Popular instant messaging app Line has finally arrived on PC, but not in the way you might be expecting.
Line has proved massively popular in large parts of East Asia, particularly in its native Japan, and its influence is beginning to spread west.
However, Line has always been a mobile-only affair, with no PC client to speak of. Now, however, it's possible to keep in touch with your Line contacts through the Google Chrome web browser.
A fresh post on the official Line blog has revealed that you can now download a Line extension for Chrome.
As the blog post points out, this is particularly handy for situations where you might not be able to access a dedicated program, such as when logging in from a friend's PC or at work.
The beauty with Chrome extensions is that you only need to install them once. Whenever you log into Chrome on another device, Line will automatically be incorporated.
You will need to log in to Line on each new device, however, for security purposes. You'll also need the Line mobile app to hand for two-step authentication.
Besides the usual chat options that will be familiar to regular Line mobile users, this new Chrome extension adds the ability to take and send screenshots to your contacts. It's also possible to send larger files of up to 1GB through this means.
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You also get access to a new Memos feature, which lets you save and organise documents, pictures, and other files within the extension.
The Line extension is available to download now from the Chrome Web Store.