Viber Updates UI, Group Calling Features Added

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Viber released new update (Viber Messenger 10) supports group call

VoIP services have helped not only businesses but individuals around the world in making their communication with each other more convenient, less costly, and broader in reach.

A study suggested that in the US alone, three out of four households have already adopted wireless technology and have ditched traditional fix-line calling systems like landlines. One of the revolutions to communication happened when users around the globe have started to use VoIP apps like Viber.

Viber is a cross-platform Voice over IP (VoIP) and instant messaging (IM) software application operated by Japanese multinational company Rakuten. The app is provided as freeware for the Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, macOS and Linux platforms. In 2018, there are more than a billion registered Viber accounts all over the globe.

In early February, Viber launched the latest revision of its mobile messaging application on iOS and Android, version 10. The new update includes a new and improved user interface (UI), which is the first significant update to the app’s software in the last four years. According to the company, Viber Messenger 10 comes with a fresh look and enhanced connectivity options with additional privacy measures.

The new Viber have improved the quality of its text messaging with the ability to send messages twice as fast as before. Moreover, voice and video calls have been given a quality boost to become crystal clear. The new version of the app sports a fresh and bright header. The chat list is streamlined to display convenient access to all private and group chats, communities, and favorite public content.

The new update includes a new “Call” screen that contains recent call logs and contacts, together with the display of Viber Out balance and subscriptions shown at the top of the screen. The company also announced that a group calling feature that would soon be rolled out to all users. This feature will allow users to initiate a group voice call with up to five people.

In an attempt to improve security in the app’s public chats, Viber 10 includes a “Hidden-number Chats” option in the communities section. The company said that it is intended to “encourage spontaneous interactions among new social networking contacts while keeping the actual contact information hidden to protect the privacy of the participants.”

The new Viber Messenger 10 update is available for users with Android and iOS devices, and can already be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play Store. /apr

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