are simply Telegram accounts operated by software sporting AI-like features. Examples of this might be an image bot integrated with the Bing Image search API or support bot that can resolve your issue step-by-step. Bots can even provide custom keyboards, so users will not have to type anything. New Bot developers only needed a few hours to build these bots. They just generate a key with @BotFather and use a simple https API to control the bot. Telegram Bots can also go viral. Any forwarded message contains a link to its original sender. This means any message from your bot forwarded to a person or group is a messaging equivalent of a retweet – thus making bots inherently viral. All bots have an Add To Group and a Share button as well.
14.02.15. Messenger Line launches business version. Messenger Line has released a new service that will allow brands, SMEs and other business users to tap into its platform communicate with customers and consumers. The Line@ app – which is available for iOS and Android — is essentially an enterprise-focused version of Line’s popular chat app. Line@ plugs into the existing chat service and can exchange messages with regular Line users and post content to the social network-like ‘Timeline,’ but it is designed for communicating with people who are not friends but are clients, customers or fans. The new service is free to use but Line is charging users for a searchable, vanity ID ($24 for the first year, $12 thereafter) while free accounts are limited to sending 1,000 messages per month. Those wishing to go for more can pay $50 per month for 50,000 messages, messages beyond that bundle cost $0.01 each.
12.02.15. Line acquired online payment service WebPay. Mobile messenger Line is beefing up its payments service Line Pay by acquiring Japanese startup WebPay. Line Pay, which is integrated into Line’s core chat app, is now limited to buying digital goods from Line’s platform, but the company has plans to extend that to cover other online sites and services, and that’s where WebPay comes into the picture. It's a Stripe-like service that facilitates payment on e-commerce sites, mobile apps and other web-based services.
12.12.14. Telegram messenger is attracting business teams. Messaging app Telegram, that makes a great play of its secure, encrypted platform, is going after a more business-focused, demanding niche than its competitor WhatsApp. Creator, Pavel Durov, says that there are more and more small teams switching their collaboration from e-mail to Telegram. Telegram can basically solve some of the same tasks but is more secure and several times faster. Durov says a potential key to Telegram’s rising popularity is that users like the ability to sync their Telegram mobile messages with Telegram’s desktop and tablet apps. This is something they can’t do on Whatsapp, which has a largely consumer base in emerging markets. Thus more key tasks, such as for business like sharing documents and files, are easier on Telegram. Telegram now claims to have over 50 million monthly active users, sending 1 billion messages daily.