Viber today announced a new update for its iOS and Android apps. Viber 5.5 brings in a bunch of new features, animated stickers, and a better video calling experience among others. Also Read - WhatsApp alternatives: 3 secure messaging apps you can tryAlso Read - COAI advocates 'level-playing field' regulations for WhatsApp, Skype, Viber like OTT players
Viber is improving the way users share stuff via messaging. One can now share contacts with their friends via messages. The recipient will not only see the number, but also name and photo, as well as an option to quickly save it to their contact list. Sharing links, on the other hand, will pop up a small bubble with a preview of the webpage. Also Read - TRAI asks if WhatsApp, Skype, Viber, and Hike should be regulated by the government
Viber says that nearly 250 million video calls are made via the app every month, and with the latest update it wants to make the experience much better. One can easily initiate a video call from the contacts list or the recent call menu. The company also says that it is improving the call quality, while reducing the amount of data it uses at the same time.
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With the latest update, Viber is also introducing animated stickers that will line up alongside the 500 stickers already available on the app. These new stickers include characters from Disney s new movie Inside Out, emoticons, and Viber s characters including Violet, Freddie, Eve, Legcat, and Rudy.
Lastly, the Viber update makes use of iOS Handoff feature, and by syncing the app across iPhone, iPad or Mac, you will be able to answer call or reply to messages on any one of these platforms. The app UI for Android tablets and Windows desktops too have been improved.
We ve been listening to feedback and it s clear that our users enjoy Viber for more than just text messaging, Ofir Eyal, Head of Product, Viber said. This update makes it easier for people to share richer content within their messages. With improvements to our voice call quality and our video calls interface, plus fun features like animated stickers, we are growing and maintaining a strong global user base by increasing engagement within the app.
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