Viber, a mobile platform which offers free messaging and HD-quality phone calls, yesterday rolled out a new version of its app on the BlackBerry platform with new features and enhancements.
This piece of news came shortly after BlackBerry releases its native chat messenger BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) on iOS and Android platforms. Just like how BlackBerry is trying to target the iOS and Android crowd with BBM, Viber is similarly drumming up interest with folks on BlackBerry smartphones.
The new release includes features like user images in conversations, a new seen status to let users know when their messages have been viewed, improved privacy settings, custom location sharing and multiple design enhancements and bug fixes. Additionally, the app now supports Bahasa Indonesia.
According to data from IDC, Indonesia accounts for 15 percent of global users on BlackBerry smartphones. Viber declined to reveal user numbers for Indonesia. Globally, the company has over 200 million users in 193 countries.
Talmon Marco, CEO, Viber said that BlackBerry is the third largest mobile user base for Viber. He added, “Our continued support for the community of Viber users on the platform goes hand-in-hand with our efforts to reach the broadest possible audience of users around the world.”