SAN FRANCISCO. August 3, 2023 – Rakuten Viber, the global leader in private and secure messaging and voice-based communication, is launching new capabilities – Invisible Mode and Read Voice Messages, enhancing the privacy and ease of communication on the platform. The two features will be available exclusively on Viber Plus, the monthly subscription service offering premium features.
Sending voice messages is becoming increasingly popular. In fact, 62% of Americans have sent a voice message, while over 30% of Americans use this form of communication weekly, if not daily. However, voice messages are not the most convenient to listen to if you aren’t in a quiet and private setting. Viber’s new Read Voice Messages feature takes voice messages and transcribes them into text so any message can be securely read anytime, anywhere.
Viber is also launching Invisible Mode, taking read receipts one step further by allowing its subscribers to privately read messages and browse on the platform. Users will be able to see who is online while their own status shows offline. They can open messages without revealing that it’s been read until they’re ready.
“We are very excited to launch new features on Viber as we continue to drive our app’s capabilities forward. With such a wide user base, we want to continue expanding our services to offer seamless and easy-to-use communication tools that work for our global users,” says Ofir Eyal, CEO of Rakuten Viber. “Additionally, anonymity and privacy is what makes Viber a leading superapp. These features add new value to Viber Plus and boost the overall experience for our users.”
The two new offerings will join the suite of features already available through the Viber Plus subscription service to further enhance the Viber experience. For just $1.99 a month, Viber Plus subscribers will see no ads in Viber’s messaging platform and enjoy other exclusive features such as multiple app icon styles, personalized 1-on-1 support, and unlimited stickers, with many more enhancements coming soon.
To try out the service, users who have access can opt in by clicking ‘More’ in the bottom right corner of the app. All features available prior to this update, including text messaging and calling, remain completely free-to-use.
The features will be added to the premium service for iOS in the United States of America, Czech Republic, Montenegro, Switzerland, Kuwait, Australia, Tuvalu, Israel, Sweden, Austria, India, and Italy, with additional regions added on a rolling basis. Android users in the above regions will have access to Invisible mode in the next few weeks, with Read Voice Messages coming in September.
Rakuten Viber connects people. No matter who they are, or where they are from. The global user base has access to a range of features like one-on-one chats, video calls, group messaging, and updates and discussions with their favorite brands and celebrities. Viber ensures our users have a secure and free environment to share their emotions. Rakuten Viber is part of Rakuten Group, Inc., a world leader in e-commerce and financial services.