Kik vs Viber

Last updated: July 27, 2022

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Kik
chat on your terms. Looking for a new and engaging way to interact with your audience? Have amazing content or a cool experience you'd love to get discovered? Kik offers brands and content providers unique ways to talk with their fans, and find new followers too!
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Viber
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.
Kik vs Viber in our news:

2022. Messaging app Viber launches Payments - a new digital wallet



Viber, the messaging app owned by Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten, is launching Payments on Viber — a new service that will let users set up digital wallets tied to their Viber accounts. Linked to other bank accounts as well as Visa and Mastercard, Payments wallets can in turn be used to make bill payments and buy goods, as well as transfer money to other individuals. Peer-to-peer transfers will be the first of these services to launch, and these will be free. Services like payments to businesses likely will have some fees attached. The service is being launched first in two markets — Germany and Greece — with the plan being to extend that to the rest of Europe, and then Viber’s wider global footprint of 180 countries, this year and next.


2020. Viber launches group video calls for 20 users


Viber becomes the latest platform for launch a Group Video Calls feature, enabling large meetings and online classes. The new feature will enable group video calls of up to 20 people with unlimited duration. Viber already has a lot of success with Group Audio Calls (up to 20 people), and group chats (up to 250 people) so in light of the current situation, Viber has also started to add video to its capabilities. Group Video Calls show the speaker to all participants but users can also choose to pin any video to their screen during the call – their own or other participant’s video. Users can also mute themselves, or disable video during the call, as well as see if other participants are on mute or their video is turned off.


2017. 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.


2017. 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.


2017. 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.


2016. 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.


2016. 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.


2015. Messenger Kik adds QR codes to connect users and brands


Mobile messenger Kik is borrowing a hallmark of WeChat: QR codes to enable a range of interactions right from the app, such as buying a soda or printing a photo. That kind of engagement is the longterm goal for Kik but, comparatively speaking, ‘Kik Codes’ are starting out very basic. Scanning can connect two users, add new participants to a group chat or — perhaps most interestingly — connect a user with a brand on the service. Kik introduced promoted chats last year to let brands like Burger King into its service in an official capacity. The company said today that over 16 million users have chatted with branded bots, with over half a billion messages exchanged, and Kik Codes play nicely on that concept. For example, a Code that offers a free pizza or money offer incentive can trigger a scan from a user — with the code, that connection would be far harder to facilitate.


2015. Messenger Kik raised $50M



Kik, the Canadian company behind the messaging app of the same name has announced $50M worth of funding from Tencent, maker of WeChat. Kik always remained innovative in a space that has seen players come and go quicker than ever before. It makes money, too. Kik currently sits at number 30 in the top free apps on the App Store, 7th in social networking (both in the US). By working with Tencent, the idea is that Kik can compete with monsters in messaging, like Facebook, by being innovative and trying new things until it finds something that sticks…which Tencent has done extremely well.


2015. Messenger Kik unveiled in-chat web browser



Kik continues putting the entire web in chat after upgrading its in-app sidebar browser into a full-blown browser for its messaging app. The change means that Kik users can now summon a full browser inside their chats with co-workers. Previously the browser was limited, since it was loaded from the sidebar as part of the chat window. This change translates to a more immersive experience, which lets Kik’s 200 million registered users surf the web while talking. It also gives them the option to easily share web pages and services in chats. That’s important for a number of reasons. For one thing, Kik’s content platform is based on HTML. The company has plans to launch a payments service this year, and subsequently introduce commerce and other services inside its app, based on HTML and the browser experience.