Viber 4.0 for Android and iPhone Brings New Sticker Store, Push To Talk Capability, and Android Tablet Support

Viber has announced the release of the next evolution of its mobile messaging platform today. Version 4.0 is rolling out to iPhone and Android devices.

This update is very significant for the platform, bringing an all-new Sticker Market with a wider array of new stickers to boot. These stickers are both free and paid, marking the first time in which Viber has brought monetized features to its users. Additionally, the market will feature exclusive content tied into timely events and holidays throughout the year and will be regularly updated with new content to make messaging relevant and more personal.

According to Viber, users have “reacted enthusiastically” to the app’s stickers thus far. In addition to the much-beloved Violet character that has become synonymous with Viber, the company has also introduced two new characters: Mayo and Blue, along with an assortment of new personalities to help friends express themselves in messages in new ways.

One of the other most notable additions in this release is the introduction of the Viber app’s new Push to Talk feature, which allows Viber users to send short voice messages to each other a la Voxer, except overall faster, since Viber’s solution records, sends, downloads and plays Push to Talk messages simultaneously while apps such as Voxer do them separately. This cuts the average response time for Push to Talk messages significantly. For instance, a 15 second message is 4-6 seconds, rather than 45-60 seconds.

“This is the most exciting release we’ve had for Viber since we launched the platform.”

“This is the most exciting release we’ve had for Viber since we launched the platform. Today’s updated version brings a vast new range of features and functionality to Viber,” said Talmon Marco, CEO of Viber. “Viber has always aimed to provide a complete communications experience. With the new features we’ve brought to the platform, Viber lets users connect and stay connected in more ways than ever.”

Another major change is the Viber app’s new support for Android tablets, allowing users to enjoy Viber on an unlimited number of Android tablets in addition to their smartphones. Viber’s support of Android tablets is similar to that of desktops, bringing the user’s mobile contacts to the tablet and providing full synchronization with messages and calls on the other devices.

Viber for Android tablets has arrived

Android specific enhancements beyond Android tablet compatibility include:

  • Improved notifications for Android 4.0 and up
  • Light Up Screen setting for incoming messages
  • Use Viber messaging while on a Viber call

Additional changes for both iPhone and Android include:

  • Message forwarding to any group or contact
  • Choose new conversation backgrounds from a custom background gallery
  • Group conversations with up to 100 participants

Get the new version of Viber right here and let us know how it’s working for you in the comments below!

  • Sadheep Bhardwaj

    Awesome

  • Jemma

    Neat update Viber work good so far

    • Thank you for using our service! 😉

      Enjoy.

  • Hi there,
    This is Dan from Viber.
    Thanks for reviewing our new release! We hope you love it as much as we do. 🙂
    If you have any questions feel free to contact me. We’d be happy to receive your feedback about the new and improved Viber. 😀

    Thanks!
    Viber Team

    • pipslvr

      Hey guys. Viber 4.0 is still not using the proximity sensor properly. Most apps like the phone app or Skype will totally shut off the screen, with the subsequent battery savings, when the phone is close to your face. Viber 4.0 and before just dims the screen to black so the backlit is still on, the phone feels warm on the face and obviously is using battery when it shouldn’t. Maybe you can take a look at it? Thanks!

      • Thanks for your feedback.

        we would appreciate if you could take a minute and report the
        details to our support team using this direct link:
        http://helpme.viber.com/index.php?/Tickets/Submit/RenderForm/1

        When
        you submit the ticket, in the line called: “Through which channel did
        you submit your initial inquiry”, please make sure to choose “Technical
        Forum”. With this information, our development team will hopefully be
        able to find the source of the problem, and ultimately resolve it.

        Thanks in advance 🙂

  • hosein

    Hi, i’m use viber from iran and i can’t buy striker, how do i can for this problem?

    • Hi,

      Please ensure that the Sticker Market is supported on your device.

      There are many free Sticker Packages on Viber for Desktop, which you can download here: http://bit.ly/Qxn8pt

  • Slavisos

    “your device doesn’t support in-app purchases…. How can buy a sticker?

    • Hello,

      If you are having trouble making in-app purchases, please check the following:
      1. Ensure that Google Play is installed on your device
      2. Ensure that you are signed in to your Google account.
      3. Ensure that you are residing in a country where in-app purchases are allowed by Google. For a list of these countries, please follow the link: http://bit.ly/1gJAwjp

      If you continue to experience issues with in-app purchases, there is likely a communication issue between your device and the Google Play Store which Viber is unable to troubleshoot.