LINE Corporation has announced today that its free call and messaging app LINE will now incorporate the Hidden Chats feature for the Android and iPhone versions of the LINE app.The new feature lets users send messages with a time limit attached to them. This updated version with Hidden Chats feature will be supported by iPhone 4,4S, or 5 smartphones with iOS 5.0 or later, or smartphones with Android 2.3 or later. The Hidden Chats feature is not available in Japan or China and does not offer support for BlackBerry, Windows Phone, or Nokia devices.
According to Line, the Hidden Chats can be used in 1-to-1 chats between supported devices. A separate room exclusive to Hidden Chats is created and a filter attached to the messages makes it impossible to view the contents directly. Text, stickers, images, location info, and contact info can be sent, and viewing limits of 2 seconds, 5 seconds, 10 seconds, 1 minute, 1 hour, 1 day, or 1 week can be attached to the messages.
The receiver of the message can tap the protected content to view it, at the same time starting the countdown timer for the message. After the predetermined amount of time passes, the contents of the message will be automatically deleted, making them perfect for sending information to be shared temporarily with friends, family, or loved ones.