Telegram vs Viber
Last updated: July 23, 2017
Telegram is a messaging app with a focus on speed and security. It’s super-fast, simple, secure and free. Telegram seamlessly syncs across all of your devices and can be used on desktops, tablets and phones alike. You can send an unlimited amount of messages, photos, videos and files of any type (.doc, .zip, .pdf, etc.). Telegram groups have up to 200 people and you can send broadcasts to up to 100 contacts at a time. Be sure to check our website for a list of Telegram apps for all platforms. Telegram alternatives for business are Slack, Hipchat, Microsoft Teams
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 Telegram and Viber:
23.07.17. Viber acquired shopping keyboard startup Chatter Commerce. Messaging app Viber earlier this year made its first foray into shopping services with Instant Shopping, a feature that lets you search for items for sale via a keyboard when you have the messaging app open. Today, the company has acquired Chatter Commerce, the startup that helped build that feature. That's how Viber wants to catch up with alternatives. According to rumors, Amazon is building a consumer-focused messaging app. With Facebook also adding in more transactional features into Messenger — part of a huge expansion that has taken it beyond basic chat and into bots and other services — there is a clear trend among messaging apps to leverage engagement they already have with their users to drive their business in other ways.
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.
05.01.17. Telegram adds unsend feature. Messaging app Telegram adds “unsend” feature which lets users retrieve (i.e. delete) messages within two days of sending them. Secure messenger Signal also recently added an ephemeral messaging feature, back in October — albeit for ‘tidiness’, not privacy. Telegram’s unsend feature works within one-to-one and group messaging scenarios, and has to be enacted within the 48 hour window. It says the idea is to serve users with ‘morning after messaging regret’ by letting them scrub stuff they wish they’d never said.
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.
13.04.16. Telegram released Bot Platform 2.0. Messaging platform Telegram announced a 2.0 update to its bot platform - the biggest update since launch last year. The update brings the ability for devs to build bots that can send any type of content supported on Telegram, such as documents, MP3s, videos, stickers, animations and contacts; support for location-based services; and the ability to deeply integrate with other services based on users’ phone numbers. It’s also adding inline keyboards that can be structured to mesh with a particular bot’s messages — so users can tap on pre-determined buttons to respond to the bot, rather than needing to type out specific instructions. Telegram has built four sample bots to show off the new features: @music, a bot for searching for and sharing classical music; @youtube, a bot for searching and sharing YouTube videos; @foursquare, a bot for finding nearby restaurants and places to share addresses with friends; and @sticker, a bot for finding stickers using — you guessed it — emoji as the start point for a sticker search.
24.09.15. Telegram launched public chats - Channels. Secure messenger Telegram added new feature, that will be usefull for business - Channels. It's a new tool for broadcasting your messages to large audiences. Channels replace the old Broadcast lists and are better in every way. They can have an unlimited number of members, they can be public with a permanent URL and each post in a channel has its own view counter. Views from forwarded copies of your messages will be included in the total count. Last but not least, new members can see the entire message history in a channel once they join — all the way to day one. Channels are available in Telegram's iOS and Android apps.
25.06.15. Telegram now lets developers create smart chat-bots . Popular messenger Telegram has launched a new Bot platform that allows third-party developers to create Bots which are simply Telegram accounts operated by software sporting AI-like features. Examples of this might be an image bot integrated with the Bing Image search API or support bot that can resolve your issue step-by-step. Bots can even provide custom keyboards, so users will not have to type anything. New Bot developers only needed a few hours to build these bots. They just generate a key with @BotFather and use a simple https API to control the bot. Telegram Bots can also go viral. Any forwarded message contains a link to its original sender. This means any message from your bot forwarded to a person or group is a messaging equivalent of a retweet – thus making bots inherently viral. All bots have an Add To Group and a Share button as well.
12.12.14. Telegram messenger is attracting business teams. Messaging app Telegram, that makes a great play of its secure, encrypted platform, is going after a more business-focused, demanding niche than its competitor WhatsApp. Creator, Pavel Durov, says that there are more and more small teams switching their collaboration from e-mail to Telegram. Telegram can basically solve some of the same tasks but is more secure and several times faster. Durov says a potential key to Telegram’s rising popularity is that users like the ability to sync their Telegram mobile messages with Telegram’s desktop and tablet apps. This is something they can’t do on Whatsapp, which has a largely consumer base in emerging markets. Thus more key tasks, such as for business like sharing documents and files, are easier on Telegram. Telegram now claims to have over 50 million monthly active users, sending 1 billion messages daily.
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
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. 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?