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Old March 26th, 2011, 09:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Angry Viber is here for Android (update at post 65)!!!

It's already March 26th, 2011, and Viber for Android was promised in March! Anyone know when it'll come?

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Hi,

This is a member of the Viber Development Team.
Yes, Viber for Android is delayed more than expected, but as you know, technological developments tend to be delayed due to unexpected obstacles. We, as a company that cares about users’ experience, prefer releasing a fully-working product a little later than expected, rather than releasing it as early as possible, yet buggy and disappointing.

We will soon release the beta-version of Android to those who subscribed in time. The subscription is closed (full) by now.

If you have any other questions please feel free. That's why I'm here

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i had an iphone 3g with viber...
today - 29 march - i got the iphone 4g... i want to download viber, but the app store can't find it...
where is viber?
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i had an iphone 3g with viber...
today - 29 march - i got the iphone 4g... i want to download viber, but the app store can't find it...
where is viber?


Viber 2.0 was available for download yesterday, but due to a technical issues some of our users encountered, we decided to pull back that version, thus making Viber unavailable temporarily on AppStore.

We fixed the problem and submitted the fixed version of Viber 2.0 to Apple, and it should appear in AppStore soon.
Once it's available, download it and the problem will be fixed.
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I understand a new beta went out for this today, however its closed and already full.
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I understand a new beta went out for this today, however its closed and already full.
Don't worry - the beta is ready. TechCrunch simply got an exclusive 500 subscriptions from us.

The emails we promised will start being sent out today, groups-by-groups. You will soon received an email, in your turn, and get the link to the application. First-signed first-get.
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Arrow Viber is here for Android!!!

After a long wait Viber beta went live this afternoon...

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What is it? Even the link you provided fails to tell what it is.
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Sure! I'm going to install a non-market app with no explanation of what it purportedly does!
It is a Skype competitor.

Thanks, but no.
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I don't reply too often but this is unbelievable.
No information but a link to download an app?
If it's not spam the creator should have provided some info.
not touching this!
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Viber | Free calls, free voip, free phone calls from iPhone

Apparently now available for Android. A Skype killer? Reviews look good. Only works if Viber loaded on both ends.
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Works great, have been following it for a LONG time!

http://phandroid.com/2011/05/04/viber-brings-its-free-calling-and-messaging-app-to-android-beta-testers-wanted/
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Hi,
This is a member of the Viber Development Team,

@smegoul - we assure you this isn't spam.
The beta of Viber for Android has been expected for months now, and we (Viber Media) are here to support our testers and users.

If you have any specific question, please feel free to ask.

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i just subscribed as a beta tester but i haven't recieved the app, what to do?

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@smegoul - we assure you this isn't spam.
The beta of Viber for Android has been expected for months now, and we (Viber Media) are here to support our testers and users.

If you have any specific question, please feel free to ask.

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or you guys could just click on the viber logo at the top or shorten the link to Viber | Free calls, free voip, free phone calls from iPhone

come on guys.. act like nerds!
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string and can app? no thanks. good luck though.
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If you have any specific question, please feel free to ask.
What's the catch? How can you pay your bills and pay your people when the service is free and there is no advertising? How are you going to 'monetize" Viber? I don't want to get suckered by a tease only to be charged or advertised-to later.
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Great info I will install it on my device.
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Hi,

1. Regarding the inability to complete the installation - the only way to activate your Beta version is to wait for our invitation email. The order of sending the emails is first-subscribe first-get. There is a queue of a few tens of thousands of users (!) so please be patient - you will get the invitation email eventually and be able to complete the installation.

2. Viber is completely free.
For now, Viber's focus is on adding platforms, adding features (such as text messages) and improving overall system performance. At the same time, we are working on additional future premium services that will generate revenues. The basic Viber service - Viber to Viber phone calls and text messages - will ALWAYS be free.

Further, I’d like to reiterate the five commitments we made when we launched the company:
1. The Viber software will always be free.
2. Viber for iPhone (and soon Viber for Android) will never display any ads.
3. Viber to Viber calls will always be free.
4. Viber to Viber text messages (coming soon) will always be free.
5. We will never sell, rent or in any other way abuse your personal information.

If you have any more questions/doubts - I'm here
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It's about the text message? Cool!
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I'd love to see it available for Android soon!
Also, to be truly Skype competitor, the app needs to be able to make video calls and also be able to make phone calls from PC...
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Hunted it down ok, installed fine, put MY phone number in like it asked, pressed continue, said something about waiting for sms message, up comes an error message saying "Viber for Android is currently on Beta, to become a Beta tester please go to viber.com" ok off i go to viber site, put in my details like it asks, "The Viber Beta for Android is only available to registered users.
Please follow Viber on Facebook and twitter, and you'll be the first to know when a Beta version is available for download.

