Viber

Mobile messaging and calling app Viber claims that it has crossed 40 million registered users in India, reports PTI. India is now the biggest market for Viber.

In 2013, Viber had 15 million registered users in India, although the exact number of active users was not disclosed. In February last year, Viber had claimed it had 300 million registered users and 105 million monthly active users globally. Note that Viber had been acquired by Japanese membership-based Internet services company Rakuten for $900 million, in February last year. At the time, 31.2% Viber users were in Asia, 24% in Western Europe, Middle East accounted for 12.3%, and South America had 9.8% of Viber users.

Public chats in India

In November last year, Viber introduced a new public chats service where users could follow and interact with personalities and celebrities like Narendra Modi, Sachin Tendulkar and Priyanka Chopra. These public chats, which are essentially group chats viewable by anyone on the service, allow only a limited number of users to post messages, pictures, stickers and videos. Earlier, in December 2013, Viber had launched a calling service, Viber Out, that will let users make calls to mobile phones and landlines around the world.

Founded in 2010, Viber allows users to chat, make free Viber-to-Viber calls, make international and domestic calls on landlines and mobiles (Skype-like) and has features like Viber Games, Viber Stickers etc across web and mobile. It claims to have over 500 million unique users in 193 countries.

Competition

In 2013, mobile messaging app WhatsApp had crossed 25 million monthly active users in India. This was up from 20 million monthly active users in August 2013, indicating that WhatsApp has added five million monthly active users in just three months. Globally, WhatsApp had claimed to have 300 million monthly active users in August 2013. Last week, WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum claimed that WhatsApp now has over 800 million monthly active users (MAUs) globally.

Bharti Softbank backed mobile messaging app Hike claimed to have over 35 million registered users with over 50% active every month (as of August 2014). Hike CEO Kavin Bharti Mittal had also claimed that around 90% users are from India of which over 80% of users are below 25 years. As per our calculations, at the time, Hike at least had 17.5 million monthly active users (MAUs) globally and around 16 million MAUs in India. In July last year, Hike claimed to have 20 million registered users in India, which was up from 15 million in February same year.

Japanese mobile messaging and calling app LINE had claimed to have 30 million registered users in India, in October last year. The company hadn’t disclosed the number of active users it had, but as of October 9th 2014, 170 million of its 560 million global users were active. That was approximately 30.35% of its base.

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