The popular VoIP and messaging application Viber has received a nice update today, which brings group messaging among other new features, as well as a number of tweaks to the user interface.
Developed by Israeli company Viber Media, the app is a strong competitor to Skype or WhatsApp, and, with the new update, it will also encroach on the territory of established group messaging apps such as Beluga or CloudTalk.
Viber now has over 90 million users across all platforms (Android, iOS, Blackberry, and WP), who make over 1.5 billion of minutes of calls every month and send over 2 billion text messages. These are some impressive numbers for an app that was first released less than two years ago.
Today’s update was released simultaneously on Android, iOS, and Blackberry (beta), while the Windows Phone (beta) users will have to wait. The most important new features of the new Viber 2.2 are:
- Smart notifications – ensures that users are not flooded with alerts
- Group messaging
- Custom background images
- Messages can now include photos and locations
- Users can now share their contact details and photo
- Support for new languages: Arabic, Chinese (simplified and traditional), French, German, Hebrew, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish
Users trying to install the updated Viber app on devices running Jelly Bean (Nexus 7, Nexus S, and Galaxy Nexus) are reporting that the app is crashing at start up.
Head over to Google Play to give the new Viber a run, and let us know your impressions.
Viber Set for a Surge of Text Messages with the Release of Group Messaging in Viber 2.2
Leading Mobile Free VoIP and Messaging Provider Unveils Improved Interface and Call Quality, Support for Multiple Languages in Significant Upgrade
LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Viber, the leading mobile communications platform offering free HD-quality phone calls and text and photo messages, today announced the release of Viber 2.2. The new version brings multiple new features and improvements to Viber users including group messaging, improved call quality and multiple user interface enhancements. The new version is being released simultaneously on iPhone and Android and the beta version of Viber for BlackBerry has also been updated with the new text messaging features.
“This release of Viber represents a significant opportunity for us to expand the ways our users can communicate with each other”
This is a feature-packed release that brings many of the most requested features to Viber's growing community of users. Over 90 millionViber users are making over 1.5 billion minutes of calls every month and sending over two billion text messages.
Additionally, with the release of group messaging in Viber 2.2, the number of text messages sent through the free service is certain to increase rapidly. Viber has implemented several smart features into its messaging platform to ensure that the new group messaging experience is seamless, including:
- A patent-pending smart notifications feature that avoids overwhelming you with new message alerts
- A streamlined system for starting group messages
- Background images
- Messages can include text, photos, and locations
“This release of Viber represents a significant opportunity for us to expand the ways our users can communicate with each other,” said Talmon Marco, CEO of Viber. “Group messaging is an incredibly powerful feature because of how innately social it is – it really helps to bring people together and let them communicate. This is our goal, to empower conversations between people and to do it all for free.”
The new version also brings multiple enhancements and new features to the Viber interface including the ability for users to share their name and photo. This should prove to be very useful during group messaging sessions where other users may not have all of the group members in their contact list.
Viber 2.2 for Android includes support for 10 languages with additional languages coming very soon for all Viber-supported platforms. Supported languages include:
- Chinese (Simplified)
- Chinese (Traditional)
- Portuguese (Portugal)
About Viber Media:
Viber (www.viber.com) is developed by Viber Media, the pioneering mobile VoIP and messaging company. First released on December 2, 2010, Viber lets everyone in the world connect. Freely. Viber users can make free, HD-quality calls, and send text and photo messages, and share locations anywhere in the world, on iPhone®, Android,™ BlackBerry® and Windows Phone 7 devices over a 3G/4G or WiFi connection.