Viber adds doodle option to Android messaging app

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Viber is rolling out an updated version of its over-the-top messaging and voice application for Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android, adding a new doodle option allowing users to draw over photos or paint images they share with contacts. Viber users can leverage the doodle feature to add notes to friends or personalize photos with special messages. The new feature will expand to Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS in the next few weeks.

Viber 3.1 for Android also brings new features including a "seen" status update letting users know when their message is viewed by the recipient as well as new emoticons, improved desktop support on Windows and Mac devices, and bug fixes. Viber is also supporting 16 new languages: Croatian, Czech, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Thai, Tagalog and Ukrainian.

Viber lets consumers send free text messages, photos and location updates and make free, HD-quality calls over 3G/4G or Wi-Fi connections across mobile operating systems including Android, iOS, BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) and Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone. The app now touts more than 200 million users across 193 countries, up from 175 million earlier this year. Viber Media CEO Talmon Marco recently said the company plans to introduce value-added services designed to monetize its platform, but he promised the app's core calling and messaging services will remain free.

Last week, the Syrian Electronic Army hacker alliance gained access to a handful of Viber email accounts via phishing attack, and the data they recovered enabled the group to deface Viber's support site and App Store account page. "We want to reassure users that this has no impact on the security of the Viber App, Viber System, our databases, user information, etc.," the company said this weekend. "It's merely an unfortunate nuisance."

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