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:
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.
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:
“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:
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.
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I rather like Viber. It’s not a CPU or battery hog like many alternatives (especially Skype), it doesn’t nag you for one reason or another, it doesn’t release interim updates every five minutes, it doesn’t run adverts, it was developed for mobile platforms and is not a badly downsized desktop computer application port and it is quite reliable and easy to use.
I’ve not checked this latest release yet but will do at some point later.
On the down side, it IS a pain to have one client for video calling, another client that does messaging and voip, one that works via wifi only, another that only works on one or two platforms.
Viber supports Android & iOS, not sure about BB yet, but then who cares lol.
My main beefs with it are lack of video calling support, and the inability to change the alert sounds, half the time I cannot hear them which makes Viber less viable. It’s a good product so hope that the ability to choose other, louder or better yet personal alert tones comes soon, and video calls in the not too distant future. Good luck Viber team, hope you can make this product the winner.
Try Tango Video Calls
Supports video calling, messaging, voip, works 3G and wifi and cross platform and not a CPU or battery hog.
Yes, but no one uses Tango..
not much people use viber either
Well I guess it depends on your circle. Where I live, for example, almost everyone who has a smartphone has Viber installed. Half the contacts in my phone have Viber and we use it quite regularly, especially because here the SMS and voice call rates are very high.
Anyways, this thread is now moot as Viber has been updated yesterday for JellyBean! :D
hello , i have galaxy nexus and i have jelly bean 4.1.1 . viber dont work its crashed when i try to open it .. even for the new update of viber the 2.2 still the same probléme
hello , i have galaxy nexus s and i have jelly bean 4.1.1 . viber application is not running on my handset its crashing down though I have upgraded to the latest Version 2.2. Plz help me solving this problem.
I also experience viber crashing since my android update. I have not been able to use viber for days now.
Does anybody know when the viber fix for prople running jelly bean 4.1.1 on Nexus S?
This is a member of the Viber R&D Team!
Thank you for the review on Viber!
We are aware of the issues with Nexus devices using Android JellyBean. At the moment, this is our top priority, Our Android development team is working hard on this issue and we hope it resolved for you shortly, We thank you for your patience.
If you have any question about Viber – please feel free to ask.
Thank you very much Sir, looking forward to a solutio soon.
Our new version (Viber 2.2.1) is available now, and should fully support Jelly Bean. We would love to receive your feedback and thoughts after installing and testing it :)
Does it work on nexus 7?
does not work on android at all
fix needed urgently
will now use skype instead
Hi Viber Team,
how long we still have to wait for Viber to be supported in Android version 4.1.1.
Looking forward to your reply
Crashing on my Nexus S using 4.1.1
same problem Crashing on my Nexus S using 4.1.1
Please i have the same problem with my mobile 4.1.1 please help mee viber team
hey there ! ! i have samsung galaxy tablet 7.0 n i wanted to know why cant i delete individual messages in the latest version 2.2 ? on the main messages screen ? i have to delete the whole message history to get rid of just one message ? is it how it is or am i wrong ! pleeeeeez help viber team !
my friend viber started to crash after the update on her galaxy note. she tried re installing but instead it
instead it crash again and cant open it anyways. a response saying that viber team engr is doing its best for it so in other words does she need to wait for it?
Viber has now been updated to include JellyBean support! Kindly update your article to reflect the same, cheers. :)
As per the information mentioned your team is working hard to fix the viber issue.Please sir we are waiting to activate viber ,which crashed after installing jellybean.
Viber is now compatible with Jelly Bean.
Please download and install our latest update, Viber 2.2.1 from Play Store, or from the direct link in our HelpDesk at: http://bit.ly/rqbZEw
Its working on Nexus JellyBean now all you have to do is download the file from the link.
The new version compatible with Jelly Bean can simply be downloaded from Play Store..
Hello Viber Team, how long to wait the updated version/full version on the Windows Phone? Thank you
We are working hard on completing the full version of Viber for WP these days, but unfortunately we still don’t have a specific release date.
Once we have news, we will announce it officially through our Facebook page :)
Sorry but since one week my Viber crashes every 5 minutes, I have the version 22.214.171.124 on Samsung Galaxy S3 with ICS 4.0.4 here in Switzerland … I tried uninstall reinstall no changes … this sucks
Have you tried uninstalling and reinstalling Viber?
If this doesn’t work, then we kindly ask you to try out our next upcoming update. We are currently looking into the crash problems, and we hope to resolve it ASAP.
Hi just want to ask how come thr viber 2.2 always crashing in my andriod ICS htc one v cell.and how to delete an entire conversation.i couldnt find it.
The crash problems are known to us, and we’re working to fix it. We hope to release a fix version soon.
Entire text conversations can be deleted from within a specific conversation page, in that specific page’s settings.
Hey, I tried it but I don’t see any delete option where you told… same phone, same problem.
I’m having problems with my the app… I do not receive my messages on the blackberry until I turn on the app. Even if the app is running in the background, I receive my messages as soon as I open the application.
We apologize for the late response.
Does this problem still exist?
Hello i have a asus tf 300t with android 4.1.1 and i can`t use viber. Can you help me please
Zeljko Simic : ZTE BLADE G Problem
Zte Blade G has problem with viber. Actually Everything works except microphone. ZTE BLADE G has Jelly Bean OS and there is some problem with mic on viber. You can listen others but they can’t listen to you. On ZTE Blade III Ice cream sandwich OS everything works fine.
We would appreciate if you could take a minute and report the details to our support team using this direct link: http://bit.ly/ukGVJ0 (when you submit the ticket, please make sure to add the URL of our conversation). With this information, our development team will hopefully be able to find the source of the problem, and ultimately resolve it.
Thanks in advance :)