Viber, the company behind the popular free smartphone messaging and voice calling app of the same name, has good news for millions of BlackBerry owners who couldn’t call their friends through the app. Dedicated BlackBerry – the feature has been developed and will be launched in April.
Today, the company released version 2.3 for BlackBerry devices – its third largest user base – by showcasing its new user interface and chat screen and bringing its new sticker and emoticon features to from recently updated iOS and Android apps.
While the app now offers localization support for Arabic and Spanish, improved Facebook integration, improved scrolling, and support for group chats of up to 40 participants, the announcement of Viber’s voice calling feature for the BlackBerry platform will undoubtedly outperform today’s version.
Viber also teased a new video (embedded below) demonstrating voice calls between a BlackBerry device and an iPhone, giving users a firm April deadline for its rollout. The company says the inclusion of voice calls in its BlackBerry app has “been a significant technical challenge,” but with its working, it could become one of the first VoIP apps to successfully bring calling service. multiplatform to BlackBerry.
“We’ve worked hard to ensure a consistent Viber experience across all of our supported platforms. This is especially true for Blackberry, which is our third most popular platform, ”said Talmon Marco, CEO of Viber. “We have invested significant resources to make Viber for Blackberry the best possible experience for our users. Ultimately, this experience will include voice calls, and we’re excited to demonstrate this functionality to our users. “
Despite RIM’s focus on the release of the BlackBerry 10, due to be unveiled at the end of the month, the Canadian mobile phone maker continues to sell millions of BlackBerry devices, especially in emerging markets.
While BlackBerry 10 will almost certainly remove many, if not all, of the hurdles Viber faced when including voice calls in their app, the exit will still be important for device owners looking to connect with their friends. and their families around the world, regardless of the platform. .
Regarding a BlackBerry 10 app, Viber says it “works with RIM to continue to improve Viber on all versions of Blackberry, including the upcoming version.”
Viber now has more than 150 million users in 193 countries (up from 140 million in December 2012, 100 million in September 2012 and 90 million in July 2012). Besides iOS, Windows Phone, and Android, Viber also offers apps for Nokia (S40 / Symbian) and Bada, although the latter two do not (yet) include support for the free voice call feature.
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