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Just a month after word emerged that Japanese mobile messaging giant Line had found a China partner, new reports are saying the company is preparing to formally enter the market in the next few months. The company will certainly have a steep hill to climb in China, where it will have to challenge industry juggernaut WeChat, owned by Tencent (HKEx: 700). But that said, I do think that Line could quickly gain a major audience in China if it positions itself as an alternative for globally-minded business professionals. It should move as quickly as possible, as I fully expect global leader WhatsApp to make a similar major push into China within the next year.
Line has become a major player in Asia over the last few years, but it never formally showed any China aspirations until last month when it reportedly formed a partnership with locally based mobile app store operator Wandoujia. (previous post) Now media are reporting that Line has embarked on a major China hiring spree, as it builds up a locally based team to establish a formal presence in the market. (Chinese article)
Line’s move makes it the second major foreign social networking (SNS) company to formally enter China this year. In February, leading professional SNS company LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD) launched a China service with a more formal announcement, including a lengthy disclaimer saying it recognized the challenges of the market due to strict self-censorship requirements by Beijing. (previous post)
I haven’t seen any such formal announcement from Line, perhaps because the company is trying to be more low-key about its play for China. It’s also possible that Line won’t make an announcement until it formally launches its China-based service, which is expected later this year. A Line executive refused to detail the size of the recent hiring drive, but said the new team will be responsible for developing locally-oriented services and communicating with Chinese customers.
I traveled to Taiwan over this year’s Chinese New Year holiday, and was surprised to see that Line is quite popular there. WeChat is also rapidly gaining ground in Taiwan, which shares many qualities with the mainland Chinese market and also has historical links to Japan. One big differentiator between the 2 services seems to be image: Line is viewed as a more mature, international service, whereas WeChat is viewed as more of a purely social platform for younger people. A similar dichotomy exists in the west between Facebook (Nasdaq: FB), which is viewed more as a platform for youngsters, and LinkedIn, which is viewed as a professional networking tool.
WeChat is also viewed with a slight degree of suspicion in Taiwan due to its mainland Chinese roots, leading some to suspect it monitors its users and reports their activities to Beijing. If Line is smart, it will try to seize on those kinds of differences to offer a strong alternative to WeChat in China. Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) used a similar differentiation strategy to score previous success for its MSN instant messenger service in China, which was seen as more professional than Tencent’s popular QQ.
Based on all the recent developments, I would expect to see Line formally launch its China service in the next 3-4 months, and I doubt we’ll see any other partnerships beyond the original pairing with Wandoujia. The sooner that Line can launch the better, as I expect that WhatsApp is currently discussing its own move into China following its plan to sell itself to Facebook announced in February. That deal probably hasn’t closed yet, but discussions may already be underway for a WhatsApp move into China. Such a move is unlikely to happen until 2015, but look for lots of fireworks in the market when Line and then WhatsApp pose some of the first serious challenges to WeChat over the next 2 years.
Bottom line: Line is likely to launch in China by September this year, followed by WhatsApp in the first half of 2015, posing 2 of the first serious challenges to the dominance of WeChat.
Related posts:Ever since WhatsApp was founded in 2009, it has had to strive against a lot of competitors in the messenger field. However, over the last few years, perhaps, WhatsApp has gained quite a great amount of popularity. Just as it's founder's proudly claim, it indeed 'has done to SMS on mobile phones, what Skype did to international calling.'
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The main reasons for WhatsApp's brief undisputed reign in the messenger market, perhaps, might be attributed to Nokia.
♦ Nokia with it's launch of the Asha models, on which WhatsApp comes integrated with, has a major role.
♦ The second most important reason is the variety of choice that WhatsApp has to offer when it comes to mobile platforms. Now perhaps for people in US and UK, with the majority of people using Android, iOS or Blackberry OSes; the compatibility of an app is not an issue. But in India, a lot is still dependent on Symbian or even Java. So WhatsApp is definitely a God-sent for them.
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1. Simple and easy to use UI. Layout is beautiful, and specialized for Android.
3.Multi platform support(Including Java and Symbian).
Line Vs Wechat Vs Whatsapp4.Less to almost no spam, because only people who have your number may WhatsApp you.
5.Push notifications, with significantly less RAM usage. (Also pop-up is available).
6.Unlike Google Voice or TextNow, WhatsApp is available in almost all countries. International texting cost is greatly reduced.
Line Wechat Whatsapp Login7.I have not mentioned the other facilities like Group Chat,emoticons, stickers, sending pictures e.t.c, as these are common in almost all messengers these days.
8.*Any others which the users might find personally.
1. Though I understand that this app was created with the sole objective of replacing chat I think there should be an option for socializing and meeting new people; especially for people like me who love strangers. Perhaps an option to add via email or name?
2.No option for video or voice call.( I know, I know it is meant to replace SMS).
3. Audio and any other things we send as attachments gets downloaded to the device. Can't we just view them online and choose whether or not to download?( I'm not sure if this is only happening in my phone*)
4. No way to turn it off completely. (Hey SMS doesn't consume data or battery all the time).
5. No option to send videos or music.
Line is a comparatively new IM application. It was first launched in 2011, and as of 2013 it has about 120 million users. Like WhatsApp it too provides a multi platform support.
The pros and cons are pretty much the same as WhatsApp, however this app provides an option of audio call via 3G or WiFi network.
1. It provides an option to integrate your account with your email id as well as your phone number. This is a huge pro, because with hacking being this rampant these days and people changing phones too often, it is not very unusual for one to lose his number or phone access. Email security allows them to reclaim their chats,contacts and change their phone number.
2. Voice call facility is surely a feature that boosts up this app to a lot higher position than it's prototypes.
3. More stickers than WhatsApp. (I think so*).
4. Option to follow popular companies and K pop artists.
5. A timeline like view almost like Facebook, but the like and response options are a bit different.
1. As with most things, too much features makes this app a bit sloppy. Android 2.3.xx users might find it a bit irritating to use Line, as the UI is not suitable and keeps force closing when network is weak during a call.
2. The option of audio call surely brings to us the want of video call. Especially now with most people on a WiFi network with unlimited data usages.
3. The Audio messages(voicemails) sent are often sloppy and have to be downloaded as an attachment unlike WeChat.
WeChat was developed by Tencent and launched in 2011. It was promoted largely in India, and has gained a fair share of users (70 million outside China as of May this year). This app if hit's the popularity level of WhatsApp; will be hard to stop. This is simply because of the features it has to
offer .WeChat has almost all the facilities of Line and WhatsApp, including, adding via email, multi platform support, Facebook log in, emoticons, stickers e.t.c. But what makes it stand apart from the others is it's beautiful voice messaging. The voice messages get sent seamlessly in all devices(including Android 2.3.XX and s60).
1. Flawless voice messaging ( I've tried it on Symbian, Blackberry and Android without any issues).
2. Ability to listen to voice messages instantly, without having to download it as an attachment.
3. The Social section with 'Moments' is excellent. Also, only people who are friends can see each others comment. Great privacy move.
4. Meet strangers and socialize via:
♦ Look Around.
♦ Drift Bottles.
5. Video and voice calls.
6. Live chat option makes conversations come alive with multiple people voice chatting together.
1. No status of 'Online' or 'Offline'. Hard o make out if a user is active or deleted the app from his/her phone.
2. Mostly Chinese users. Yep, the language barrier.
Over time, Science and Tech has advanced to give IMs and Smart Phones a whole new look. all these three messengers are great. It actually depends on which one your friends and family uses, so you can stay connected.
Because, staying connected is more important than having a lot of features but no one to use it with.
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