07
May
viber

It's a pretty big day for Viber, the popular VoIP application that brings "free messages and calls" to your mobile. Seems that the guys behind the app (appropriately named Viber Media) have been hard at work preparing not only major updates to the Android and iOS applications, but also on an all-new desktop client for Windows and Mac.

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The update to the Android version of the app brings many new features, including a new Holo'd-out look. Aside from that, you can now send video messages, a new voice engine improves the audio quality, there's an online status indicator, and you can transfer active calls seamlessly between the mobile app and the just-released desktop client.

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Like the mobile app, the desktop version of Viber is also available free of charge. Head here to grab that download, or hit the widget below to check out the mobile app.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Sven L.

    Wow, I use Viber to call my sister all the time. A windows application is really awesome for that.

    • KraYzeE

      Me too, she says hi btw

      • BJ

        she cant talk right now if you know what I mean.

  • http://twitter.com/SourabhSekhar12 Sourabh Sekhar

    RIP skype

  • Scott

    I'll give it a go.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rmkattan Rami Kattan

    Just a question: How does Viber earn money?
    The app is free, service is free, no in-app purchase for stuff, no ads, nothing.......

    why do they offer a free services for 200 million users around the world? spy on them? sell their data to 3rd parties?

    • silaslenz

      "Voice and messaging app Viber is set to use value added services in order to monetise its offerings, with its core services remaining free," said Talmon Marco, the company’s CEO - http://www.mobileworldlive.com/viber-looking-to-vas-for-monetisation

    • http://www.facebook.com/rmkattan Rami Kattan

      I found a preoccupying article on a blog, and some of the info turn to be true, is the rest true ???

      Read for yourself: http://viberphoneapp.wordpress.com/

      • jonathan3579

        Here's the issue with your link... While the facts it states may or may not be true, if they can't make an effort for proper spelling and punctuation, then I can't even try to take what is being said seriously.

      • andy_o

        The thing is that it's easy to invent conspiracies (israeli SPIES!!!). For example, that blog. Why does it only have two posts, one of which is a conspiracy theory with picked-and-chosen factoids, and the other with an "alternative" to Viber?

    • EMullins

      The guy behind this is a pretty shady character from Israel who before Viber, released programs like iMesh and Bandoo, which were found to have been installing spyware on people's PCs.

      I personally wouldn't install this app.

    • nejai

      been asking the same question... Viber is way too good, how it survives? kinda suspicious .... what about a extreme apk ripout and data monitoring Android POLICE? :)

      • wordmoss

        The same could be said for WhatsApp. $1 for a lifetime service, way to good to be true, what info are they stealing and selling?

        • http://www.facebook.com/rmkattan Rami Kattan

          on iOS it is $1 / lifetime, but they are going to change it to a yearly subscription, like android $1/year, low but at least few millions / year.

        • nejai

          but voip needs a lot more than chat app. Don´t take me wrong I´m not attacking Viber, just raising a concern, if this turn out to be a silly conspiracy theory I´ll be very happy because I would like to use Viber

      • G

        Yeah think this needs to be done. What I'm looking for is an app that uses full 2 way encryption. That way we won't have to worry about our calls or messages being looked at by prying eyes or ears. I hope google comes up with something like this when babel is introduced.

    • gargamel

      simple- when they have enough users, they will add premium services, just like skype. And offering free service is not that uncommon. again, look at skype to skype calls and messages (just like viber to viber...), or whatsapp that has been free on android forever (hearing that they will start charging soon...)

      • jonathan3579

        Yes but the difference as far as WhatsApp is concerned is their app is free (and membership are free for a year) on Android whereas you pay for the app on iOS but the membership there is lifetime. (It's going to be paid for annually on both eventually.)

    • Paul

      I agree. The world makes more sense when looking at it from a business/financial perspective. If something's free, what's the catch? Most of the time I'm willing to accept the catch, like advertising, but if it's free and no catch can be seen and it's got lots of great features, it makes me cautious... VIber Media is a company, a business, they have to pay the bills somehow...

    • tylerbrainerd

      The same developer has snuck in spyware before, so...

    • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

      Currently, Viber's focus is on adding new features and integrating with more platforms, as well as improving overall system performance. At the same time, we are working on additional premium services that will generate revenue once they become available. The basic Viber service - Viber-to-Viber phone calls and text messages - will always remain free.

      • Mike Newman

        No idea why people are so suspicious. This is very common in startups. Give your product away while you build a loyal userbase.

    • Cod3rror

      Who cares? It's free, it's awesome!

  • http://www.facebook.com/abhikurve Abhi Kurve

    downloaded it just for the user interface ...so beautiful!

    Y U NO learn SAMSUNG? :

  • Nathaniel_Graham

    How does this compare to GrooVe IP?

    • andy_o

      Groove IP works with Google Voice and Talk/Chat, this is more akin to Whatsapp, Tango, Line, Kakao, etc, which only need your phone number to get you going, no accounts. I think it's one of the better ones. Tango is a mess, and Whatsapp doesn't do voice calls. Line and Kakao are virtually identical apps with different colors, and on Android they waste battery cause they're bloated (though probably a negligible amount).

  • IncCo

    Awesome!

  • akshay7394

    Has anybody been able to get it working on a custom rom like CM? I know it's a driver issue of some sort but has anybody come across a workaround of any kind?

