Viber is all set to give Skype a head to head competition as the messaging service has today launched a desktop version of its application and updated its app for iOS and Android to version 3.0, both of which will feature voice calling over internet capabilities. In the series of announcements, the company has also stated that it is accessed by 200 million users acrossplatforms which include Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry. Also Read - Amazon building an app which turns hosts into DJs: Report
The new desktop version will enable users on Windows and Mac to access the application on their desktops, and use the app to make free calls to other Viber users. An interesting part is that the app syncs contacts, messages and call-history with mobile device and integrates it with the desktop version, which makes accessing information easily. In fact, it also support transferring of ongoing calls between devices. One can access the desktop version by using existing phone number as an ID to initiate the process. Apart from this, one can use all the other functions like free texts, photo messages, group conversations with the desktop client. Also Read - Twitter hits 211 mn daily users, defies Apple privacy changes
The Viber 3.0 update for its Android and iOS apps now feature VoIP over 3G and Wi-Fi networks, video message service, new stickers, improved photo experience as well as other performances. The company has also released some security fixes for the Android app. This apart, the service has added support for eight new languages, including Dutch, Korean, Swedish, and Turkish. The company has also released a new BlackBerry version of app.
With such a set of updates, Viber is strengthening its hold on users and is giving a tough competition to other third party internet messaging apps, and free voice-calls based apps as well.