Viber goes flat on iOS thanks to a massive revamp of its design, receives new features, too

Viber goes flat on iOS thanks to a massive revamp of its design, receives new features, too
Good news for all Viber fans, or at least the ones, who are loyal to Apple! An update for the iOS variation of Viber is rolling out today and it finally brings a cosmetic revamp to one of the most popular messengers out there, which got acquired by Rakuten, a Japanese e-commerce conglomerate, for some $900 million two months ago. Version 4.2 of the app comes with an overhauled design that finally blends with the refreshed looks of iOS 7, which got released back in September 2013. Up until now, the app kept its old-school design, which was everything but minimalistic and flat.


But this ornamental refashion is definitely not the most prominent change that the latest update for Viber has in tow for its users. Several new and rather handy features have also made their way to the iOS version of the messenger.

If you often use Viber to send images or videos to your contacts, you'll be more than delighted to know that thanks to the latest update, you can send these in bulk simultaneously. That's right, this makes sending the numerous photos and large videos from your last birthday via Viber a little easier, doesn't it? Speaking of videos, you are now also able to send longer video messages, too. The limit of those was 10MB up until now, but it's unclear what the current restriction is after the update. Still, it's a nice improvement for those Viber users, who simply can't convey themselves via a simple text messages or a sticker emoji.

Last, but certainly not least, comes the newly-implemented block list feature – as its name suggests, it allows you to block any Viber number or contact. This feature has been on the Android version of the messenger for some time now, but iOS users are only now getting to prevent their exes from contacting them ever again.

All in all, Viber for iOS now comes with some welcome improvements. Way to go, but the messenger needs to up its game even further if it wants to stand up to WhatsApp – Viber's undoubtedly most prominent rival recently reported that it now has a little over 500 million monthly active users. As a side comparison, Viber's services are being used by roughly 100 million users. That's a rather formidable gap, isn't it?

Version 4.2 of Viber for iOS started its rollout only today, so be advised that it may not land on your device right away.

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via: Engadget

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16 Comments

1. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Still I don't get it why Viber is less popular than Whatsapp. It looks better, more functionality and more important, a pc client as well.

2. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Its the reason why iPhones are more popular that android phones by the public (not us phone enthusiasts), it gives you the basics of an IM and doesn't overwhelm you (I'm not saying viber overwhelms me but I can't speak for many others)

4. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

In my country, the iPhone isn't more popular than Android phones by the public, but I get the general idea. I recently deleted whatsapp and told my friends to switch to either Viber or plain old texting. And they love it (Viber that is). Especially the stickers are very funny Only downside? Number of users...

6. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Try telegram...it's as simple as watsapp...and has more functionality...you can share any given file....and you can even delete the message you sent on other end...

7. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I'm using that one too, but I like Viber more. Only thing I do like with Telegram is secret chat.

3. Sauce unregistered

Exactly. I've used Whatsapp for so long and recently started using Viber..It's so much better imo…

5. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Viber was my messaging app once...but I have to say it...watsapp is more simple... Second reason is more people are in watsapp...

15. andyqkw

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 23, 2014

WhatsApp server is also much more stable as compared to Viber. As of late, Viber have been suffering service outrage quite frequently.

10. maherk

Posts: 6718; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I use viber to call my parents who live overseas, but when it come to messaging, whatsapp is much better and much simpler than viber.

13. MobileGuru

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 18, 2014

Simplicity.

8. Ahmadovich

Posts: 43; Member since: Mar 16, 2014

I'll buy a KitKat to the first person who says that icon shapes (from contacts and call screen) looks like the ones from Nokia Anna.

9. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

They do look like Nokia Anna/Belle.

11. maherk

Posts: 6718; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

they do look like the icons on Nokia Anna. Now where is my KitKat?

12. Sauce unregistered

C'mon..give him a break…

14. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Metro UI, they are all mimicking Windows Phone.

16. express77 unregistered

I use both. Both are great for me. Viber for calling and whatsapp for chat. But viber needs more simplicity.

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