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LINE has added a most new feature that’s incredibly useful, especially for anyone who does much traveling – it’s Optical Character Recognition (OCR), letting you scan signs and other texts from within a LINE chat, and then translate it or share the text with others.  

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Since the OCR feature allows you to easily translate any recognized text, it can be quite handy in a wide range of situations, especially when traveling overseas, letting you understand the text on a billboard or sign, or the items on a restaurant menu. 



iOS/Android
In order to convert an image in a LINE chat room, tap image that contains the text and then press the OCR icon on the top right of the screen. 
 
To convert the text in an image saved on your smartphone, tap the image icon, select an image and tap the OCR icon on the top right of the screen. 
 

If you see a text in the real world that you would like to capture and convert, turn on the camera from within the LINE app and select “OCR” to take a picture.
  


On a PC
Right-click on the image shared in a LINE chat room, and select “convert to text.” 
 
Select a language on the top right of the screen to translate the text to the target language. Click the button at the bottom of the screen to copy or send the translated text. 

 

Compatible languages
Languages that can be recognized by OCR: 
Japanese, English, Chinese (traditional), Chinese (simplified), Thai, Indonesian and Korean. 

Languages that can be translated: 
Japanese (JA), Chinese (Traditional) (TW), Chinese (Simplified) (ZH). Thai (TH), Indonesian (ID), Korean (KO), Spanish (ES), Portuguese (PT), German (DE), Russian (RU), Malay (MY), Vietnamese (VI), Arabic (AR), Farsi (FA), and Hindi (IH).

This feature can be used with LINE 9.6.0 and later. 

Keep is one of the latest features to join the LINE app, making an appearance in version 5.3.0. 

In addition to numerous comments from users saying how they've been permanently saving their favorite chats and messages or bookmarking articles to read later, we’ve also heard from some of you that are unsure about how to use this new feature or what exactly makes it so useful.

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That’s why we’ve gathered some of the most frequently asked questions regarding Keep here in one place for your convenience!

If your question is not listed below, please check out the LINE help page for more information.

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LINE Maps for Indoor has been released, bringing a specialized map app for shopping malls, department stores, and other indoor facilities.

Designate the shops or restaurants you want to go within the facility you're in and the app will show you the quickest route from your location, as well as provide you with shop information that you can share on a variety of social networking services.

The app is available in five languages, including Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), English, Japanese and Korean, ensuring that tourists visiting Japan can also use the app.
LINE Maps for Indoor will be released first on Android.
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Recommend for Use When
- You want to find the shortest route to a specific shop in a large and complicated shopping center.
- You want to tell your friends where you are so you can meet with them without any hassle.
- You want to find restrooms in department stores that have nursery rooms or powder rooms.
- You want to recommend friends visiting from other countries shops in their native language.


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LINE Toss, the image and video manager app, has been released. The app lets you view the photos and videos you have saved in your smartphone by chronological order or location information, and lets you easily share all these photos and videos with LINE friends too.
The app is currently only available on Android devices, but an iOS version for iPhone users is planned for release in the future.

LINE Toss: http://toss.line.me/

We recommend the app for the following cases:
-For when you want to easily share all the many photos you took when traveling with friends.
-When you want to make an album of photo memories from a family outing.
-When you want to share photos of your favorite restaurants and the food served all at once.
-When you want to find a specific photo out of a huge archive.
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We are proud to introduce LINE Free Coins, a brand new service that enables you to get free LINE Coins for installing apps recommended by LINE.

All you have to do is install and launch the apps listed on the LINE Free Coins page, and you will receive free LINE Coins that can be used to purchase paid-for stickers on LINE!

At the moment, three LINE-integrated apps, namely LINE Bubble!, LINE Dragon Flight and LINE I Love Coffee, are available through LINE Free Coins. More third-party apps selected and reviewed by the LINE team will be available in the future.
 
Also, please note that the service is currently only available for users registered in Japan, Thailand and Taiwan.

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Exciting news for all you Nokia fans! 
We have teamed up with Nokia to make LINE available on Nokia’s reasonably priced “Asha” devices soon in China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thai, Vietnam, the Philippines, Cambodia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia.

The release is scheduled for March and this version of LINE will include the popular 1 to 1 chat feature as well as 4 types of sticker sets (Moon, Cony, brown and James).

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We will make another announcement when the service is officially released!

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We are very excited to announce the release of the English version of LINE’s official avatar community service, “LINE Play” today!

LINE Play allows you to design your own avatar character and explore the LINE Play world. You can visit other avatars’ rooms and chat together with users from all over the globe. 
Anyone who is a LINE user can create their very own avatar and start enjoying the game instantly. 

Download links are as follows:
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Let’s create an avatar!
LINE Play allows you to create your own original avatar which you can then use as an alter-ego in the LINE Play world. Express your creativity by choosing from a wide range of eye shapes, skin colors, hair styles and facial shapes too. You can even style them up the way you want with many genres of fashion for you to use as you wish! 
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Decorate your room!
Enter your room on LINE Play (“My Room”) and do some interior design by buying new furniture! That’s not all! You can even buy food, wallpaper, window frames and plants to add to the styling. These can all be purchased from the Shop using “Gems” – LINE Play's virtual currency, which you can get by doing various tasks within the game. Simply tap the balloon above your avatars head (or your friend’s), which illustrates how your avatar is feeling to get these Gems. You can also give your friends “Hearts” once a day, as well as eating and cleaning to get more Gems. You can check how rich you are in the game at any time by checking the top-right of the screen.
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Connect with your LINE friends!
You can check your list of friends by tapping “Friends”. At “Friends Requests”, your LINE friends who are already on LINE Play will be shown under “Friend Recommendations”. You can also configure your settings to prevent you from being displayed in the search results if you wish to do so. 

Need inspiration to decorate your room? Well, there is also a Random Visit feature where you can visit random rooms of other avatars, even if you are not friends with them! Of course if you do not wish to be visited by random users, you can configure this in the settings menu also.
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Chat with friends!
Yes! LINE Play lets you chat with friends too. You can chat in similar ways as you would with LINE but there is also a new feature called Action Stickers which you can use to make your avatar do funny things – like making it rain in the chat-room etc. Try it now! 
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Chat about the things that interest you!
The Lounge is a place that brings all the LINE Play avatars together to chat about anything and everything. Simply choose a lounge that suits you and chat about the topics you want with other users. There are various categories for you to choose from such as TV, sports, music and much more. You’re guaranteed to find one which is perfect for you!
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It’s Diary time!
Write your everyday thoughts and feeling as well as posting pictures. Other users can leave comments and communicate with you using LINE’s famous stickers! 
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We hope you enjoy this new, alternate smartphone world - Play together with your LINE friends and keep your friends even closer!