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

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

FEATURED VIDEO

11 Comments

1. SAYED-EJAZ

Posts: 225; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

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

6. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

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

8. Viber

Posts: 30; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

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

2. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

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

3. Magenta

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 09, 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.

9. Viber

Posts: 30; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

Thanks for your feedback! We appreciate it.

4. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Upstart app WeChat is still ahead of them.

5. surya91

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

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

7. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

tango is still better

10. londoner

Posts: 36; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

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

11. Viber

Posts: 30; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

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

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.