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Viber Gets a Fresh Facelift with Lightning-Speed Chats

The popular messaging app Viber to offer users a beautiful and remarkably efficient chatting experience with messages sent and delivered at twice the speed, and delivery status updates

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TEL AVIV – August 2018 – Viber, the leading messaging app, celebrates a chatting experience makeover offering its 1 billion registered users the power to exchange messages at twice the speed. Additionally, Viber is rolling out it’s new and improved design for a faster chat flow and a chat platform that isn’t just easy but beautiful.

Have you ever been chatting with a friend and wondered: Did they even open my message? What is taking them so long to respond? Viber is now taking instant messaging to ‘ultra’ real-time level by making it easier than before to keep tabs on all of your friends and all of your chats with it’s Viber chat screen facelift. As a part of Viber’s makeover, users are now a part of a Viber community with:

  • Faster messages than ever before: Messages can now be delivered twice as fast as before so your chats will flow more naturally and move along more quickly and eliminate the panic of an unanswered text.
  • Quicker message status icons: New icons for message delivery statuses reflect our new faster sending time. Now you can see more quickly whether your recipient has read your message. means your message is sent, ✓✓ means your message has been delivered to your recipient’s phone and ✓✓ means your recipient has seen your message.
  • Bigger & brighter chat bubbles: To give more focus and attention on the chat content, Viber presents a brighter chat color scheme and bigger chat bubbles, to show more content in the screen and making it easy for users to see more at one glance.
  • A sharper GIF, photo and video experience: A picture’s worth a thousand words, and who doesn’t love sharing photos with friends and family in chats. Now, when you receive photos or videos, you will see them in bigger, higher quality thumbnails in your chat screen.

Additionally, Viber boasts end-to-end encryption, making it the safest messenger out there. Users know that by using Viber their data and content isn’t shared with third parties, while even Viber itself can’t access it – giving them 100% privacy.

“Providing an exceptional communication experience to the hundreds of millions of people using Viber passionately every day? is what drives us for constant innovation. We wanted to give our users a fresh stunning look, that not only looked good but really runs better from the inside out” says Ofir Eyal, VP Product of Viber. “Everything we do revolves around how we communicate with each other and how we ultimately connect. Now, no matter where our users are located around the world, they will have the fastest service available all without compromising a fun, quirky and visually stunning chat experience.”

The new faster chat screen experience is globally available for all iPhone users and will be rolled out soon to Android users.

Experience the new, fresh chat screen with faster messages when you update to the latest version of Viber today:


About Rakuten Viber:


At Rakuten Viber, we connect people. No matter who they are, or where they are from. Our global user base has access to a range of features like one-on-one chats, video calls, group messaging, and updates and discussions with their favorite brands and celebrities. We ensure our users have a secure and free environment to share their emotions.


Rakuten Viber is part of Rakuten Inc., a world leader in e-commerce and financial services. It is the official communication channel of FC Barcelona, and the official instant messaging and calling app partner of the Golden State Warriors.


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About Rakuten:

Rakuten, Inc. (TSE: 4755) is a global leader in internet services that empower individuals, communities, businesses and society. Founded in Tokyo in 1997 as an online marketplace, Rakuten has expanded to offer services in e-commerce, fintech, digital content and communications to more than 1 billion members around the world. Since 2012, Rakuten has ranked in the top 20 of Forbes Magazine’s annual “World’s Most Innovative Companies” list. The Rakuten Group has over 14,000 employees, and operations in 29 countries and regions.



Djamel Agaoua, CEO at Viber

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