So now Viber has my details and i have nothing, perhaps the guy from viber will come on and tell me why they duped me of my details.

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@Usta - Video calls in Viber and a PC/Mac version are two things we are considering to develop. Stay tuned for updates.

@jimmyr - we didn't dupe your details. Our Beta version is a closed-group project, and we can't instantly allow all subscribers (we have tens of thousands) to immediately start using the Beta. When we launched the Beta, we officially announced that there is an order to which users will receive the application - first-sign first-get.

So what you need to do now, like all other subscribers, is wait until you receive the invitation email from us. Only then will you be able to complete the setup and use Viber on your Android.

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Hey ViberMedia,

Thanks for dropping by the forums to answer people's questions.

I do have one question and I'd like to get your angle on it:

Why is Viber superior to Skype right now? I'm sure after Beta, you probably have big plans for future development but I'd like to hear your arguments for Viber's superiority in the short-term.

I've heard good things about Viber but I'm not entirely sure if I see huge benefits of it over Skype or vice versa at this point. The bulk of people I know don't necessarily have smartphones that I can actually call them over Wifi and for those that do, I'm not necessarily going to run a one-man marketing campaign for them to get Viber or any other app.

For the moment, I'm stuck in a long-term contract with a relatively decent amount of minutes so calling people nationally is not really an issue. The main reason I use Skype at the moment is for calling people abroad (my minute don't allow international calls) and that it has the benefit of being able to call both their phone and their PC which I believe Viber doesn't do. Skype obviously also has the benefit of being a much more established medium though as is the case with many propietary and closed source companies, that isn't always a good thing.

I hope you can reply when you get a chance. That being said, I'm going to sign up as a Beta tester anyway :P
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Hi @BOZG

Thanks for your comments and questions.

Look, we wouldn't want to compare Viber to any other specific app, but I'd like to note 3 of Viber's biggest advantages:

1. Viber's interface is very easy to use - it looks completely similar to the iPhone basic application, and this makes a huge difference for most users in the world. Simple elegance is what works.
2. Viber does not require login/password in order to log in, unlike the great majority of VoIP applications today, but instead it uses the user's original cellular phone number. This makes the registration process very quick, and helps users find other friends who have Viber very easily. This way more and more friends recommend each other to install Viber, and have free calls and texts.
3. Finally, Viber doesn't have to be open when receiving a call, thanks to Viber's support of Push Notifications feature. This means that Viber saves battery, and that users are always available to receive Viber's free calls.

Lastly - we believe that the service itself that Viber provides, in terms of call quality, functionality, etc., is a very reliable one, and users appreciate that and choose to install and use it on a daily basis all around the world (it's popular both domestic and international).

Sure, Viber still doesn't contain all the feature we'd like to see, but you have to remember that the app is still very young. It's constantly improving, and we guarantee you that with each and every version, new features (big or small) will be added.

Patience is needed
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Hi @BOZG

Thanks for your comments and questions.

Viber has 3 main advantages:

1. Viber's interface is very easy to use - it looks completely similar to the iPhone basic application, and this makes a huge difference for most users in the world. Simple elegance is what works.
2. Viber does not require login/password in order to log in, unlike the great majority of VoIP applications today, but instead it uses the user's original cellular phone number. This makes the registration process very quick, and helps users find other friends who have Viber very easily. This way more and more friends recommend each other to install Viber, and have free calls and texts.
3. Finally, Viber doesn't have to be open when receiving a call, thanks to Viber's support of Push Notifications feature. This means that Viber saves battery, and that users are always available to receive Viber's free calls.

Lastly - we believe that the service itself that Viber provides, in terms of call quality, functionality, etc., is a very reliable one, and users appreciate that and choose to install and use it on a daily basis all around the world (it's popular both domestic and international).

Sure, Viber still doesn't contain all the feature we'd like to see, but you have to remember that the app is still very young. It's constantly improving, and we guarantee you that with each and every version, new features (big or small) will be added.

Patience is needed
Thanks for the very prompt reply. As I said, I'm going to sign up for the Beta anyway.

I use Whatsapp at the moment and the integration with my phone number, push notifications as well as notifying me of who else uses it are certainly fantastic features which I'm glad to see Viber using as well.

