Tango vs Viber
Last updated: March 16, 2017
Tango is a free mobile video communications service that allows you to connect with friends and family to conveniently capture and share life’s every day moments. Tango works on the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and all Android 2.1 or later phones and tablets over 3G, 4G, and Wi-Fi, giving you the ultimate flexibility in how, where and with whom you communicate.
Viber is a mobile app that provides free international calls and text messages to other Viber users using 3G or Wi-Fi. Uses your existing contact list - check out which of your phone contacts and friends is already on Viber so that you can call and text them for free.
Latest news about Tango and Viber:
16.03.17. Viber introduced secret chats with self-destructing messages. Viber for iOS and Android got an update today that brings “Secret Chats” to the service for the first time. Like Snapchat, Facebook, Telegram and many others before it, Viber now enables its users to set a timer for their messages, after which they will self-destruct. The new feature also alerts a user if the person to whom they are talking takes a screenshot — that’s another feature that Snapchat pioneered. Viber appears to be pushing its security credentials in a bit to differentiate itself from the rest. It added end-to-end encryption and hidden chats last year.
23.02.17. Viber adds e-commerce feature. Messaging app Viber (owned by e-commerce company Rakuten) wants to monetize on e-commerce without turning to stupid advertising. Viber will start to present users with items for sale, inspired by your current chat, when you press a small shopping bag icon at the bottom of the screen and search for items. The feature is due to go live in the U.S. first, on March 6, before Viber looks to roll it out to other markets. Initially the shopping feature will not be letting users make purchases directly on Viber itself — they will either be redirected to the relevant page in a brand’s app via a deeplink.
10.11.16. Viber launched Public Accounts for businesses. Messaging app Viber is launching Public Accounts for businesses and brands who want to communicate with Viber users for marketing, customer service - or a bit of both, without a user needing to add that account as a contact first. Instead they can justsubscribe to them. Besides, by the end of November, Viber’s API will be integrated with between 10 and 15 popular CRM packages for customer service integration. Businesses can then send and read their Viber messages alongside all of their other social media, email and messaging interactions. Public Accounts puts Viber among several other consumer-focused messaging apps that already have similar feature: WeChat, Line and Facebook Messenger.
19.04.16. Viber adds end-to-end encryption and hidden chats. Following WhatsApp, another popular messaging app Viber is introducing end-to-end encryption for all messages and calls on its platform, including group chats (you can chat with up to 200 people), and a way to ‘hide’ chats on your account alongside its existing expanded deleting function. The new privacy features will work across Android, iOS, PCs and Mac desktops, with the encryption coming with the latest app update (6.0) and a reauthentication of the app (via QR Code) to turn the feature on. Viber’s encryption will come with varying levels of security, which will show up in the form of a color-coded lock on the right side of the screen.
13.05.15. Mobile messager Tango gets in-chat shop. Mobile messaging app Tango launched an in-app commerce service called Tango Shop, powered by two retail heavyweights, Alibaba and Walmart. The new shop is available as a new tab at the bottom of the app. Through a mixture of Tango’s own curation and learning from a user’s activity, it showcases items that can be bought inside the chat app. Payment and logistics are handled by the two partners. Tango said it takes a cut of each transaction. Despite Facebook’s recent activity turning Messenger into a platform, Tango is the first messaging app in the U.S. to offer such a service. It is initially live in the U.S. only, where most of Tango’s user base is located, but it will eventually roll out to other global markets.
20.11.14. Viber adds public chats. Messaging app Viber is launching a new social feature - Public Chats, giving users a way of using its direct messaging and voice services to broadcast to the world at large. Public Chats will see the introduction of live conversation streams — from celebrities, or other interesting people, that will be open for any follower to see, but not necessarily participate in. Users will only be able to jump in and talk in Public Chats if the account in question is in their contacts. Right now, there is no option for everyone to enable their streams to become part of the public mix but those who feel their chats are Public Chat-worthy can email email@example.com
28.08.14. Tango messenger adds new brand channels. Mobile messager Tango is adding new options to its Channels program for publishers and brands, including BuzzFeed and Vimeo. Tango’s Channels are something similar to Facebook Pages in that it gives consumers a way to subscribe to receive updates from publishers and other brands in the service. It’s not an advertising program per se, but by giving brands a home in Tango, it can feed into the company’s ad efforts. The list of new publishers suggests that Tango will continue expanding the entertainment side of the program. Recent additions include AOL On (AOL owns TechCrunch), Funny or Die, Hulu, Rhapsody, SoundCloud and Vevo, with the aforementioned BuzzFeed and Vimeo coming soon. Tango said there are more than 30 Channels total.
