Popular mobile instant messaging and voice calling app, Viber, has
launched desktop applications for Windows and Mac that also offer
support for video calls.
Users who're already registered for the
service on their mobile phones will be able to sign-in on the Viber
desktop client with their mobile numbers and a verification code that's
sent to the mobile app. Viber syncs the users' contacts, messages and
call history with their mobile device. They will also be able to sync
their instant messages across devices giving them the ability to send,
receive and delete messages on either devices, and transfer voice calls
between the different apps.
So you can choose to take a call on
your PC and continue the conversation on your phone. This makes it a
convenient messaging solution for users of multiple devices. It's worth
noting that received and sent messages are shown on all devices, users
will only get a notification on the device they are currently using.
desktop apps also allow users to make video calls. However, the feature
is in beta and one can only make video calls between two desktops.
spend a substantial amount of time on their smartphones," said Talmon
Marco, CEO of Viber. "However, a lot of that usage takes place at home
or in the office, where they have laptops or desktops close by. With
Viber Desktop you always get to use the most convenient device. You can
seamlessly switch devices while messaging and even transfer calls
between your mobile and desktop."
With this Viber now competes
with the likes of Skype, the VoIP and instant messaging tool that was
acquired by Microsoft and offers mobile and desktop apps across
TViber has also released Viber 3.0 for
mobile, the next major version of the app. Version 3.0 includes updated
Android and iOS apps, and a new version for legacy BlackBerry OS that
brings support for voice calling and compatibility with Viber Desktop.
for Android has been redesigned and now features the "Holo" interface
in addition to other optimizations. The app also includes features like
video messages, stickers, last online status, among others.
Viber also claims that it has 200 million users across all platforms in 193 countries.