Line, the instant messaging app, had launched its Line Premium Call feature for users back in February, allowing users in select regions to make low-cost calls to mobiles and landlines across the world, separate from its free voice call feature between Line users.
Now, Line has released an update for its Android app that brings major overhaul to its calling feature making it easier to use than before. The app update for Android also rebrands the Line Premium Call feature to Line Out alongside introducing a new design.
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The latest Line app for Android (version 5.4.0) is now available to download via Google Play. The company has promised that the update will be rolling out to iPhone users in the near future.
The app interface has also received some additions as the menu is now located at the top the of Line app. The “Calls” tab can now be seen tagged alongside Friends, Chats, Timeline, and More tabs found on the main navigation bar.
The company notes that Line Out, previously called Line Premium Call, is now available in Argentina, Australia, Cambodia, Chile, Colombia, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, and Venezuela.
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Users of the Line app for Android can now call directly from friends’ Line profiles by going to Settings > Line Out Settings and select “Call Line Friends From Profiles” to make calls with Line Out directly. For making calls to non-Line users, sync contacts to make calls to friends who are not using Line with Line Out feature.
The Google Play listing of Line app adds that the update brings significantly improvements to the free call and video call quality and UI.
Last month, Line launched a light version of its original app called Line Lite for emerging markets with weak network infrastructure and limited connectivity.