Viber Launches 3.0 for iOS Plus Viber Desktop for Mac, Windows

Viber has announced today the 3.0 update for its iOS app to introduce video messages, a new improved voice engine, a new online status indicator, new fun stickers, tweaked user interface and more. Here’s what’s new in the iOS 3.0 update:

What’s New in Version 3.0
• Support for all new Viber Desktop – on Windows and MacOS!!
• Transfer live calls between Viber on your iPhone and Viber on Desktop
• You can now send video messages to your friends
• All new voice engine improves sound quality on both low quality and high quality networks
• Online status indicator tells you when your friends are connected to Viber. Note: users can receive messages even when not connected!
• In app banner indicates that you received new messages
• Automatically download new photos for faster viewing
• You can now add a caption to the photos and videos you send
• Easily browse through photos received from specific users or groups
• Show only groups in messages screen, so you can quickly find a specific group
• Larger photos and larger photo thumbnails
• Better looking contact info screen
• New package of fun stickers
• Accessibility is now supported

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But the most significant announcement is the launch of Viber Desktop for Mac and Windows, which now allows users to seamlessly communicate with friends from either your iPhone or computer, similar to iMessage.

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Viber Desktop allows the exact same functionality as the iOS app with free voice and video calls, plus you can transfer live video calls between the desktop and mobile app. Setup is easy as you just again enter your number and Viber will text you a confirmation code. Your contacts and messages will be synced between the iOS and desktop app.

There are various settings to have Viber launch on start up and also you can customize where notifications will be displayed on your Mac. Our early tests with Viber Desktop have worked pretty much as described.

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Viber is essentially an alternative to Skype for calling friends for free with the app, as its voice quality is excellent. We haven’t used the app in a while but now that there is a desktop companion app, we just might use it again.

The company as also announced it has reached 200 million users from 193 countries across its entire platform, up from 175 million as of March of this year.

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  • wonder if we will see the same functionality as iMessage, there has been some outages, and it might be because of changes in iOS 7. unfortunately I don’t use this because no one I know has it.

  • Yeah that’s the problem with third party messaging apps–they’re useless if people don’t use them. When Viber first launched I used it and recommended it to my friends. I don’t know anyone who uses it at the moment, but it does serve its purpose for free person-to-person voice/video calls now.

  • 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.

  • upset user

    viber app still compromises user’s privacy. won’t use.

  • How so?

    We (Viber) only collect names and phone numbers, nothing else. Naturally, we collect users’ information not because we are curious of its content nor for commercial purposes, but only for functional reasons, and in order for us to enable the service that we, as a company, promise to provide. Without that information, Viber cannot function. This is not different from any other major social network/communication service provider in our world nowadays.

    I would like to clarify: we *do not* and will never sell users’ information to third-parties, and we keep this information well locked in our servers, with extremely limited access to it. This information (in great detail) is explained in our very clear and transparent Privacy Policy – to which we are committed by law – that can be found in our official homepage. Have you taken a close look at it?

    If after reading it carefully there are still doubts or questions, then we will be more than happy to assist and clarify and answer any of them.

  • Aries

    Hi why i cannot receive msg and call from the time i install this update..i used iphone my boyfriend use samsung we cannot received our msg for each other and call as well..tnx

  • DaMan05

    Please explain to me where you get your money if you do not sell our data or are not a funded “social experiment”.

    Yes, you have investors. Investors want their money back. For that you need some kind of monetization plan which I have yet to see from Viber after, what, 2-3 years after launch?

    Your company’s background is shady. You must make money somewhere. Are you a charity?

  • What error message exactly do you see when trying to receive Viber messages or calls? or make them?

  • We never claimed to be “charity”. We’ve been very consistent and transparent about our background, plans, and revenue models.

    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.

    * and yes, with over 200 million users, planning to launch premium services, we don’t think it’s far fetched that we have investors who are willing to support us.