When you think of messaging apps, you probably think of WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and one of Google’s 47 attempts. As mainstream as these services are, they aren’t the only options you can find for texting your friends and loved ones. Viber isn’t such a household name, but it’s been quietly popular for years. Today it has passed the one billion installs milestone, marking its place among other hugely successful apps like Google Messages and Snapchat.
In a shocking turn of events, Viber managed to hit that milestone ahead of some of its closest rivals, including LINE and Telegram. In addition to reaching a wide audience across Eastern Europe and Asia, the app’s recent popularity was likely boosted by the pandemic, when users suddenly began looking for ways to keep in touch with friends and family over the internet. Since Viber is cross-platform, it’s an easy choice for Android users to hook up without leaving their iPhone owners behind. The latest additions to the app have made it perfect for group video calling, supporting up to 30 users at the same time in a single conversation.
Other additions, like GIF creation tools and a built-in note-taking utility, helped set the app apart from the competition. If you’re tired of grappling with the ups and downs of WhatsApp privacy and the ongoing death of Hangouts, this may be the perfect time to give Viber a shot. You can download the app from the Play Store link below or download the latest APK from APK Mirror.