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Viber is a cross-platform instant messaging and VoIP application for smartphones developed by Viber Media, which was founded by American-Israeli entrepreneur Talmon Marco. The app was initially launched on December 2, 2010 for Apple’s iPhone and has since been extended to users on Android, iPhone, iPod touch, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and other operating systems and devices.

In addition to text messaging, users can exchange images, video and audio media messages. When it reached a user base of 90 million users as of July 24, 2012, Viber launched group messaging and HD Voice service for Android and iPhone. These features were eventually extended to Windows Phone 7 users on Nokia-branded wireless devices as of September 22, 2012. Windows Phone 8 voice was slated to be coming “very soon” on January 8, 2013 before finally being released on April 2, 2013. Due to OS limitations, there is no word yet on when Series 40 devices will get these features.

A Windows 8 version of Viber was released in December. A version for BlackBerry 10 was confirmed with OS version 10.2 but then later scrapped by the company. However, the company decided to release the app in late April 2014. The latest operating system release of the app, Viber for Windows 10, was first unveiled at Microsoft’s Build conference in 2015.

In February 2014, Viber was acquired by Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten.

Currently, the Viber application is available in 10 languages, including Arabic, English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. The app reached 200 million users as of May 7, 2013. By the start of 2014, this number had increased to 300 million.


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