Viber releases its most significant upgrade for 2017.
Viber’s “Chat Extensions” now allow users to access through their “chat window” in a wide range of content from top applications and services such as “YouTube”, “Spotify”, “VICE media”, “Booking.com” and “GIPHY”. So users do not have to switch constantly between the different applications on their device.
This feature gives more than 800 million Viber users around the world access to third-party content and services directly through their “chat window”. So users enjoy a very enjoyable, uninterrupted chat experience as they can receive and share content that is important to them without ever leaving chat.
Users can now search through the “chat screen” with their contacts and share material such as their favorite “YouTube” videos, songs from “Spotify”, “GIPHY”, “Guggy” and “Getty” images, or schedule the perfect stay via “Booking.com”. Soon users will also have instant access to exciting and original content from “VICE media”.
One of the highlights of Viber’s new feature is the “YouTube” chat extension.“YouTube” videos are among the most popular links exchanged between users in their Viber conversations. Now the largest video platform in the world is accessible in the user’s chat screen. Users can search, share as well as view videos from “YouTube” without leaving their chat environment.
In addition to the very enjoyable video experience, Viber brings music and the ability to share music files to the overall user navigation within the messaging application. “Spotify”‘s new extension to Viber chat allows users to access their favorite music tracks and share them in their conversations at the touch of a button.
For the latest information on news, culture, nutrition, fashion, music, sports, technology, and others, Viber users do not have to look far beyond the “VICE” chat extension. The world’s leading media company for young people will have a conversation extension created to offer users original content through “chat”. “VICE” excels in creating exciting, authentic content for each platform.
“Viber’s chat extension platform is a fascinating environment for “VICE” stories”,
said Sterling Proffer, Senior Vice President, “VICE” Business Development & Strategy Manager.
“As we continue to dynamically increase the distribution of content between different applications, what is still the most important thing is the content itself. “VICE” stories can enrich any discussion. The availability of “VICE” content to 800 million Viber users is something we decided without a second thought”.
Users will also find that planning a trip during their conversation does not require the use of other applications. With “Booking.com”‘s extension, users can browse and share hotel choices with their travel companions at the same time they chat with them.
Bryan Batista, Senior Director of Global Corporate Affairs at “Booking.com”, adds:
“People plan their travels in many ways, including chatting through messaging apps with friends and acquaintances about accommodation choices. The creation of the “Booking.com” extension at Viber is complementary to the services we already offer. Users can chat with their contacts and at the same time search for listings and share the results of their searches”.
Along with these international co-operation, Viber is launching local services in Russia, Bulgaria, Hungary, the Philippines and other countries. Based on the API, selected content and service providers will be able to create their own conversation extensions, allowing users to further enrich their conversations.
“Our goal is to offer our users a chat experience that can not be found on any other messaging platform. We want to offer an easy way to import chat content without the user having to go to other applications or search engines on the internet”,
said Djamel Agaoua, Managing Director of Viber.
“At this stage, we have identified the most important features users want to see on the platform and have focused exclusively on them. We are excited to be the first major messaging application to offer a complete user experience while maintaining our platform simple and friendly. This feature is just one of the ways we develop Viber to become the messaging application of the future. Our vision is to evolve into a platform that will host all the services a user needs on a daily basis“.
Viber’s new chat extensions will be phased out and will be available around the world in the coming days.
You can download Viber on devices running “Android” and “iOS”.
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