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Viber vs. WeChat – Not As Popular As WhatsApp, But They Have More Features

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Most of the smartphone owners who are using the internet have installed a messaging application in order to be able to chat with their friends and families, wherever they go. Lately, many new applications have invaded the market, trying to convince more people to try them, but it’s very hard to get to the hearts of the loyal users of WhatsApp, Viber, WeChat and other messaging applications. Today, we’ll make a comparison between Viber and WeChat, which will influence your decision to install any of them. Maybe you’ll install both applications if your friends are using them.

Supported Platforms

Viber was launched in 2010, initially being available for iPhones. Now, it can be installed on devices running on Android, BlackBerry OS, Symbian, Bada, Windows Phone, Mac OS and Microsoft Windows. Also, there is a 64-bit Linux version which is available in two package formats: .deb and .rpm. Before installing the application on a computer, first it must be installed on a smartphone with a 3G/4G connection, or which is connected to a Wi-Fi network.

WeChat was launched two months later and it’s available on mobile devices running on Android, iPhone, BlackBerry OS, Windows Phone and Symbian, but there are also web-based, OS X and Windows clients. To access your account from a PC, first you will need to install the application on your phone, and use it for authentication.

Features

On WeChat, you can send text messages, voice messages, stickers, photos, videos, namecards, coupons, lucky money packages and even play with the “walkie talkie” feature. Plus, the character stickers called Tuzki can easily compete with Line’s stickers.

Viber has a Viber Out feature which allows you to make voice calls on landline and mobile devices, at the lowest rates. Other features involve sending free messages containing texts, pictures and videos, and of course, you can call other Viber users.

Backup Options

On Viber, you can backup only messages containing texts, not audio or video files. However, the backup can be restored only on the same device. WeChat has this option, so you can transfer your chat history to any device, but the backup is stored only for seven days on the server.