Viber 2.0 with text messaging support is finally here. The real drama: It was originally planned for February, at last released two days ago and just few hours latter removed from App Store due to critical bug.
OK, now it is here and there are few features you will rely enjoy on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.
Free text messaging (SMS)
Major feature in this version is ability to send free textual messages to other Viber users. Again it is done in manner like it is done in original iPhone Messages application. Clean and easy to use, with few specifics. Every message has a icon which describes its status: Sending, Sent, Delivered, Pending Connectivity.
Do not forget that this are not real SMS messages and that you can write them only to Viber users.
Instant account deactivation
There was many complaints regarding holding private data (address book, call logs) on Viber servers and unclear deactivate account procedure. Now, under a More tab, you can click on Deactivate Account option. It will deactivate application on your iPhone and remove all associated data from Viber servers.
Improved call mechanism
During the outgoing call, till now we could see only Calling and Answering statuses. Now, we there is new status “Ringing” which indicates that the connection is established. Note that this new status is available only if the other party has it’s Viber started (running in background is OK too). Otherwise, communication relays on iPhone push notifications and in that case there is no technical possibility to know is the Viber actually ringing.
Now there is “Continue and don’t show again” option when switching to regular carrier services – placing a call or sending a message to an non Viber users.
Favorites are moved up to Contacts tab.
Optimal usage reminder
As we already wrote on Official announcement – optimal usage of Viber for iPhone, Viber again reminds that it is best to keep application in background.