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Viber takes a page from the competition with a big new update

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Viber takes a page from the competition with a big new update
Messaging juggernaut app Viber has gone through an update, the scale of which is formidable. In a non-too surprising move, Viber has moved to implement features that were sorely lacking for at least a bunch of people – like voice messaging, a feature many have come to expect from rival WhatsApp. Called Hold & Talk, we found that Viber's execution of the new functionality isn't top notch just yet, though it does work nevertheless.

But the creators of the app didn't stop there, and are taking a page off Skype's recipe, too, by introducing 'Viber Out', which allows you to call each and every person on your contacts list, granted that you pay up and buy some credit. Much like Skype does. Additional changes include more stickers – a business that Viber has been under-appreciating, as Japanese challenger LINE has consistently shown (it now earns nearly $100M a quarter, a part of which through sticker sales).

Viber is now touting tablet support, as well. There's really nothing of note about the tablet version – it's just the same old design, blown up to bigger proportions. The rest of the new additions include some minor changes, like a different notification icon/color (it used to be purple-ish, like the logo) and select fixes and improvements that the creators aren't sharing.

Unfortunately, the update hasn't come to the desktop version of the app, which is now seriously lagging behind, and we mean that quite literally, too.

source: Play Store

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posted on 13 Nov 2013, 02:12 5

1. SAYED-EJAZ (Posts: 220; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


This is superb update .
Only thing left for them is adding video call option too.

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 07:44 2

6. hunted (Posts: 312; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


video call option is available in desktop version(in beta)

posted on 14 Nov 2013, 10:41

8. Viber (Posts: 30; Member since: 21 Jul 2011)


Thanks for your feedback, we'll look into it.
As @hunted said, Video calls are available on the desktop version at this point.

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 03:03 4

2. mr.techdude (Posts: 541; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Yeh I use whatsapp which is the best mssging app by far then its competion.

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 03:15 1

3. Magenta (Posts: 14; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


I've used Viber for more than a year everyday now before when I owned an iPhone 4S and till the switch to Android. Very pleased. They kept up with the modern layout and it also responds quicker compare to a year ago. Viber has potential. Just give it time although it isn't as popular as WhatsApp. Now I alternate between Viber and Hangouts but I use both daily.

posted on 14 Nov 2013, 10:43 1

9. Viber (Posts: 30; Member since: 21 Jul 2011)


Thanks for your feedback! We appreciate it.

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 04:57 1

4. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 801; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Upstart app WeChat is still ahead of them.

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 05:52

5. surya91 (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


cover have to be fast
in which low speed network can be manageable

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 10:02

7. antmiu2 (Posts: 194; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)


tango is still better

posted on 14 Nov 2013, 20:31

10. londoner (Posts: 33; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)


So that menas i can have a viber subcription like skype?

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 02:49

11. Viber (Posts: 30; Member since: 21 Jul 2011)


Yep.

You can purchase credit for ViberOut.
Details and rates can be found here: account.viber.com

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