Now 200M Users Strong, Viber Launches Desktop App With Video Calling In Version 3.0

Posted: May 7, 2013 in Apps, Mobile, Social, Startup, Technology

20130507-223906.jpg Viber has made quite a name for itself as a global
mobile first company, but today that all changes as
the company breaks ground in the desktop space.
That means that starting today, Viber’s 200 million+
users will have access to their Viber contacts from
both mobile and desktop. The rollout is part of a bigger push from Viber,
including an update to its iOS, Android and
BlackBerry apps to version 3.0. But the real story is
this desktop app. I played with the software earlier this week, and can
say that it’s a truly impressive VoIP, messaging, and
video calling platform. That’s right. Viber for Desktop
(available on both PC and Mac here) marks the
company’s entry into video calling with a beta version
of the feature. For now, video calling is only available from desktop to desktop. Other than that, the desktop version has just about
everything the mobile version has, including
messaging, stickers, etc. To start, you must be a mobile user of Viber, so if
you don’t have a number that’s already associated
with the service, the desktop app will ask you to
download the mobile application. From there, you
simply input your number into the desktop app, enter
a pin which is sent to your mobile device, and you instantly have access to all the contacts you know on
Viber. The reason Viber did it this way is because the
company pays close attention to the chatting, and
talking habits of its users. We don’t sit still when we
talk; we roam and wander. By tying the mobile and
desktop applications together by default, this actually
lets you seamlessly switch from mobile to desktop in the middle of a call. Viber also syncs your messages against mobile and
desktop, so all messages appear on both platforms
but only the device that you’re on actively will beep.
Messages deleted on one platform will also show as
deleted on others. As previously mentioned, Viber is also launching a
huge update to its mobile applications, most notably
Android and iOS. They’ll both now have video
messages (much like a video voicemail which you
can leave for a friend), new stickers, “last online
status”, an upgraded photo experience, a new voice engine, and other minor fixes. Android in particular
has undergone a huge redesign to be “less iOS and
more Android,” according to Talmon Marco, CEO of
Viber. Viber is also rolling out a new version of its
BlackBerry app that ensures voice calling works with
the desktop app, since BlackBerry encodes calls
differently than other platforms. Past that, the company is offering eight new
languages which brings total languages supported to
27. Viber for Android now supports: Dutch, Korean,
Swedish, and Turkish in addition to previous
languages: Arabic, Catalan, Chinese (simplified),
Chinese (traditional), French, German, Hebrew,
Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil),
Russian, and Spanish. Viber for iPhone now supports: Dutch, Indonesian,
Korean, Malay, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, and
Vietnamese in addition to previous languages: Arabic,
Catalan, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional),
Czech, Danish, Finnish, French, German, Greek,
Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, and
Spanish. Viber has been growing steadily, announcing growth
to 200 million users, up from 175 million in February. This latest push only makes sense for users who
have multiple devices.

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