Viber enhances BlackBerry app with new features, minor design tweaks

Viber may have brought its most highly requested feature, VoIP calling, to BlackBerry users way back in April. Still, that's not to say the Skype competitor is quite done polishing its application on older versions of BlackBerry's OS -- namely, 5, 6 and 7. For starters, conversations have been enhanced with the ability to insert user images, while a new "seen" status lets you know when a recipient has viewed messages you've sent. Rounding up the update are some light design changes and improved location sharing/privacy settings, which allow folks to have more customization options throughout the app. Be sure to keep an eye on the BlackBerry World store, as this new version of Viber is expected be rolling out in the next few hours.

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VIBER UNVEILS NEW BLACKBERRY VERSION WITH MULTIPLE FEATURE ENHANCEMENTS

Viber Continues To Show Strong Support For Its BlackBerry Users Who Represent The Third Largest Mobile User Base Of Viber; New Version Upgrades Several Important Features Of The App

LONDON – October 24, 2013, Viber, the leading mobile communications platform offering free messaging and HD-quality phone calls, unveiled today a new version of its app for BlackBerry with multiple new features and enhancements.

The new release adds functionality to the Viber BlackBerry app. The release includes:

User images in conversations
A new seen status to let users know when their messages have been viewed
Improved privacy settings
Custom location sharing
Multiple additional design enhancements and bug fixes
"BlackBerry is the third largest mobile user base for Viber and is an integral part of our strategy to reach users of multiple platforms," said Talmon Marco, CEO of Viber. "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."

On top of the new features, the new BlackBerry version has also been translated into Bahasa Indonesian, allowing Viber users who speak the language to easily access the app.

About Viber:

Viber is developed by Viber Media, a pioneering mobile messaging and VoIP company. Viber lets everyone in the world connect. Freely. Viber users can send free text messages, photo messages, share locations anywhere in the world, and make free, HD-quality calls on iPhone®, Android,™ Windows Phone, BlackBerry®, Windows®, Mac, Symbian, Nokia S40 and Bada devices over 3G/4G or WiFi connections. With more than 200 million users in 193 countries, Viber is constantly innovating by introducing new platforms and adding fun new features including stickers and emoticons.