Today Line Corporation further expanded its mobile repertoire by announcing a Line News mobile app for its home market of Japan, available on both iOS and Android. The company hopes to leverage its experience from running Livedoor News and Naver Matome, with the goal of being the top mobile news destination in Japan.
Line has a news editorial department which will pick topics to present in a number of categories: Entertainment, Trends, Sports, and Current Events. They will then write short 60 to 70 character summaries for each (reportedly Line has approval from those outlets), as well as a pictures and a couple of related articles. If you want more details than that, you can tap on the source link. The service will also note the sorts of articles you read, and service you with more like them in the future.
In terms of mobile news alternatives in Japan, I think there are lots of better alternatives out there, such as more personalized services like Gunosy or Cakes . But I think what this does for Line is incrementally them one step closer to being the dominant place where Japanese users live, a smartphone web portal that serves every need.
Readers may recall that Line previously launched a Manga service back in April, its other notable venture into the content space in Japan.
Line has its ‘Hello, Friends in Tokyo’ event coming up August, and if that event proves to be anything like last year, we can expect more fun additions from the company at that time.
For more information on the growth of Line and its vast repertoire of apps, including Line News, please check out our interactive Line Timeline which chronicles its growth from its launch back in 2011 up until the present day.
I use Gunosy regularly, but I should point out I’ve only looked at Cakes a little bit – but it looks very, very sharp. We’re hoping to have a feature on the latter service coming soon. ↩