17.02.14. Japanese internet giant acquires Viber. Japanese company Rakuten acquires perhaps, the main Skype's rival right now - Viber for $900 million. And of course it remind of the recent fring acquisition by American company Genband, after which fring was transformed to white-label communnication platform for telecom providers. However, in this case don't worry about Viber. Rakuten isn't going to close it or trandform for it's specific business. They will just invest money in Viber hoping to win Skype and somehow return their investments (for example, by selling ViberOut voice call minutes). Ratuken is running diversified business by investing into internet startups. For example, they own the ebook platform Kobo, co-own Pinterest, Play.com and some other online projects. Recall, Viber - is a cross-platform instant messenger that supports free voice and video calling. At the moment, this service is used by about 300 million people.
2013. Viber now can call landline and mobile phones. Until now Microsoft wasn't touching Skype and most people continue to use it. But if MS take just one mistake step - there is a crowd of services that want to replace Skype as a defacto-standard of Internet communications. And the first in this crowd is Viber. This service gained considerable popularity (over 200 million users) thanks to mobile-first strategy and simple authorization via mobile number. And at the moment Viber and Skype are virtually identical in their features. Recently Viber eliminated, perhaps, the last gap - added the ability to call landline and mobile phones at cheap rates. Rates (as expected) - are slightly lower than Skype. For example, 2.5 cents to Indian landlines (4.5 cents to mobile phones), 2.3 cents to Mexico (9.9 cents to mobile), 2.3 cents to all China numbers and 1.9 cents to the U.K. (5.9 cents to mobile). This new feature works on Android, iPhone and Viber dektop (PC and Mac).
2013. Viber launched desktop version. Mobile video chat Viber managed to gain popularity while Skype was very slow in its moving to mobile platforms. And now it already has 200 million users and it seems to be the first in line of those services who wants to replace Skype as an independent communications app. Yesterday Viber released the desktop versions for PC and Mac. However, to start using them, you still have to install the mobile app first, because in Viber the accounts are linked to phone numbers. The most interesting feature in Viber's desktop version is that you can move seamlessly from desktop to smartphone and back without terminating the call. In addition, all messages (and contacts, of course) are automatically synced between the mobile and desktop versions and incoming call comes only to the device (computer) on which you are working right now.
2011. Nokia and Skype not in a hurry to bring videochat to Windows Phone. Today in London, Nokia unveiled its first smartphones on Windows Phone (Mango) platform - Lumia 710 and Lumia 800. In general, they haven't disappointed anyone. Stylish, high quality, fast and reliable smartphones with pre-installed Mobile Office and Outlook, integrated to Exchange, SkyDrive, SharePoint, Office 365 - will surely attract business users. Of course, the price $580 (Lumia 800) - is not much different from the iPhone, but otherwise it has all chances to compete with iPhone and Android-devices. The only big cons - is that Nokia Lumia has no front camera, which means it doesn't support video chat, so important for business users. Why wasn't it installed? Nokia representative said that they simply had not enough time. But this is not the most shocking news about the video chat on Windows Phone.
2011. Modern Interfaces: Tango for Windows. One of the Skype competitors, which appeared as a result of the growing mobile video chat popularity, Tango - has released an app for windows-desktops today. Previously, it worked only on smartphones and tablets running iOS and Android. This is certainly good news for those who use Tango, but for us another thing is more interesting. The fact is that Tango's windows-interface looks exactly like iPhone. Can you imagine what we have come to? Not so long ago the first mobile devices on Windows Mobile copied desktop interface (with icons and Start menu), so that people understood how to work with them. And now developers create desktop interfaces looking like mobile apps to make them more familiar for users. Of course, it's too early to talk about the Post-PC era, but the mobile devices can play on an equal footing with desktops.
2011. Tango launches Windows-apps, gets 42 million to replace Skype. After Microsoft's Skype acquisition we started looking for its replacement as of public communication service. And, apparently, not only we, but also the investors who want to raise money on this project. From now one of the main contenders for the Skype's place - is Tango. It has just closed $42 million in its Series B round of funding led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson, notably the first outside investors in Skype. Tango launched 18 months ago and already has 18 million users. Every 2 weeks it adds a million. Until now, Tango was a mobile service. It allowed to make video calls on iPhone, iPad and Android (smartphones and tablets). But now it introduced the Windows app, and soon plans to create the Mac-client. So how is Tango different from Skype?
2011. Viber takes on Skype with free HD VoIP calls. When VoIP-telephony lived mostly on desktops, it is difficult to imagine that someone could become a serious competitor for Skype. Even Google failed to solve this task. But now when the VoIP market is rapidly expanding to mobile devices, Skype can't feel so confident any more. Unlike the world of computers (where it was possible to develop single Windows-client), the world of mobile platforms is much more complicated. First, there are many of them, and second - it needs to develop the other VoIP technology. Therefore, the old rivals and even new startups are trying to take on Skype in the mobile VoIP sphere. Viber - is one of the newcomers. This service launched at the end of last year and has already attracted several millions of users. So by means of what Viber is going to beat Skype?