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LINE vs. Viber Free App Download – Top Instant Messaging Apps Compared


Line and Viber are locking horns in the space of instant messaging and voice calling feature.

LINE was developed after Japan’s March 2011 earthquake. You know how tragic it was. The communication system was disrupted and cell phone service was unavailable. Viber was launched for iPhone in 2010, as a voice calling app. Both LINE and Viber are available for nearly all of the popular mobile platforms, including Android, iOS, Blackberry, Symbian and Windows Phone. Both the apps have completely changed the way people use instant messaging applications.

To help you decide which messenger app is best for you, here is what we have come up with.

While voice and video calling is the most important feature for most Viber users, LINE has been offering this service too. However, Viber has a strategic advantage with the millions of people it commands worldwide, which will definitely give the app a slight advantage over LINE. Viber users also seem to be well spread out than LINE users.

User Interface

Viber interface is intuitive, natural and clean. It has always prided itself for its efficient, simplistic and fast user interface. Moreover, Viber does not entertain ads or promotions from advertisers. Overall, the Viber’s interface is very simple and straightforward and the same goes to voice and video calling.

When it comes to the user interface, LINE seems to be having a lot of room for improvement. There are lots of issues that need to be ironed out – from bizarre location for options to random layers. We are sure LINE developers will fix these small issues in the near future.

Voice Quality

Both the apps offer excellent voice quality over a 3G or Wi-Fi connection. Viber has become a phenomenon by offering superb voice and video calling functions over the internet. Viber also offers extra features which give it an edge over other similar apps, such as Skype and WhatsApp. Viber users can send emoticons, doodles and stickers to their friends at no cost.

While LINE offers free video and voice calls as well, this is not the feature that makes it attractive to the users. Many users in the instant messaging world now prefer using stickers and emoticons. And this is one of the areas where LINE really stands out from the crowd. With a huge collection of stickers and other cool features, you can make your conversation more fun as well as more vivid.

Viber can be used to make calls to landline and mobile phone users, but this can be done at a small fee. This feature requires you to purchase credits from the Viber’s official site before you can use it. LINE allows users to make free calls to the other LINE users, but it does not have the feature for calling landlines or mobile telephones.

On paper, both applications are very closely tied. However, if all the factors mentioned above are to be taken into account, Viber is clearly the winner. Just like WhatsApp, Viber commands hundreds of millions of people spread all over the world. LINE is only popular in its home country of Japan – the world’s third largest economy. In all, LINE and Viber both give you great features.