Viber is a free application that allows users to make free calls, send messages, images and video messages to other Viber users. It works on both mobile and computer, and can be used to connect with people from around the world. In February 2015, the email application claimed 236 million active monthly users.
The main features of Viber are free messaging, photo sharing and video messaging as well as free calls to other Viber users. There are also free discussion groups of up to 200 participants; public discussion, a feature that allows Viber users to track their favorite personalities and celebrities or join chat groups on their favorite topics; and stickers, a feature popular with young users, these stickers can be downloaded via the application and inserted into the messages. It should be noted that many stickers are free, but they can also be paid for. The average price for a set of stickers is about 1.99 €. This not counting the Viber games. Users can choose from a range of games to download on their computer, tablet or smartphone.
Viber also allows users to make calls to a phone number, even if they do not have a Viber account, anywhere in the world for a lower rate than traditional phone calls.
Viber Media is headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel, with offices in Belarus and Cyprus. The company was founded by the former head of information in the Israeli army, Talmond Marco, as well as Igor Magazinnik, Sani Maroli and Ofer Smocha, with Marco as CEO. Viber was originally launched for iPhone on December 2nd, 2010, in direct competition with Skype. A pre-release for Android limited to 50,000 users appeared in May 2011 and an unrestricted version was launched on July 19th, 2012.
Viber for BlackBerry and Windows phone devices was launched on May 8th, 2012. The application has reached 90 million users on July 24th, 2012. The group messaging service and the HD voice engine were added to the Android and iPhone applications of Viber at that time. Applications for Nokia, Symbian and Samsung Bada were also announced on the same day.
Download and install Viber on Android
The application can be downloaded directly to your phone / tablet or to a computer, and users simply have to enter their phone number to begin with. Viber uses your mobile phone as an ID. To verify your account, Viber will send you a PIN via SMS to activate your account.
The easiest way to download and install Viber is to use the Google Play Store app that you can download here. Once you have found Viber in the store, click or tap “install” and the download and installation will be done automatically.
It is also possible to download the Viber .apk installation file from a site. To do this, follow the download indication mentioned on the site. Then when the .apk file is downloaded, click it to start the installation.