Viber for iOS and Android received an update this morning that brought a number of key features to the VoIP and IM app including video messages, status features, and an improved UI.

Many users have been wondering when stickers as well as the 3.0 features will be coming to Windows Phone 8, and we were able to get at least a time frame nailed down for the feature additions.

Viber CEO Talmon Marco told us “most of the features of 3.0 should be on WP in the next 3 months. Hopefully sooner.” We don’t know exactly what he meant by “most” but we can assume he meant everything except the Holo UI that’s apparent on the Android version. After all, Windows Phone has its own Metro UI to make the application look smooth and attractive.

Of course, we won’t know for sure until the date gets closer. Still it’s good to know that WP8 users could be using these new features by August, if not before. Hopefully before.

  • Ben Jammin’

    Good to know! Thanks Josh!

  • Gammi

    They should start releasing iOS, Android, and Windows Phone updates simultaneously instead of making WP users wait.

    • Andy Quek

      I couldn’t agree more…
      What is disappointing to know is that despite having to wait for another 3 more months, Windows Phone users will only be getting most of the features that is being implemented in version 3.0

      • http://twitter.com/ZackKennedy Zack Kennedy

        Agree also. I guess because iOS and Android are pretty much the same and WP is the only one trying to be different.

  • Adam P

    It’s weird that we can recieve stickers but not send in wp. At least I saw a sticker. Oh well its coming but a long time away.

  • Xavier

    I vote sooner.

    • http://twitter.com/ZackKennedy Zack Kennedy

      Hopefully 3 months and not longer…

  • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

    Hi there,

    I’m an official rep. from Viber, and I’m here to assist you with your questions/doubts about our service.

    Feel free to contact me :)

    • http://twitter.com/ZackKennedy Zack Kennedy

      You’re busy on TruTower today aren’t you? :P

    • pinportal

      Will you launch this update (Viber 3.0) for WP 7.x too? Or only WP8? –‘

      • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

        We’re not sure yet :(

        At the moment, WP8 is our main focus. When we have official news, we’ll let you know.

        • Bilesha Welton

          Definitely hoping the stickers are coming soon. Haven’t seen any mention or news on TruTower yet of the stickers.

          • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

            We’re working hard on adding our Stickers to our WP app.
            Stay tuned :)

    • Sylvia Waghmare

      I have tested both the Android and iOS version, and found the sound quality not to be significantly improved from version 2, and certainly not better than skype. Not even the desktop version. I want better sound! My workplace pays for my mobile subscription and I usually have a wifi around me, so I wouldn’t mind if Viber used up to 128 kbit/s or even more if that’s what it takes to get optimal sound. I don’t care about the bandwidth usage, just give me artifact free crystal clear sound so the microphone and speaker becomes the limit and not the software :-)

      If you are concerned about too much bandwidth being used on your servers, how about enabling a special mode for really high quality sound, which requires the user to establish a direct connection to whom he wants to speak to by using port forwarding. Just like you have to do in Skype to get full speed on file transfers and maximum quality on video conversations.

    • Sylvia Waghmare

      I have tested both the Android and iOS version, and found the sound quality not to be significantly improved from version 2, and certainly not better than skype. Not even the desktop version. I want better sound! My workplace pays for my mobile subscription and I usually have a wifi around me, so I wouldn’t mind if Viber used up to 128 kbit/s or even more if that’s what it takes to get optimal sound. I don’t care about the bandwidth usage, just give me artifact free crystal clear sound so the microphone and speaker becomes the limit and not the software :-)

      If you are concerned about too much bandwidth being used on your servers, how about enabling a special mode for really high quality sound, which requires the user to establish a direct connection to whom he wants to speak to by using port forwarding. Just like you have to do in Skype to get full speed on file transfers and maximum quality on video conversations.

    • Sylvia Waghmare

      I have tested both the Android and iOS version, and found the sound quality not to be significantly improved from version 2, and certainly not better than skype. Not even the desktop version. I want better sound! My workplace pays for my mobile subscription and I usually have a wifi around me, so I wouldn’t mind if Viber used up to 128 kbit/s or even more if that’s what it takes to get optimal sound. I don’t care about the bandwidth usage, just give me artifact free crystal clear sound so the microphone and speaker becomes the limit and not the software :-)

      If you are concerned about too much bandwidth being used on your servers, how about enabling a special mode for really high quality sound, which requires the user to establish a direct connection to whom he wants to speak to by using port forwarding. Just like you have to do in Skype to get full speed on file transfers and maximum quality on video conversations.

