The mobile messaging app war is on – Facebook buys WhatsApp

Facebook announces it buys Mobile Messaging App WhatsApp for $19 billion dollars. WhatsApp has close to 450 million users, and is increasing with an additional million users every day.

As I wrote the other week, LINE is steadily growing in Japan, and is also attracting users all over Asia, Europa and South America. Currently the mobile app has over 350 million users.

Last week, Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten acquired Cyprus messaging app Viber. The app claims to have over 300 million users worldwide. The Next Web talks about Rakuten’s strategy to focus on the growth of mobile messaging platforms – and to be able to achieve the same journey as Line. (more…)

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Visual communication in Japan – and the rise of LINE

Visual communication, stickers and emojis, are ever so important in Japan, and all over Asia. They are an essential form of communicating – fun, easy and fast. To succeed in the Japanese market, one needs to see to the way of communication here. And that is, basically, by going visual. A fantastic example of this is the exploding growth of mobile app LINE – “-Mobile messenger app with various stickers and free voice & video call”. (more…)

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