Viber is available for download on the Android Market.
Check out the Viber for Android Beta Review
When Viber announced that they had 1 million downloads in just 5 days after their release last December, we knew that something great was coming. Now Viber says that 10 million people have downloaded Viber for iPhone (including iPad and iPod touch).
As we already know, Viber will come to the Android platform in March and beta testing will begin somewhere near end of February. Although Viber CEO Talmon Marco told MobileCrunch that the Android version is in near-end development status, we did get a peek of one image showing the Android desktop with the Viber icon on it.
To celebrate 10 million downloads, Viber released a video clip which shortly presents the Android beta version and demonstrates a successful call from iPhone to Android.
We can see that the application is mainly the same as on the iPhone, but slightly adopted to fit Android standards. Even the ringtone is the same (sorry folks, no custom ringtones yet :().
We do not know if it can read the phone’s address book, if text messages are supported, and if it uses some sort of push notifications like the iPhone version.
One of the push-like solutions is Google’s Cloud To Device Messaging, but it is not released yet and it will require Android 2.2 as a minimum. Viber for Android will require 2.0. There are also interesting third-party push notification services on Android like Urban Airship which supports even Android 1.5, but we don’t know if Viber for Android 2.0 will work with it.
In the end, knowing how skilled the Viber developers are, it is most likely that they will come out with their own solution soon, and I can bet it will be awesome.
Enjoy the video, and do not forget: we are expecting text messaging for iPhone this month.