    • Sylvia Waghmare

      I have tested both the Android and iOS version, and found the sound quality not to be significantly improved from version 2, and certainly not better than skype. Not even the desktop version. I want better sound! My workplace pays for my mobile subscription and I usually have a wifi around me, so I wouldn’t mind if Viber used up to 128 kbit/s or even more if that’s what it takes to get optimal sound. I don’t care about the bandwidth usage, just give me artifact free crystal clear sound so the microphone and speaker becomes the limit and not the software :-)

      If you are concerned about too much bandwidth being used on your servers, how about enabling a special mode for really high quality sound, which requires the user to establish a direct connection to whom he wants to speak to by using port forwarding. Just like you have to do in Skype to get full speed on file transfers and maximum quality on video conversations.

    • Sylvia Waghmare

      I have tested both the Android and iOS version, and found the sound quality not to be significantly improved from version 2, and certainly not better than skype. Not even the desktop version. I want better sound! My workplace pays for my mobile subscription and I usually have a wifi around me, so I wouldn’t mind if Viber used up to 128 kbit/s or even more if that’s what it takes to get optimal sound. I don’t care about the bandwidth usage, just give me artifact free crystal clear sound so the microphone and speaker becomes the limit and not the software :-)

      If you are concerned about too much bandwidth being used on your servers, how about enabling a special mode for really high quality sound, which requires the user to establish a direct connection to whom he wants to speak to by using port forwarding. Just like you have to do in Skype to get full speed on file transfers and maximum quality on video conversations.

      • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

        Sometimes 3G reception could be low, and this is something we cannot control. Naturally this affects Viber’s call quality and results in disruptions and broken sound.
        We are continuously trying to improve our handling of 3G, so you can expect better performance as newer versions of Viber are released.

        Please note that having full 3G reception doesn’t mean your internet’s bandwidth is at the maximum expected. When you see a “full reception bar”, it merely means that physically, your phone is covered with the cellular signal.

        When it comes to the bandwidth itself, your connection could still be slow due to various different reasons, such as being in an area with many other users from the same provider, thus congesting the network.

        Meanwhile, WiFi- WiFi calls on Viber should generally be very clear and are free of such disruptions.

        * Thanks for the suggestion of the optional high-quality sound. We will consider it for future versions :)

      • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

        Sometimes 3G reception could be low, and this is something we cannot control. Naturally this affects Viber’s call quality and results in disruptions and broken sound.
        We are continuously trying to improve our handling of 3G, so you can expect better performance as newer versions of Viber are released.

        Please note that having full 3G reception doesn’t mean your internet’s bandwidth is at the maximum expected. When you see a “full reception bar”, it merely means that physically, your phone is covered with the cellular signal.

        When it comes to the bandwidth itself, your connection could still be slow due to various different reasons, such as being in an area with many other users from the same provider, thus congesting the network.

        Meanwhile, WiFi- WiFi calls on Viber should generally be very clear and are free of such disruptions.

        * Thanks for the suggestion of the optional high-quality sound. We will consider it for future versions :)

      • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

        Sometimes 3G reception could be low, and this is something we cannot control. Naturally this affects Viber’s call quality and results in disruptions and broken sound.
        We are continuously trying to improve our handling of 3G, so you can expect better performance as newer versions of Viber are released.

        Please note that having full 3G reception doesn’t mean your internet’s bandwidth is at the maximum expected. When you see a “full reception bar”, it merely means that physically, your phone is covered with the cellular signal.

        When it comes to the bandwidth itself, your connection could still be slow due to various different reasons, such as being in an area with many other users from the same provider, thus congesting the network.

        Meanwhile, WiFi- WiFi calls on Viber should generally be very clear and are free of such disruptions.

        * Thanks for the suggestion of the optional high-quality sound. We will consider it for future versions :)

      • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

        Sometimes 3G reception could be low, and this is something we cannot control. Naturally this affects Viber’s call quality and results in disruptions and broken sound.
        We are continuously trying to improve our handling of 3G, so you can expect better performance as newer versions of Viber are released.

        Please note that having full 3G reception doesn’t mean your internet’s bandwidth is at the maximum expected. When you see a “full reception bar”, it merely means that physically, your phone is covered with the cellular signal.

