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Viber catches up to WhatsApp with quick replies, conversation status, and groups in common

When it comes to messaging apps, companies are fighting to increase their market shares with features such as screen sharing, context-aware recommendations, and even fact-checking services. Viber has been busy improving its offering with the recent addition of a dark mode and the ability to edit sent messages. However, some elementary features were missing compared to its most famous rival, like quick replies and clearer conversation status visibility. These are finally making their way to the app with the rollout of minor improvements that make the software just a little more convenient to use.

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Viber lets you get a US, UK, or Canadian number for people to call and text you

Thanks to messaging platforms like Viber, calling and texting across the world is a breeze and doesn't cost a dime. However, there are circumstances when people need to call or text you with an actual phone without relying on an Internet connection. For instance, if you live abroad, it would be easier for your grandma to give you a ring with her old-fashioned landline. A local number can also be handy to confirm a booking, or even let your foreign clients dial you in more easily. For all these occasions, you previously had to go through the hassle of using an app to get a virtual line or buy a local number.

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Viber gets dark mode in the latest update

Things were simpler back in the days of SMS, but now you have to choose which silo you're going to lock yourself inside. The messaging world has been consumed by the likes of Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, but there are also smaller players like Viber. Fans of that app will be happy to hear there's a dark mode in the latest update, and you don't even have to send a moon emoji to anyone.

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Viber 10 introduces hidden numbers in Communities, group calls, and a redesigned UI

Viber just announced the launch of the latest revision to its mobile messaging app, bringing a new UI and some new group features. The company also claims that the redesign offers users double the performance when sending messages.

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Viber now allows users to edit sent messages

Making a typo you can't correct is one of the more frustrating parts of text communication. Viber seems to agree, because now you're able to edit messages you've sent through the service. Like in other apps that offer similar functions, edited messages will be marked as such to limit any possible confusion.

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Viber announces in-chat Leaderboards to celebrate World Cup

Viber is getting into the World Cup spirit. The popular instant messaging platform has announced a feature that will allow users to make predictions about the outcomes of World Cup matches, along with a specially-made soccer-themed sticker pack and prizes for accurate predictions.

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Viber adds pinned messages and replies in groups, plus broadcast messages

Viber is still playing catch-up with more popular messaging apps and every couple of weeks it adds several features that have been available on other messengers for a while. That's still a good thing though, in my opinion, since users who prefer Viber have the same handy and interesting options than those who are on Telegram or WhatsApp.

In the latest update to Viber 7.7.0, the app added a couple of useful new options for groups. Admins can now pin messages to the top, allowing users a quick way to see important messages. Pinned messages show up in a banner at the top of the conversation and can only be removed or replaced by admins.

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Viber has made it possible to change your number without losing data [APK Download]

Until recently, changing the number associated with your Viber account would mean losing your chat history. That would be very frustrating for heavy users with lots of conversations. Since the v.7.3 update, released earlier this month, it's been possible to back up up your data and take it with you when changing numbers.

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Viber adds inline YouTube playback and last seen timestamps to statuses

Everyone is getting inspired from everyone these days, so it's no surprise to see Viber add features that have been in WhatsApp and/or Telegram for a while. Today's update to version 6.8.2 of the app brings inline YouTube playback and last seen timestamps on statuses.

YouTube links will automatically expand in the conversation to show a preview thumbnail and their title. Tap on them and a pop-up appears and starts playing the video. You can expand to full screen, close it, move it around, and pause playback. As for the last seen timestamp, it displays in the same exact place as WhatsApp and tells you when your contact was last using Viber.

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Viber adds an auto-destruct timer for photos and videos

Self-destructing secret messages are super hip nowadays. Snapchat made it trendy and now every messaging app and social network is trying to follow suit: Allo has private conversations, Instagram creates ephemeral stories, and so on. Viber is now jumping on the hype train and allowing you to set a time limit on your shared media.

After choosing a photo or video to send to your recipient, you have to tap the pencil icon to add a caption and then look for the timer icon on the bottom left of the screen. Tap it and you'll be able to choose between 1, 3, 7, and 10 seconds of elapsed time.

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