LINE Thailand has announced plans to create a new research and development unit in Thailand, to recruit Thai developers and create new services and apps that answer Thai users’ needs.
"A Development Team will be set up in Thailand, with the ambition of developing the next new services of LINE by a Thai team, for the 33 million LINE users. We are looking for energetic, and crazy talented developers, who want to make an impact, and create useful services in Thai people's daily lives," said Ariya Banomyong, managing director of LINE Thailand.
In a statement, the company said that it was encouraged by the Thai government's greater focus on the IT industry.
LINE Thailand currently has five core business units - games, content, business solutions, e-commerce, and payment. All the existing apps and services have been built by developers in other countries and then adapted or adjusted for the Thai market. Some apps like LINE TV and LINE Music were created based in part on ideas from Thailand, but development was always ultimately directed by other LINE offices.
To create new services and apps by Thai people for Thai people, the company is recruiting a number of new team players. Potential positions include development team lead, software engineer, iOS or Android engineer, application analyst, and mobile or application developer.