        When it comes to the bandwidth itself, your connection could still be slow due to various different reasons, such as being in an area with many other users from the same provider, thus congesting the network.

        Meanwhile, WiFi- WiFi calls on Viber should generally be very clear and are free of such disruptions.

        * Thanks for the suggestion of the optional high-quality sound. We will consider it for future versions :)

      • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

        Sometimes 3G reception could be low, and this is something we cannot control. Naturally this affects Viber’s call quality and results in disruptions and broken sound.
        We are continuously trying to improve our handling of 3G, so you can expect better performance as newer versions of Viber are released.

        Please note that having full 3G reception doesn’t mean your internet’s bandwidth is at the maximum expected. When you see a “full reception bar”, it merely means that physically, your phone is covered with the cellular signal.

        When it comes to the bandwidth itself, your connection could still be slow due to various different reasons, such as being in an area with many other users from the same provider, thus congesting the network.

        Meanwhile, WiFi- WiFi calls on Viber should generally be very clear and are free of such disruptions.

        * Thanks for the suggestion of the optional high-quality sound. We will consider it for future versions :)

      • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

        Sometimes 3G reception could be low, and this is something we cannot control. Naturally this affects Viber’s call quality and results in disruptions and broken sound.
        We are continuously trying to improve our handling of 3G, so you can expect better performance as newer versions of Viber are released.

        Please note that having full 3G reception doesn’t mean your internet’s bandwidth is at the maximum expected. When you see a “full reception bar”, it merely means that physically, your phone is covered with the cellular signal.

        When it comes to the bandwidth itself, your connection could still be slow due to various different reasons, such as being in an area with many other users from the same provider, thus congesting the network.

        Meanwhile, WiFi- WiFi calls on Viber should generally be very clear and are free of such disruptions.

        * Thanks for the suggestion of the optional high-quality sound. We will consider it for future versions :)

      • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

        Sometimes 3G reception could be low, and this is something we cannot control. Naturally this affects Viber’s call quality and results in disruptions and broken sound.
        We are continuously trying to improve our handling of 3G, so you can expect better performance as newer versions of Viber are released.

        Please note that having full 3G reception doesn’t mean your internet’s bandwidth is at the maximum expected. When you see a “full reception bar”, it merely means that physically, your phone is covered with the cellular signal.

        When it comes to the bandwidth itself, your connection could still be slow due to various different reasons, such as being in an area with many other users from the same provider, thus congesting the network.

        Meanwhile, WiFi- WiFi calls on Viber should generally be very clear and are free of such disruptions.

        * Thanks for the suggestion of the optional high-quality sound. We will consider it for future versions :)

      • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

        Sometimes 3G reception could be low, and this is something we cannot control. Naturally this affects Viber’s call quality and results in disruptions and broken sound.
        We are continuously trying to improve our handling of 3G, so you can expect better performance as newer versions of Viber are released.

        Please note that having full 3G reception doesn’t mean your internet’s bandwidth is at the maximum expected. When you see a “full reception bar”, it merely means that physically, your phone is covered with the cellular signal.

        When it comes to the bandwidth itself, your connection could still be slow due to various different reasons, such as being in an area with many other users from the same provider, thus congesting the network.

        Meanwhile, WiFi- WiFi calls on Viber should generally be very clear and are free of such disruptions.

        * Thanks for the suggestion of the optional high-quality sound. We will consider it for future versions :)

      • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

        Sometimes 3G reception could be low, and this is something we cannot control. Naturally this affects Viber’s call quality and results in disruptions and broken sound.
        We are continuously trying to improve our handling of 3G, so you can expect better performance as newer versions of Viber are released.

        Please note that having full 3G reception doesn’t mean your internet’s bandwidth is at the maximum expected. When you see a “full reception bar”, it merely means that physically, your phone is covered with the cellular signal.

        When it comes to the bandwidth itself, your connection could still be slow due to various different reasons, such as being in an area with many other users from the same provider, thus congesting the network.

        Meanwhile, WiFi- WiFi calls on Viber should generally be very clear and are free of such disruptions.

        * Thanks for the suggestion of the optional high-quality sound. We will consider it for future versions :)

      • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

        Sometimes 3G reception could be low, and this is something we cannot control. Naturally this affects Viber’s call quality and results in disruptions and broken sound.
        We are continuously trying to improve our handling of 3G, so you can expect better performance as newer versions of Viber are released.

