Samsung to break champagne for ChatON - its cross-platform mobile messaging service

Samsung to break champagne for ChatON - its cross-platform mobile messaging service
Slated to appear on all major mobile platforms, Samsung's new ChatON service, which will be unveiled in September, seems to be a direct take on iMessage, or BBM, which, however, are proprietary, and the rumored pan-Android Google Talk expansion.

ChatON can be run on Android, iOS, BlackBerry and bada OS devices, as well as on featurephones. Windows Phone was conspicuously missing from the news piece, but we will wait for the official presentation to see if it's included. ChatON should be showcased at the IFA Expo this week, and is supposed to go live in 120 countries and 62 world languages.

The featurephone version will be more basic, allowing users to do group chat, or share text, images, video, calendar entries, voice messages and contacts. The smartphone variance tops it off with a few perks like the so-called Interaction Rank, marking how active a user is at ChatON, as well as user profile comments. There will also be an Animation message, which combines text and audio. Have a look at the brief ChatON presentation in the video below.

The service itself is not revolutionary, there are plenty of cross-platform messaging apps, like WhatsApp Messenger, but the sheer fact that it comes from Samsung shows how dedicated the manufacturer is to further differentiate itself in the mobile business, by slowly building its own ecosystem, and delivering on its promise to focus on software. Now if it could only get those new hires to start working on TouchWiz asap.

source: Samsung via SammyHub


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22 Comments

1. Kingk unregistered

ChatOn is available on bada2.0 alpha roms( leaked).

2. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Cosidering that Samsung's Focus is considered to be the flagship W7 devices and that a GS2 varient for Windows is coming, the snub of Microsoft's OS is strange. But otherwise, bully for Samsung. This is a great idea and if done well could be a major selling point for Them. Boy, there will be no living with Peter from Sweden if Bada is included in this and Windows isn't. Sigh. Post away, Pete, post away!!! :-D

4. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Shows you that Samsung believe bada will be huge, and WP7 not, since they don't have ChatON for WP7 : D This is what i have been saying all the time...

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lol. or it could be a coding difference... or they could just care less about WP7 since android is their engine and they have BADA for those 10 fans worldwide. :)

14. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

there is alot bada more fans than 10, i can tell you that for sure... Probalby Samsung know WP7 won't be a hit, and therefore they don't bother to make ChatON for WP7.

15. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

no it simply shows that samsung is waiting for mango to update before making the app... wp7 is in transition right now-- it makes sense to wait a month find the bugs and then make the app... and sorry but bada comes nowhere close to being wp7... just to prove a point bada recorded 3000 apps in q1 when the goal was 7000 while wp7 just crossed 30,000 apps..

16. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

that sounds quite reasonable, we must take in account that WP7 does not offer full multi tasking yet and you will need the app to run at all times to actually be considered effective. this kind of app is the kind of bloat people could actually use frequently. oh and long time no see

19. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

haha ya i was away for the summer.. now the boring time starts again.. and wp7 does offer full multi now--i have been using mango for a few months, but since it hasn't been publicly released, i understand what u mean

22. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

glad to see you back :D

17. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

You're wrong. Bada has more marketshare than WP7, even though Microsoft has put tons of money into advertisment (samsung has not put very much money into advertising bada yet). In fact, bada is number 5 Os worldwide after IOS, Android, Symbian and BBOS. And bada has lots more functionality than WP7, and when it comes to personalization bada grinds WP7 in the dust ! When it comes to apps, there is now over 6100 apps for bada. While WP7 has more apps than bada, bada will surely get lots more apps when the wave 3 and bada 2.0.1 comes out.

20. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

1. the marketshare is very proportional--bada was released over a year ago while wp7 under a year ago... and bada only has

21. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

okay it won't write what i say no matter what.. but basically bada will not compete with wp7.. has only .3 more mrktsh, will not reach anywhere close to the amount of apps wp7 has at the current rate, and is a non license-able os..

3. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

"ChatON can be run on Android, iOS, BlackBerry and bada OS devices, as well as on featurephones." Yes, i'll get this message service. All members of my family own a bada phone (exept one, who uses Nokia N8 with symbian) so then i can chat with my family instead of sending sms. Good work Samsung !

10. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I hope its not something you must set up a lot, if they make it clean and simple it will become extremely popular specially with such many devices on the line

5. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

Meh. This looks just like What'sApp..

6. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

But since samsung is behind ChatON it will most likely be much more popular. Especially since bada phones likely will come with ChatON preinstalled. And my guess is that Samsung Android phones will have ChatON preinstalled as well.

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

I can see it being pushed in the next updates.

11. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

and maybe will see it on other devices a swell if Samsung knows how to promote it

18. ToneDef

Posts: 39; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

I'm really glad someting like this will finally become available. I don't care who makes it, but was looking for something I could text my sister on her Wave 2, and my brother on his Nokia from my Galaxy S. Can't wait!

7. remyrz

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 28, 2010

coooooolllll f**k off Wahtsaap ! :DD

13. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

tell me about it bud maybe it works on maemo :D

12. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

willing to try is as soon as it comes out, I have a yea worth of whatsapp but hey if it holds more devices and I can have more of my friends then I want it

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