Line messaging app. Image Credit: trutower
Line messaging app. Image Credit: trutower

As we have been seeing social media companies making updates and coming up with new features, from Facebook introducing live video to android users to WhatsApp introducing document sharing in chats to Facebook rolling out a new, Material Design-styled version of Messenger on Android and so forth.

As of yesterday, Line Corporation also known as LINE, an instant messaging application rolled out a group voice calling update/feature to its Android and iOS apps with version 5.11. What’s more interesting, the feature will be coming to LINE app for Windows and Mac with versions 4.5 and later.

The new update/feature now let’s users voice call more than one person at a time within groups or multiple person chats. According to the company, the group calling feature supports up to 200 users at the same time at no charge.

All you’ll need is the latest version of LINE to use the group call feature, so be sure to update yours! Your LINE friends who are still using an older version of LINE will receive an update notice as well. It is available for download from Google Play and App Store.

Once a group call has been initiated, a notification is sent to all the members of the group you have invited to participate in the chat. The call screen displays thumbnail images of everyone that is currently part of the group call and a mark is displayed over the image of the person who is currently talking, so even large groups can enjoy conversations while avoiding chaos.

A mark is displayed over the image of the person who is currently talking. Image Credit: LINE
A mark is displayed over the image of the person who is currently talking. Image Credit: LINE

“The new group call feature will totally change what you can do with your phone. Get together to gossip, discuss, report, brainstorm, fantasize, or just have fun.” says the company blog post.

Line of course is not the first instant messenger application to introduce the group voice calling feature. Last year, Hike brought group voice calling functionality that would allow up to 100 people to talk to each other in a group call, Gadgets 360 reports.