Viber Hits 140M Users, Update Brings iPhone 5 Support, New Messaging Features

Viber has announced it now has over 140 million users and is currently gaining 400,000 each day. Their iPhone app has also received an update today to add some new messaging features along with iPhone 5 screen support and also optimization for iOS 6. Here’s what’s new:

What’s New in Version 2.3.0
- Share stickers with friends, making text messaging fun
- Include emoticons in text messages
- Send locations as messages
- Enhanced messaging experience with new interface and sounds
- Connect with your friends in group conversations of up to 40 participants
- Optimized design for iPhone5 and iOS6, including new keypad

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The new messaging features include stickers and some holiday themes and a new keypad for dialing as well.

“We know that our users rely on Viber for their important conversations with their friends, family and the people they care most about. But they also turn to Viber to have fun and playful conversations, whether it’s via text message or voice,” said Talmon Marco, Viber’s CEO. “With the new features that we are delivering in Viber 2.3, our users can look to Viber as a platform not just for communications, but for playing and interacting with their friends.”

We have covered Viber extensively in the past and essentially it’s a fantastic app for free voice calls to friends who have the app as well. Sound quality with Viber is excellent and one of the best qualities of the app, as it rivals the clarity of Skype (if not better). Back in July, Viber was updated with group messaging capabilities.

I haven’t touched Viber for a while now, but we’re glad to see this free app keeps getting better with updates. Are you using Viber?

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  • DaMan05

    When using this app, keep in mind that it is free, with no ads. It provides voice capabilities which are much more expensive to offer than just text. And it has been providing these services for years.

    Also keep in mind that the company is not a charity. Begs the question of where they are getting their money and what they might be doing with our data.

    Hence, I avoid it.

  • Viber

    Hi,
    This is a member of the Viber R&D Team!
    Thank you for your feedback on our application and service. We are glad to hear about users’ experiences! :)

    DaMan05 – We will never sell users’ information. Please check our privacy policy on our official HelpDesk. Currently, Viber’s focus is on adding platforms, 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 be free.

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

    Thanks,
    Viber