Kik vs Line

Last updated: April 08, 2016

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2016. 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.

2016. 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.

2015. 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.

2015. Messenger Kik adds QR codes to connect users and brands

Mobile messenger Kik is borrowing a hallmark of WeChat: QR codes to enable a range of interactions right from the app, such as buying a soda or printing a photo. That kind of engagement is the longterm goal for Kik but, comparatively speaking, ‘Kik Codes’ are starting out very basic. Scanning can connect two users, add new participants to a group chat or — perhaps most interestingly — connect a user with a brand on the service. Kik introduced promoted chats last year to let brands like Burger King into its service in an official capacity. The company said today that over 16 million users have chatted with branded bots, with over half a billion messages exchanged, and Kik Codes play nicely on that concept. For example, a Code that offers a free pizza or money offer incentive can trigger a scan from a user — with the code, that connection would be far harder to facilitate.

2015. 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.

2015. Messenger Kik raised $50M

Kik, the Canadian company behind the messaging app of the same name has announced $50M worth of funding from Tencent, maker of WeChat. Kik always remained innovative in a space that has seen players come and go quicker than ever before. It makes money, too. Kik currently sits at number 30 in the top free apps on the App Store, 7th in social networking (both in the US). By working with Tencent, the idea is that Kik can compete with monsters in messaging, like Facebook, by being innovative and trying new things until it finds something that sticks…which Tencent has done extremely well.

2015. Messenger Kik unveiled in-chat web browser

Kik continues putting the entire web in chat after upgrading its in-app sidebar browser into a full-blown browser for its messaging app. The change means that Kik users can now summon a full browser inside their chats with co-workers. Previously the browser was limited, since it was loaded from the sidebar as part of the chat window. This change translates to a more immersive experience, which lets Kik’s 200 million registered users surf the web while talking. It also gives them the option to easily share web pages and services in chats. That’s important for a number of reasons. For one thing, Kik’s content platform is based on HTML. The company has plans to launch a payments service this year, and subsequently introduce commerce and other services inside its app, based on HTML and the browser experience.

2015. 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.

2015. 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.