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Viber 12.6.0.5 Update Doubles the Max Participants on Group Calls to 20

Because of the increasing concern over the coronavirus pandemic, popular messaging app Viber has announced it will double the number of participants in group calls.

Amid numerous countries already declaring an emergency state, and as many having residents quarantined, the Japanese cross-platform voice over IP and messaging software has decided to make things easier for those stuck at home by keeping communications between families and work colleagues up to date and accessible.

Trying to Make Things Easier

Starting with this week, thanks to the new 12.6.0.5 update, up to 20 people will be able to participate in a group call. Through the Viber messaging app, all communications, such as calls, texts, images, and documents, are end-to-end encrypted, and nothing gets permanently stored on the app’s servers.

The app and its services are free to use and available to anyone all over the world with an Android or iOS-powered device.

“We’re committed to finding more ways for people to connect in groups during this challenging time without having to be physically in the same place,” said Ofir Eyal, chief operating officer of Rakuten Viber. “With more people working remotely, in response to the spread of the coronavirus, we want to do our part in order to ensure that people have a safe and secure environment to stay connected with loved ones and to be able to continue to do their jobs from wherever they are.”

Viber Messenger 12.6.0.5 Update

As we mentioned above, the Viber Messenger 12.6.0.5 update doubled the maximum participants on a group call to 20 people at once, so it’s easier and safer for anyone to stay connected with others in such a time of crisis.

Moreover, a new feature that developers intended to release for some time now is also available: the video trimmer. The new feature allows you to cut your videos before sending them.

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