        Please note that having full 3G reception doesn’t mean your internet’s bandwidth is at the maximum expected. When you see a “full reception bar”, it merely means that physically, your phone is covered with the cellular signal.

        When it comes to the bandwidth itself, your connection could still be slow due to various different reasons, such as being in an area with many other users from the same provider, thus congesting the network.

        Meanwhile, WiFi- WiFi calls on Viber should generally be very clear and are free of such disruptions.

        * Thanks for the suggestion of the optional high-quality sound. We will consider it for future versions :)

      • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

        Sometimes 3G reception could be low, and this is something we cannot control. Naturally this affects Viber’s call quality and results in disruptions and broken sound.
        We are continuously trying to improve our handling of 3G, so you can expect better performance as newer versions of Viber are released.

        Please note that having full 3G reception doesn’t mean your internet’s bandwidth is at the maximum expected. When you see a “full reception bar”, it merely means that physically, your phone is covered with the cellular signal.

        When it comes to the bandwidth itself, your connection could still be slow due to various different reasons, such as being in an area with many other users from the same provider, thus congesting the network.

        Meanwhile, WiFi- WiFi calls on Viber should generally be very clear and are free of such disruptions.

        * Thanks for the suggestion of the optional high-quality sound. We will consider it for future versions :)

      • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

        Sometimes 3G reception could be low, and this is something we cannot control. Naturally this affects Viber’s call quality and results in disruptions and broken sound.
        We are continuously trying to improve our handling of 3G, so you can expect better performance as newer versions of Viber are released.

        Please note that having full 3G reception doesn’t mean your internet’s bandwidth is at the maximum expected. When you see a “full reception bar”, it merely means that physically, your phone is covered with the cellular signal.

        When it comes to the bandwidth itself, your connection could still be slow due to various different reasons, such as being in an area with many other users from the same provider, thus congesting the network.

        Meanwhile, WiFi- WiFi calls on Viber should generally be very clear and are free of such disruptions.

        * Thanks for the suggestion of the optional high-quality sound. We will consider it for future versions :)

      • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

        Sometimes 3G reception could be low, and this is something we cannot control. Naturally this affects Viber’s call quality and results in disruptions and broken sound.
        We are continuously trying to improve our handling of 3G, so you can expect better performance as newer versions of Viber are released.

        Please note that having full 3G reception doesn’t mean your internet’s bandwidth is at the maximum expected. When you see a “full reception bar”, it merely means that physically, your phone is covered with the cellular signal.

        When it comes to the bandwidth itself, your connection could still be slow due to various different reasons, such as being in an area with many other users from the same provider, thus congesting the network.

        Meanwhile, WiFi- WiFi calls on Viber should generally be very clear and are free of such disruptions.

        * Thanks for the suggestion of the optional high-quality sound. We will consider it for future versions :)

        • Sylvia Waghmare

          Thanks for your reply. The 3G coverage in my area is quite good, I get 1 MB/s when downloading files. I am usually on my home network when I make calls through Viber. I have a 25 Mbit/s symmetric fiber connection on a Wireless-N 5 Ghz network. I’m sitting 5 meters away from the router, so everything should be pretty optimal on my end.

          The fun thing is, I often get a more stable connection on 3G (even when there is no other traffic on my network/internet connection)! Meaning I often get a yellow or red light on Viber when the conversation happens over WiFi, and I get a lot of drop-outs. Is the indicator specific to my network, or will I get a red/yellow light if the person I’m talking to has a bad connection while mine is “perfect”?

          I have a phone running Android 4.0, an iPod Touch 4G and 3rd gen iPad. The behavior is the same on all devices. Skype and Gtalk voice calls are perfectly stable on all of them, so the problem is likely Viber. I will say though that this problem has improved with your latest version, but there are still glitches, and I find the general sound quality inferior to both Skype and Gtalk. Their sound seems clearer and with less artifacts.

          An optional high-bitrate sound feature would be great! As far as I know it is possible to get stereo mic’s for Apple-devices and stereo headsets for practically all devices, so an option for stereo-sound would also be appreciated :)

          • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

            If at least one of the sides has bad connection, then it would naturally affect the whole conversation, and red or yellow would appear on both sides.

            Note that Viber does not officially support iPods and iPads, and this may be a part of the problem here. In our official HelpDesk, at http://helpme.viber.com , you may find the full list of officially compatible devices on all the different operating systems.

            Regards :)