Viber the popular instant messaging app, and calling app for a cross-platform of smartphones was built by a group of partners in Israel. Apart from four of them being Israeli the group also had partners from Belorussia.
Original Authors of Viber
The program was originally written by Talmon Marco, the CEO and included Igor Magazinnik, Ofer Smocha, besides Sani Maroli under the aegis of Viber Media.
In 2010, the company chose to launch its disruptive service for the iPhone. It was immediately sought after by hundreds of users, as they recognized in it, an advanced alternative to Skype, the default Voice Over Internet Protocol. By 2011 of May, the popularity of the service, led the developers to offer an Android version. In its initial stages the program was restricted for the use of only 50,000 users. Nearly a year and a month later, the service was expanded for unrestricted use and released by July 2012. The same year saw the program released for other Operating Systems, Blackberry as well as Windows Phone.
The service saw quick user adoption and by 2012 of July, over 90 million users had already become part of the messaging service. Further services were included. These included the HD Voice engine which was integrated for both the Android Operating System as well as iPhone applications. The application was further evolved for other operating systems as well. These included the Nokia series, Samsung’s Bada OS, at the same timeline.
The delay in launching the service for the other OS was apparently due to technical issues with the OS itself, rather than Viber technology.
It was found that applications such as Bada, Windows Phone as well as Symbian had cores or internal components which were not aligned for technologies such as Voice Over Internet applications.
The service has gained in use across a wide range of users because of its multiple category application scope. From entertainment, to social chatting and networking, along with social campaigning for issues affecting the community are now simplified with this app.
As a free-calling service over the Internet it has proved to be a worthy product than several predecessors.