LINE to come pre-installed on smartwatches sold in Asia, Europe, and America
Tokyo, Japan – September 5, 2013 – LINE Corporation has announced that an optimized version of its free call and messaging app “LINE” will come pre-installed on Samsung’s smartwatch “Galaxy Gear”, on sale in October 2013.
The Galaxy Gear version of LINE will let users receive free phone calls, view their chat logs, send stickers, and toggle notifications for incoming messages from their smartwatch device*.
The application is currently being designed with users of Samsung’s smartphones in mind, with plans to offer compatibility with other makers’ devices in the future**. More details concerning the app and its functions will be announced when the Galaxy Gear goes on sale.
The LINE app has achieved status as a global messaging service, with over 240 million users worldwide. With its expansion onto smartwatches the LINE Corporation hopes to make its app a widely used multi-device service.
*Customers will be unable to make outgoing phone calls or send text messages with the Galaxy Gear version of LINE.
**In order to link the smartphone and smartwatch versions of LINE, customers will be required to download the LINE WATCH MANAGER (tentative name). Customers will not be able to register a new LINE account with the smartwatch version.
Summary of LINE for Galaxy Gear:
App Cost: Free
Area of Release: Global