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Viber is by now widely known for its free calling and messaging services, both on PCs and mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

The application is however best known for its heroics in the world of voice and video calling, providing its users with high quality free services regardless of their location.

A new Viber 5.5 for Android and iOS users has been made available for download by this company. The app is readily available via the Play Store for those on the Android OS while the iTunes App Store is the location where the iOS version of Viber 5.5 has been uploaded. Just recently, Viber began making its stance in the U.S. known by rolling out a bunch of new features targeting this market niche.

Viber is used by millions across the globe, why not you?

Viber free calling and messaging service kick-started in 2010, but the service was only available for those using the iOS devices. As the popularity of the messenger grew, the Android users joined in and eventually, the app was made available for almost all major mobile operating systems, among them Windows Phone, BlackBerry and Symbian. Those using Linux, Windows OS and Mac OS X were also not left behind; something that has ensured the app’s user base growing day in day out.

As of now, Viber has over 606 million monthly active users. However, the largest percentage of this group is based in Asia and its environs. Now that Rakuten, the company that bought Viber for a reported fee of 900 million, has realized the potential of the messenger in Asia, it has started embarking on spreading the services of the app to other markets, with a major focus on the U.S. market.

The growth of Viber’s presence in western markets has been hindered by the dominance of apps such as Facebook Messenger, Skype and WhatsApp; all of which have established markets in the U.S. and other regions, including Asia. According to a recent revelation, the millions who own this app account for about 200 million video calls on a monthly basis.

Why should you update to Viber 5.5 on your Android or iOS device now?

Just like any other new version of an app, Viber 5.5 comes in with new things, be it features or performance improvements. One of the most interesting additions is the ability to restrict data usage when using mobile networks.

In a recent update, WhatsApp introduced a similar feature for the voice calling service where users can reduce the amount of data used during WhatsApp voice calls. If you update to the new Viber 5.5 on Android or iOS, you will also be able to do this via the Media section of the Viber settings’ page. This new move by Viber is an indicator that the developers are aware of its increasing usage in developing nations. In these regions, internet connections are still poor and as such, the need to provide optimized usage of mobile data is paramount.

The upgraded version also comes in with a new UI for making video calls as well as enhanced performance during voice calls.