LINE claims 30 million users in India milestone, is still half way from WhatsApp

Popular voice calling and IM application, LINE, has disclosed that it has crossed a milestone in India by acquiring a total of 30 million active users in the country. This is certainly a huge accomplishment for the company and as large as that number is, it’s still nowhere near to the user-base WhatsApp currently holds in India.

The company disclosed this information to The Economic Times which notes that the original target for the services was to acquire a total of 50 million subscribers by the end of this fiscal year. So this means that LINE still has 5 months to attract 20 million new users if it wants to meet the set target.

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The 30 million users it has in India are part of the large global family of over 560 million. And to achieve such a number in just over a year is quite an achievement, not to mention the huge competition it faces from other popular services such as Google Talk, We Chat, Nimbuzz, Hike, Viber and Facebook Messenger.

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As mentioned above, LINE is still far away from reaching the same success WhatsApp has with a user-base of 60 million in India. In recent news, the company introduced a new service called LINE Premium Call which offers international calling straight from the application.

And to woo Indian users, localized stickers were also launched including a Diwali one to celebrate the ongoing festival. An all-new iPad application was also revealed last week which is designed to make the most of the slate’s large display.

Back in April, LINE announced that it had a total of 18 million users in India and by reaching the latest milestone, it managed to get 12 million more subscribers in just 6 months.