Web calling service Viber has revealed a new update to its iOS and Android apps, adding video calling for the first time.
The move is a direct challenge to Microsoft–owned Skype, with Viber saying you’ll be able to chat face to face on even the ropiest of mobile connections. Don’t expect eyeball–stroking HD calls, but that is at least something.
The company, bought in a multi million dollar deal earlier this year by Rakuten, a Japanese e–commerce firm, has offered video calls on its desktop platform for some time. This should, however, give its messaging service an added boost in its fight with Skype and Apple’s own FaceTime.
Calls can be transferred from smartphone to desktop easily without having to hang up, while another new feature allows users to scan a QR code within the app to get all your contact details. Think of it like a less cumbersome business card and you get the picture.
Viber’s boss, Talmon Marco, told The Next Web that the company is planning three more major upgrades this year, with games set to be included in the app. Quite how that will work remains unclear, although it’s certainly an intriguing prospect.
Via The Next Web