Viber is available for download at Android Market.
If you want to know more about installation and activation process, please check out How do I install Viber?.
It took a while, but we finally received invitation mail for beta testers. Besides some general information regarding private beta period and few support links, it contains the link to form where you’ll have to fill in little bit more specific data, like exact device version and your phone number. After submitting it you’ll be forwarded to download page where you can download and install the viber.apk.
Installation procedure is like on the iPhone version, easy and straightforward. Just enter your phone number, and type in the activation code you received by SMS.
iPhone vs Android version
Why change something that is proven as good? So basically, Viber for Android is the same as the one for iPhone. Concept is the same, with slight Android like adjustments; buttons, arrows… Information about the missed calls and unread sms messages are also done in Android like way (icons on the top of screen). On Android version, you can set Viber as default call application! Right now it is not usable to much as the Viber itself is a only 6 months old project and there are not enough users on it, but still this is a cool feature.
When Viber is in background, incoming text message (SMS) on Android version will pop up in a small window. Unlike on iPhone, here you can type in your answer and send it without bringing the Viber to front. This popup can be disabled in Viber’s settings (under the “more” tab).
The settings view is also something what iPhone version currently does not have. There are only few settings to set: Enable popup, Contact images, Vibrate for messages and Vibrate dial-pad.
What is missing? Not much. There is no bluetooth support at all. We hope that this will be added in final version.
Bugs and issues
We are using Viber on HTC Desire S with Android 2.2, and we had no crashes or strange behaviors. It seems it is more stable than iPhone version which can crash from time to time. Really great experience.
On the known issues Viber’s page, there is a list of bugs that users reported. Mainly the issues which are already seen on iPhone version, like problems with activation code, sound quality etc.
As conclusion, we can only hope that we will not have to wait too much for final Android version.