Viber update brings ‘seen’ status, photo doodles, new emoticons and more

By , Jul 31, 2013

Viber 3.1 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)Viber 3.1 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 004)

The popular cross-platform instant messaging software Viber has been updated to version 3.1, bringing a few noteworthy improvements.

In addition to fun new emoticons and a new ‘Seen’ status that lets you know when your messages have been seen, Viber version 3.1 features expanded support for the Viber Desktop application on Windows and Mac.

If you have the desktop app on your Mac or Windows PC, you can can now seamlessly transfer a call in progress from your iPhone to your desktop. There are other improvements in this Viber update as well, mentioned right after the break…

In keeping with the latest trends, Viber for Mac earlier in the month gained the popular stickers that first surfaced in the iPhone edition last December. The new Viber for iOS builds on this trend with an interesting new feature which allows you to easily adorn your images with doodles or paint.

As you can see on a pair of screenies top of post, both built-in stickers (left) and doodles (right) liven up your exchange with friends and are available free across mobile platforms. The desktop Viber edition wasn’t updated with doodles at the time of this writing.

Viber 3.1 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)Viber 3.1 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 003)

Other changes in Viber 3.1 include message performance improvements, bug fixes and localized support for Croatian, Norwegian, Romanian, Slovak and Ukrainian languages.

Viber doesn’t cost a dime and is available via the App Store.

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  • MarcPhilippeB

    it seems that people are used to WhatsApp now, and it’s pretty damn difficult to compete against that. Even though there are many great messaging apps out there (Kik, Viber, skype) which all offer quite the same. But I guess that you need to come up with something that is way better and shows a real advantage over WhatsApp. As the improvements on functionalities of messaging apps are almost exploited, I only see an opportunity in terms of design.

    • Rafael Damasceno

      You need to remember that Viber is the first of its kind to have a PC/Mac client for your own number. Also, it was just a VoIP before even having messaging. In my opinion, it has the best design and functionality already (as it makes high quality calls and has a non cluttered UI like WhatsApp does, where some buttons aren’t properly centered, etc), but as you have said, people keep using WhatsApp. I guess that when they finally need to pay it they’ll start to cross the bridge.

    • Om

      You’re right. A well-designed app would convince me to switch from WhatsApp. But now, even WhatsApp needs a new user interface. I’m starting to dislike it. It’s old and pale IMO.

  • RV

    WhatsApp is not compatible for iPod Touches. sooo… I use Viber. And also because it’s the best app after WhatsApp.

    • Yunsar

      There are ways to get it on an iPod touch

      • RV

        Seriously? Whoa. How?

      • Yunsar
      • aziz

        install whatsapp on iphone and activate it and then go to itools and back up it and then reinstall it on ipod and that all its work on ipad too :)

  • wswalex

    Wechat is the best competition, and it’s free :)

  • iosPixel

    Would any one use an app that asks you to delete it when they’ve been hacked. Then say the hacker never got to no important areas. Then their App Store page is edited. Then they don’t deny the accusation within said App Store page edit.

    Or did I dream the above?

  • bllackghost

    when viber will bring “block” option to app ?!

    • Ted Forbes

      Yeah its a must.

    • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

      The block feature is not available yet.
      We are considering to add it in future versions :)

  • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

    Hi guys!

    This is a member of the Viber Team.

    Thank you for reviewing our new update, we hope you enjoy it as much as we do! :)

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

    Thanks,

    Viber

    • Theo

      Viber is by far my favorite messaging app. What I think is missing from iOS version is a qick-reply feature like in android version of the app:). Hope you will add it soon!:)

    • MHP

      It will be great if u could reply to our concern below: Izanami Oki

      • a month ago

      hi just wanna ask. is there a problem regarding seen status? coz it always appear seen even the message havent read by the recipient yet? am i the only one experiencing this? thanks and im hoping for a responsible reply

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      MHP Izanami Oki

      • 2 minutes ago

      I have the same problem too… can someone explain that?

  • Izanami Oki

    hi just wanna ask. is there a problem regarding seen status? coz it always appear seen even the message havent read by the recipient yet? am i the only one experiencing this? thanks and im hoping for a responsible reply

    • MHP

      I have the same problem too… can someone explain that?

      • miriamfelix13 (@yahhoo.com

        Miriamfelix

      • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

        Hi everyone,

        Does the problem with the wrong “Seen” status still persist?