    • attila_hargitai

      I thought they've fixed that issue a long time ago. I've had the same problem with my Galaxy S (i9000) back in 2011 but after an update it was fine. Works just fine now on my GNex with Paranoid Android.

      • akshay7394

        Nope :( I'm using CM10.1 and, no dice.

        • andy_o

          what phone? N4 and cm10.1 here and no problem running it.

          • akshay7394

            Mine's an Xperia Live, Sony hadn't released their drivers :/ that's probably why it doesn't work, and why I asked if there's a workaround :/

          • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

            Please note that Viber does not officially support your device yet, and that may be the reason for the problems you are experiencing. Here is the full list of officially supported devices: http://bit.ly/Hm5k9p
            We are continuously working to adapt Viber to more and more devices, and we hope to make your device fully compatible soon. When we have news, we'll let you know.

  • http://twitter.com/Rodrigost23 Rodrigo Tavares

    FINALLY! I didn't use it before because its design was totally iOS.

  • Steve Green

    Terrible name for an application.
    I can just imagine the laughs if you tell anyone you are using your viber.

  • fabitrader

    How come it doesn´t work on my desktop, I keep getting the message please install Viber on your mobile which I already did.

    • andy_o

      Working fine here. It should ask you for the phone number of the phone in which Viber is installed and that's it. After you enter the code it sends you to your phone's Viber you're good to go.

      • fabitrader

        I typed my phone number and still doesn´t work, keeps taking me to download the app, thanks for the answer though.

        • Yaffle

          I had that problem. It auto fills the country code in so if you drop that it works

          • fabitrader

            And todays big star goes to Yaffle it works now, thank you!

    • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

      Please check:
      http://bit.ly/18t5EPt for detailed instructions. :)

  • Paul

    How does this compete/compare with Skype? Skype has clients all around the platforms and works for video/audio calls between Skype members. Is the voice or video quality better than Skype?

  • Luca Comellini

    Where is the online status indicator?

    • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

      You can see the indicator when you're in a conversation near to the contact's name. :)

      • Luca Comellini

        It seems to appear randomly

        • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

          There might be some server glitches at the moment.
          We're working hard to fix it, and we kindly ask that you check it again in 24 hours, and see if it stabilizes.

          Thanks :)

          • Thai

            People always complain that I'm not responding to them and that I'm online when I'm actually not on Viber. Why do I always show online to them?

          • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

            "Online" means that Viber is running in the foreground or background (the user is available for calls or messages).
            When the phone has no internet connection, or the user manually used the "Exit" option inside Viber, then their status will change to "Last seen..."

          • smita

            how come viber status shows allthe time online on my frends mobile galaxy mega phone

  • primalxconvoy

    Viber? Wasn't that the one that kept sending me spam from either the app or from random users with no way to avoid it?

    • http://dennisbareis.com/ Dennis Bareis

      No, at least not when i last tried it. It gives you no indication whether someone is still available or even if they are still using viber. This is why I stopped using it.

      • andy_o

        they just added that feature actually. Works pretty much the same as Whatsapp.

  • Edlak

    That's not holo, that's metro.

  • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

    Hi,

    This is an official representative from Viber.

    We are thrilled about our new releases, and we hope that our users and fans out there will make the most out of them.

    As usual, we're here to address our users' questions and doubts directly. If you need assistance, please don't hesitate to let us know :)

    Best regards,

    the Viber Team.

  • Cod3rror

    I love Viber. And if they're Israeli spies or whatever, so be it. At least they listen to their
    customers and their suggestions. Unlike companies like Skype and
    Microsoft.

    The way Viber works is so much more convenient than Skype. Skype's
    way of working is outdated... having to be online, it's just outdated
    and inconvenient compared to Viber. With Viber, I can just send somebody
    a text message and not worry about them being online or not, when they
    go online, they'll get the message. With Skype both parties have to be
    online for messages to be delivered, how outdated is that?

    If they figure out to tie logins on the desktop to emails to make the
    app not dependant on the phone counterpart, Viber will destroy Skype
    IMO.

    • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

      Thanks for the kind compliments - we're thrilled to hear that you're enjoying our service.

      Improvements in Desktop are sure to come. We've only just released the very first version, and we're already working hard to enhance our Desktop experience.

  • Viberrr

    So if the person is online they have the viber app open? or is it that they are just on their phone?

    • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

      "Online" means that the Viber app itself is open, yes (showing on the phone's screen).

      • Chris

        If viber make more status. It would be good for example my contacts r online on viber show online if not show busy or away status it would be great :) btw luv viber.

        • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

          Hi Chris,

          "Online" means that the contact has Viber opened at this moment. If you see "Last seen" (and the date and time), it means that Viber is not opened at the moment, and it shows you the time when it was last used.

          So as you can see, your suggestion is actually already implemented in Viber ;)

  • grace

    hi i would like to know why the status shows online a moment ago up unitl 6-8 mins even if the user is online. Does it mean that the Viber user is calling someone ot sending text messages.

    • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

      "Online" means that Viber is running in the foreground or background (the user is available for calls or messages).
      When the phone has no internet connection, or the user manually used the "Exit" option inside Viber, then their status will change to "Last seen..."