Viber provides a way to get around those pricey carrier bills for messaging, and it throws in free VoIP calls too. The app has been in need of an overhaul for a while, and now it's here. Viber has been updated to be snappier and includes a few new features.

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Performance seemed to be a common complaint about Viber previously, but the developer promises big improvements in this update. And there are new emoticons. Who doesn't like emoticons? Here's the changelog for the new version:

  • Send doodles or paint over a photo and share it with your friends!
  • Now you can know when your friends have seen your messages
  • Support for the Viber Desktop application on Windows and Mac
  • Fun new emoticons
  • Massive performance improvements
  • Bug fixes
  • Localized to: Croatian, Norwegian, Romanian, Slovak and Ukrainian

The addition of read receipts is definitely a big usability win. Data sync with the desktop client is cool too. Viber has crazy cross platform support – it even runs on Bada, if one of your friends uses those bizarre phones.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Fr

    Too late.

    • Mark Curtis

      Why too late? Did you decide to use something else?

      • me

        Too late for widespread adoption. If my friends don't use it what's the point?

        • Arkar Kyaw Win

          I don't know about which demographic primarily use this App but I started using it when most of my friends in Asia ask me to download it. Now, some of them are calling me at around 3:00 am just because they could call for free. Apart from that, I love the App.

  • valapsp


    For those who Play Store shows incompatibility with their device.

  • Thx84

    if this could take down Whatsapp...

  • Frekko

    whatsapp need to replace its last seen feature with this Msg read feature. Last seen can be sometimes deadly

  • IncCo

    Viber is great

  • Danny365

    >Now you can know when your friends have seen your messages.

    Am I the only one who HATES this feature?

    • andy_o

      Can be turned off. I was surprised by this ability to disable it, since its been a trend on other apps like FB and hangouts. But of course, fair is fair. If you turn it off you cannot see other people's status either, which I think is a good compromise.

  • Rb

    I still wonder how does Viber make money with a free app and no ads ...

  • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

    Hi guys,
    This is a member of the Viber Team. :)

    Thank you for reviewing our new update, we hope you enjoy it as much as we do! :D

    Please feel free to let us know your thoughts, questions and comments, we'd be happy to assist!

    Viber Team