Line vs Viber
Last updated: July 27, 2022
Mobile messenger app with various stickers and free voice & video calls over 3G/4G & Wi-Fi.
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.
Line 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.
2016. Messenger Line introduced bots
Line has enabled developers to create bots for its messaging up. Line is initially capping things with just 10,000 ‘trial’ bots open on a first come, first serve basis. Bots will be limited to 50 friends — or 50 accounts that they serve — which is further proof that this is a very much a test before a wider rollout. There’s nothing much to speak of right now for end users, but with the tech now in the hands of developers, we could see the first Line bots roll out soon. Facebook is also expected to open its Messenger platform for bots at its F8 event next week.
2016. Messenger Line now allows to create group calls with up to 200 friends
Mobile messaging service Line has supported one-on-one video and voice calling for some time and now has added support for group voice calls with up to 200 people concurrently. It's likely a business feature, and Line said it has aspirations of replacing some enterprise calling systems. A feature like this might help Line stand out from the crowd, though, which includes Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. Aside from more than a billion active users, Messenger offers video and voice calling, while WhatsApp added voice last year and is rumored to be adding video soon. Neither supports mass calls right now so this new addition puts the spotlight on Line calling.
2015. Messenger Line adds end-to-end encryption
Japan-based messenger Line is finally bringing end-to-end encryption to its mobile messaging service, which is used by over 211 million people worldwide each month. The new security feature, dubbed ‘Letter Sealing’, will bring encryption to messages and features on the service, starting with one-on-one chats and the service’s location-sharing feature, on its mobile and desktop apps. The feature is only activated when all parties interacting have it present on their device. Initially, users must switch on encryption themselves — the setting is buried inside menus — which could impact the initial rollout. But Line plans to switch it on by default for all users soon, initially it is only default for those with one Android device registered to their account. There are plans to add encrypted sealing to Line for desktop and other operating systems over time, too.