LINE has announced the official launch of “ycon,” an update to the LINE Selfie Sticker app released on June 11, 2014, now featuring better integration with the LINE app.Ycon allows users to insert selfies taken with their mobile phone’s camera or saved on the device into templates to create original LINE stickers featuring their own face. There are now over 1,000 different templates, with new ones being added weekly. Sticker templates can be customized by changing their size, brightness, or saturation, and even adding text.
Since its iPhone release in June 2014, user numbers have grown in LINE’s main markets and other countries amidst the global selfie phenomena, reaching 4.5 million downloads worldwide as of March 7. The app also topped the free apps ranking at App Stores in Indonesia, Thailand, and Turkmenistan, as well as the Entertainment category in 14 countries including Australia, Egypt, and Qatar, displaying its overwhelming popularity across regions.
In view of the app’s excellent performance, the company has officially launched the service globally with enhanced integration with the LINE app and a new name, “ycon.” The new version supports transparent backgrounds, making the stickers look and feel just like real LINE stickers, and enables the sending of stickers directly within LINE chats without having to start the ycon app, making the use of ycon stickers even more seamless and enjoyable.
“The Selfie Sticker Creation App “ycon” is the interesting way to use one’s self-portrait of the digital age. All one has to do is click a picture and convert it into a customised sticker. This gives a personalized feel to conversation and is a new benchmark by LINE in developing creative ways of communication. Selfies have become the best medium of self-expression and creating stickers using selfies will make conversations even more engaging,” said, Daman Soni, Spokesperson of LINE India.