Messaging app company Viber announced its latest release, available for Android and iOS users, which includes a redesigned interface for video calling and improvements to voice calls.
The company’s head of product, Ofir Eyal, claimed update v5.5 took into account feedback from its users, and it became clear that users “enjoy Viber for more than just text messaging”.
Viber said almost 250 million video calls are made on the app each month, and its latest update provides users with more intuitive triggers for starting video calls from various places within the app.
The updates also place an emphasis on keeping data usage “down to a minimum”, when using the app.
The company says an audio call now requires 48KB of data per minute on a 2G connection. This increases to a maximum of 244KB a minute on 3G and a maximum of 416KB per minute on 4G or Wi-Fi.
Other updates includes changes to the way users can share contacts and content within the app.
Viber users can now share contacts from their phonebooks via a Viber message, and the recipient can easily save the information. URL links can also be dropped into a chat, with a preview of the content.
Rounding off the update is the introduction of more than 500 sticker packs for users to choose from, which are available worldwide.
“This update makes it easier for people to share richer content within their messages,” said Eyal.
“With improvements to our voice call quality and our video calls interface, plus fun features like animated stickers, we are growing and maintaining a strong global user base by increasing engagement within the app”.