Samsung Launches ChatON, A Cross-Platform Mobile Chat Service

Samsung hopes to compete with RIM’s BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) with the announcement of their newest service, ChatON. ChatON, which is expected to launch in September, will be showcased at IFA this week.

It is an interesting launch for Samsung, mainly because it will support a variety of mobile operating systems, including Samsung’s own Bada OS, Android, feature phones, and even competitors’ platforms, such as iOS and BlackBerry (Unlike BBM or iMessage).

Along with supporting mobile chat, ChatON will offer a web-based client that allows users to chat from their PCs as well. Users can have private 1-to-1 conversations or participate in group chats. ChatOn also supports sharing media, like photos, videos, voice messages, and contacts.


On feature phones, the service allows for text, images, calendar appointments, and contact sharing. But on smartphones, users will have a few extra options, such as the ability to comment on friends’ profiles, send multimedia messages that combine text and audio, and view their own “Interaction Rank,” which displays how active they are on the ChatOn network.

ChatON will go live next month in over 120 countries and 62 languages.

I’m personally excited for this service, because I would like to see how well it works in comparison to WhatsApp and other free messaging apps.

Source TechCrunch


  • Ian Luis

    wow expecting a lot from samsun ! 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Huh do we need another chat service?  

  • Anonymous

    I’ll check out any of these group chat apps. The problem is getting a few friends to do the same. No matter how good a group chat app is, if you can’t get friends to use it, its worthless.

  • Expecting a lot from this. Lets see if this is as it should be, better than whatsApp which sucks :S.

  • Jaymoon

    It hasn’t technically “launched” (as the title implies) if it’s not available until next month.

    •  I also wanna know more information about this point. When will it be applied to use after the launch announcement?

  • gustavo mattos

    Hey I want to know the exact date when this app will be able to downdload from samsung website. It sounds great.

  • Not avaliable in Canada D:!!!