Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on T Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on Twitter, Angel List, LinkedIn.
Viber, the free calling and messaging app that Rakuten bought for $900 million, has released a significant update for its iOS app that introduces a new flat design and a number of additional features.
Viber for iOS 4.2 now sports an iOS 7-like layout — which the company describes as “clean and flat” — with a stronger focus on multimedia. Users can now share multiple images at the same time, while they can also record and share longer video messaging and block specific phone numbers. Finally, the indicator that the other person is typing has been switched on for the Android tablet app, and its Linux, Windows and Mac versions.
Rakuten recently told us that it has plans to integrate Viber with its e-commerce services, so the app’s 200 million-plus users can expect plenty more changes in the future.
Related: Rakuten’s $900 million strategy is to transform Viber into Line. But it won’t be easy.
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