One of the wonderful benefits of smartphones is that you don't just have to limit yourself to a single app so I guess I can give Viber a go and use Skype when necessary. Hopefully you can knock that piece of bloated software down a peg or two in the future!

One last question, is there any plans for desktop software in the near future?
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There are very general plans, but nothing concrete yet.
We are looking into the development of such version, and will announce (some time in the future) news on the matter.
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A Question to the Viber developers:

Why did you have to write your own iphone-like dialer? Wasn't it possible to add one more dial method to contacts, so any dialer can use Viber (similarly to what skypeout does)?

On iphone with its lousy dialer such implementation might be a good idea, but on android I prefer to use superior alternatives (dialer one, touchpal to name a few), and definitely not something so iphoney looking like what you did.
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A Question to the Viber developers:

Why did you have to write your own iphone-like dialer? Wasn't it possible to add one more dial method to contacts, so any dialer can use Viber (similarly to what skypeout does)?

On iphone with its lousy dialer such implementation might be a good idea, but on android I prefer to use superior alternatives (dialer one, touchpal to name a few), and definitely not something so iphoney looking like what you did.
It is something we considered before developing Viber-for-Android, but at decided that at this stage we keep the simple dialer.
Implementing advanced feature to Viber's dialer isn't as simple as it sounds. It doesn't mean it will never be added, it just means that currently, when it's still Beta, it won't be available yet.

Make a request (and have your friends do the same) at our official page. The more people join in, the faster features will be added to the app: Viber Beta Support
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Hi and welcome to the forums, you might want to try here, Android Applications - Android Forums where there will be many people willing to answer your question.
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The official word is "soon". Not familiar with the developer so I don't know if that's a Google "soon" (release as fast as possible and let the chips fall), a Microsoft "soon" (promise it, and sell it, but somehow never manage to actually release it) or an Apple "soon" (serve no app before its time).

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Hi all,
This is a member of the Viber Development Team.

Viber application for Android is still at its Beta stage. We are still not sure when exactly it will be release officially.
However, you can subscribe to be beta testers here: Android Users and Testers
Once you subscribe, you need to wait (several weeks usually) for our invitation email, after which you'll be able to complete the installation and use the app on your device.

If you have more questions - feel free

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Hi @BOZG

Thanks for your comments and questions.

Look, we wouldn't want to compare Viber to any other specific app, but I'd like to note 3 of Viber's biggest advantages:

1. Viber's interface is very easy to use - it looks completely similar to the iPhone basic application, and this makes a huge difference for most users in the world. Simple elegance is what works.
2. Viber does not require login/password in order to log in, unlike the great majority of VoIP applications today, but instead it uses the user's original cellular phone number. This makes the registration process very quick, and helps users find other friends who have Viber very easily. This way more and more friends recommend each other to install Viber, and have free calls and texts.
3. Finally, Viber doesn't have to be open when receiving a call, thanks to Viber's support of Push Notifications feature. This means that Viber saves battery, and that users are always available to receive Viber's free calls.

Lastly - we believe that the service itself that Viber provides, in terms of call quality, functionality, etc., is a very reliable one, and users appreciate that and choose to install and use it on a daily basis all around the world (it's popular both domestic and international).

Sure, Viber still doesn't contain all the feature we'd like to see, but you have to remember that the app is still very young. It's constantly improving, and we guarantee you that with each and every version, new features (big or small) will be added.

Patience is needed
I already love it. Basically you just listed the 3 main lack of features or things I didn't like of Skype. That's why I dumped it.

Too big, sluggish, battery eater.
No push.
Force-close it to save battery? Login everytime.
I deleted it from my phone, and my computer, stopped paying, stopped using it. Told my friends to get me on my Gtalk id and I'm now using "FriendCaller" - its a really simple app BUT WITH A GREAT IDEA on how a voip should work, except it lacks push and makes you pay a tiny tiney bit of cash.
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A message only to those of you who are already testing our Beta version:
Please make sure you are using the latest version: 2.0.107157

Download it here: Viber | Android Beta
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Old May 29th, 2011, 06:40 AM   #37 (permalink)
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I would rather release the beta in more stages, after all, people forgot what Beta actually means and expect the app to work prefectly.

I want Viber to have more betas, closed ones, until it resolves all problems and makes it work PERFECT.

After that, release it for the masses, so it has such a huge impact that people forget every other app out there. That's how you make it successful. Learn from LiveProfile for example.

Apps like Whatsapp, Kik, Qik, even BBM and many others were the standards for a long time. LiveProfile was launched and in 5 days it had more users than all of those (ok maybe not BBM) combined. over 3 million users in 5 days, now it's already.... over the top for any up to be able to catch it up.

