Viber updates iPhone, Android app with group messaging, improved UI and better HD call quality

Viber updates iPhone, Android app with group messaging, improved UI and better HD call quality
Viber is the a neat little VoIP program (like Skype) we’ve kept a close eye since its launch almost two years ago on the iPhone. Now, Viber is on both iOS and Android, and just got updated to version 2.2 adding the option for group messaging on the background of an improved user interface and improved HD quality for your free voice calls.

Viber differentiates by being tightly integrated into a platform, something that Skype can’t yet brag about. Also, the VoIP app is growing tremendously well and in just a couple of months added 20 million users to end up with a total of 90 million. Those users are now sending 2 million text messages each month. In May, Viber announced it had a 70 million registered users sending 1 million messages a month.

When it comes to the new features, the group messaging option works in both portrait and landscape mode, and will let you choose the background for your message if you don’t like the standard white.

A new smart notifications system will keep notifications under control. Viber is also now available in 9 additional languages for Android: Arabic, Chinese (simplified and traditional), French, German, Hebrew, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

The VoIP client is already on BlackBerry and Windows Phone, but the apps there are a bit limited when compared to iOS and Android.

source: TechCrunch

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18 Comments

1. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

And still no voice calling on Windows Phone. Shame on you viber. Is it that hard to write the code for it?

8. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Why would you write code for a platform that grew by 330,000 users? Bigger fish to fry in Android and iOS universes.

9. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

Why would someone come here and blow off steam?

2. nofear

Posts: 151; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

Android community, it character recognition is lacking a robust-plugin when a keyboard UI was not quite on par that Apple community app provides when enable different language was used. I can not view what my friend was sent to me, It's showing only line or square. Skype is lacking this support and not pushing its developer to reveal or use unicode correctly. I'd hope Viber app has that edge over Skype.

3. IamYourFather6657

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

*LIKE*

4. Yousiff

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 24, 2012

Viber is a neat app. Very simple yet helpful. Simply one of the best app ever made.

5. Viber

Posts: 30; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

Hi, This is a member of the Viber R&D Team! Thank you for your review of our new version. We are always delighted to hear about users' experiences. @valapsp - We are working had these days on implementing our calling services for Viber for Windows Phone. It is actually not such an easy task as it may seem, but we are doing everything in our power to bring it to our fans as soon as possible. Once we have news, we will officially announce it. @nofear - We are not entirely sure we understood the problem. Please try to elaborate. @Yousiff - Thanks for the kind compliments! Enjoy the new version ;) Please feel free to let us know your thoughts, questions and comments, we'd be happy to hear from you. Viber Team

6. skyline100

Posts: 17; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Glad to know that the Viber team is listening to the users. :) Thank you for the excellent free apps!

11. Viber

Posts: 30; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

It is our pleasure (and duty) to reach out to all our users and provide assistance :) Thank you for the kind compliments, and enjoy the app!

7. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

The best VOIP EVER!!!!

10. Yousiff

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 24, 2012

@Mr.Viber, Are you considering a video call feature in the future? Hmmm, it will be a cool alternative skype-like app.

12. Viber

Posts: 30; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

Yep. Video calling is something we are certainly considering to add in the future. We recommend you to follow us on our official Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest updates and news :)

13. bleissner92

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 25, 2012

I have had iPhones for years and am wanting to switch to an android phone because I'm looking for something more exciting. The only drawback to the phone I am looking at that the iPhone has as an advantage is group messaging. My whole family has iPhones and we communicate a lot through group messaging. My question is, is it possible to group message seamlessly between andriod phones and iPhone with the iPhone users messaging through the native app, not Viber?

14. Viber

Posts: 30; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

@bleissner92 - Hi, Just to clarify: you're asking if it is possible that Android users use the native app, AND iPhone users use the native app, or Android users use Viber and iPhone users use the native app?

15. bleissner92

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 25, 2012

The latter. Sorry for the poor wording. I will be using viber on an android phone and they will be using the native messaging app on the iPhone. Thanks!!

16. Viber

Posts: 30; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

Thank you for the clarification :) Unfortunately this option is not available. iPhone's native messaging app uses either the cellular messaging system or iMessage, while Viber on Android uses its own messaging system. However, iPhone users can simply install Viber and use it to send text messages to you for free ;)

17. mileniasm

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 19, 2012

@nofear I have the same problem! I've been searching for solution for weeks now, and all I get is one big fat zero... It seems to me that Viber has an emoticon compatibility problem... Somehow they have not managed to successfully implement the emoji codec (which is part of iPhone's OS) to talk to Android's OS, so when an iPhone user sends emoticons to an Android user via Viber, the Android user gets jumbled up characters, squares etc... I've installed Handcent SMS and plugin, all sorts of emoji codecs, but nothing works. I've been searching all over the net for a solution to this, but in the end, I just have to agree that WhatsApp is the better app for messages and that's it! They are also using emoji, but I can see the emoticons that my friend sends from his iPhone to my Android phone...

18. Viber

Posts: 30; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

Please note that when it comes to emoticons, Android is different from iPhones in that it has a built-in emoticons system. This is what most users do when they want to send emoticons. There are also some 3rd-party emoticon apps for Android, but these cannot be viewed/sent inside Viber text messages since the apps themselves don't support Viber's messaging textbox. The only possible solution for emoticons inside Viber is for us to develop a built-in emoticon feature inside Viber, and that is something we are considering doing, but we still don't know when that will happen. Meanwhile, the more users request it, the greater the chances that it becomes reality. Here is the link to our feature request form in our HelpDesk:http://helpme.viber.com/index.php/Knowledgebase/Article/View/43/9/have-an-idea-for-a-new-feature

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