After WhatsApp changed the way people communicate and leverage group chats feature to stay in touch with family and friends, we thought not much innovations are left in the space. However, LINE, a leading life platform, has proved us wrong by announcing Popcorn Buzz, a free group call app that allows up to 200 participants to simultaneously talk to each other.
It is an Android app, which aims to replace the expensive costly conference call services. According to LINE, “Popcorn Buzz can be used to talk with friends and family, catch up with classmates, make plans with club members, and more. On top of that, Popcorn Buzz is a perfect replacement for existing paid business-grade conference call services. For users that need to talk to multiple people at once, Popcorn Buzz accommodates both personal and business usage, all for free.”
But before you start jumping with joy and start using it right away (of course, only after downloading it), let’s tell you that calls might be free from tariff, but you will have to still pay for mobile data that you’d use during the call.
To get started with Popcorn Buzz, all you need to do is choose a username and upload a profile picture. Once you create a unique URL for a group call, you can share the URL via email, SMS, or another communication method to start a group call.
LINE adds, “existing LINE users can log in to Popcorn Buzz with their LINE account to immediately synchronise their friends list data and get started making group calls with their LINE friends right away.”
This app is currently available on Android alone, but an upcoming iPhone release is on the cards with the implementation of additional features such as group video chat, inter-connectivity with LINE groups, and more in the future.