Do the same with Viber, don't "f.uck" around.
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Hi all,

A message only to those of you who are already testing our Beta version of Android:
A new beta version has just been released - 2.0.108226.

What's new?
- GSM interruption problem has been resolved, and other bug fixes.
- Notification icon is back, and optional this time.
- Battery consumption has been improved.
- Viber is now integrated into Android's main contact list.
- Synchronization of Viber contacts has been improved

Download it here: Viber | Android Beta
Please make sure to report bugs here: Viber Beta Support
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Hi, I've been lucky enough to get in on the beta, unfortunately I only have a handful of iphone users that I can call.

For those comparing it to Skype, I personally think the Android Skype app is horrible. Viber has been implemented in a much slicker manner.

The great thing is that I don't need an account per se, it uses my phone number and the numbers of my contacts to find who I can call/message with it. Very easy, no logging in etc required.

I see the latest version has been integrated with the native Android contact list? The problem is that those of us that use alternatives (I use Contapps), Don't see a benefit from that. I would suggest working with the Devs of other Contact applications to try and get it integrated as seamlessly as possible, across as wider range of apps as possible. That could really be the key to the success of Viber on Android.

I'll echo what others have said (that you've no doubt heard a thousand times) and suggest that you need to develop something for PC/Mac or a webapp quick-smart. I live half a world away from most of my friends and family, most of whom don't own smart phones. To turn it into something I use all the time there needs to be a way to connect with those people, perhaps a login via facebook or something?

I know you don't like the comparison, but Skype dropped the ball a while ago and you now have a chance to pick it up.

You'd best do so before Google decides to make Google Voice available outside of the US.

Congrats on a nice app.
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Come on release it already. I don't get it why apps for iPhones get released first...
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Come on release it already. I don't get it why apps for iPhones get released first...
Up until recently there was a much larger user base.

Add to that, that there's only one line of products (different versions of the Apple iPhone), compared with hundreds of Android devices all with different hardware.
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What's Viber? Any description?
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@ambientdroid - could you explain your suggestion with contact apps? Do you have other apps (such as WhatsApp, for example) that do integrate with contact apps? How?

Viber for PC/Mac is a future plan of ours, but no official dates yet. We acknowledge the demand among users, and working these days to plan it.

@John Huang - Viber is a VoIP app that lets you talk and text over the internet.
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@ambientdroid - could you explain your suggestion with contact apps? Do you have other apps (such as WhatsApp, for example) that do integrate with contact apps? How?

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.contapps.android&feature=search_res ult

Basically it would be really handy to be able to see from within the contact page of which ever address book app you have, whether that contact also has Viber available. Then an option to call them using it.

The idea of contapps is that it as 'tapps' for each contact. Like facebook, twitter, google maps, google search, foursquare etc. They're kinda on pages within each contact.

But what I'd like to see is on the actual contact info page a marker indicating they have viber that you press to call. Much like how they have two icons now, one to call and one to text.

FYI, I sent a 'tapps suggestion' to the Devs, they responded with this email:

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As you probably figured - we are debating among the development team which VoIP / Messaging service should be implemented first.


There are some obvious candidate, the ,most obvious is Skype since they have the largest number of users (so it'll be relevant to more of our users).
However, services like Viber are definitely picking up (some of us are in the Viber's beta as well) and we're seriously considering it, we're researching it a bit which means that it'll take some time, but we're definitely planing to integrate such services.


Thanks again for your great suggesting, I hope you like the latest update we've released yesterday... we're already working hard on the next one


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Might be worth getting in touch eh?
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Thanks for the time you put into this, we'll certainly look into your suggestion and try to contact them.

About integrating Viber in the main Android contact list - that's already done, and implemented in our latest Beta version. Have you installed it?
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Thanks for the time you put into this, we'll certainly look into your suggestion and try to contact them.

About integrating Viber in the main Android contact list - that's already done, and implemented in our latest Beta version. Have you installed it?
Yes I have, when I call someone (through the stock contacts app) who has viber it brings up the android preferences prompt with the dialer and viber (also skype in my case) as options.

Though there doesn't seem to be anything in the contact's info showing that they have viber. You just find out when you try to call.
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Thanks, we'll look into it.
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Dying to start using viber, signed up about a month ago for the beta. Any chance of an estimation of when I'll get this sacred email?! Keep up the awesome work, haven't heard of any bad experiences on android so I'm looking forward to getting stuck in
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