Viber Out Makes Cheap VoIP Calls
Viber today announced the worldwide launch of Viber Out. Viber Out is a new service that allows Viber users to make internet-based voice calls to other Viber users, as well as any landline or cell phone. Viber is able to use the user's own phone number when making calls, even though the calls are connected through the data plan and not the voice network. Viber Out charges low per-minute rates to most countries. Viber Out is available today for Android smartphones and the iPhone. Viber says it will support Windows Phone soon. In order to use Viber Out, customers will have to download the latest version of the Viber application and add credits to their account. Viber is a platform-agnostic messaging app. Now that it makes voice calls, it competes more directly with Skype.
Google's Voice Assistant Now Works with Some Chat Apps
Google today extended the voice capabilities of its Google Search app by allowing it to interact with third-party messaging apps. People can now issue commands such as "Ok Google, send a WhatsApp message" to initiate and dictate messages in a handful of popular messaging apps.
BlackBerry Delivers Significant Update to Priv and DTEK50
BlackBerry today began rolling out a series of software updates to its Android-based handsets, the Priv and DTEK50. The upgraded software adds new features and improves functionality across various apps.
Skype for iOS Gains Siri Support
Microsoft today released a new version of Skype for iOS 10 devices that includes support for Siri. Skype users can now initiate Skype calls by asking Siri to connect them.
Facebook Brings Free Video Calls to Messenger App
Facebook today said users of its Messenger application will soon be able to make free video calls to one another. The feature can be initiated with a single button and works over LTE 4G or WiFi.