Samsung to pull the plug on its ChatON instant messaging app, users will have time to export and archive their content

Samsung to pull the plug on its ChatON instant messaging app, users will have time to export and archive their content
Remember Samsung's ChatOn? It's Sammy's own chat client, which debuted back in 2011 and has since transformed itself into something of a Viber lookalike – with the phone number registration, stickers, and whatnot. Well, unfortunately, it never managed to truly pick up, bogged down by the stiff competition, so Samsung has finally decided to reroute its resources and cut ChatON off.

The company says that ChatOn will become ChatOff on February the 1st in all regions, except for the US, where it will shut down at some point in the first quarter of 2015 (which should mean – not later than the end of March). Sammy assures ChatOn users that they will have the choice to export and archive all of their conversations and shared pictures.

According to the company, this move is part of the changes Sammy is making in order to meet changing market demands and provide services, focused on health and mobile commercs.

Are you a ChatOn user, or is this the first time you hear about the app? If you wish to give it a whirl before it's gone for good, you can grab it from the Play Store, Galaxy Apps store, Windows Phone Store, or Apple's App store, links below.

ChatOn: Android | iOS | Windows Phone

source: YonhapNews via SamMobile



1. gagakiller

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 08, 2014


5. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

lol yea, the title should be "user" will have time...

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Do you hate Samsung that much? How many services has Apple had that failed. Drumroll please? How about Ping? It didn't even last a single year. AT least CHATON last 3 years. The downside to CAHTON is it only worked with Samsung devices. With Facebook Messenger and others, it was just a matter of time. Its not a failure because the product didn't catchon. You seem to have a problem with choice Sucks for you. To be happy that a company has a product that wasn't popular is absolutely ignorant. How old are you? Like 3?

2. Be_Mine

Posts: 242; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

I don't know anyone using the app anyway. I always install third party launcher and hide this app.

3. mobi_user

Posts: 152; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

Another indication, Samsung going doom.

17. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Seriously? Because their char t program can't compete against thinks like BBM? Facebook Messenger? I dint kno such a simple lame application could bring a company as huge as Samsung down. Do you know anything about business? THEY ALL HAVE FAILED PRODUCTS.

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

One of the first App to get Disabled permanently. One down! 200+ to go!!!

6. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

Thank God I always tried uninstalling chaton from my S2, S3 but never successed. Hope they would uninstall it themselves.

7. Jamoga

Posts: 187; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

it wouldnt have worked, good they pulled the plugs, but an offical android IM might do..

8. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

more junk in the trash.

9. Cicero

Posts: 1117; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Yeap step forward. Like others I tried uninstall this but never succeed. Others to come.

10. harry29

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 31, 2014

Chat off :P :D

11. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Good riddance.

12. vinnyb4202

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

It's because they didn't fully support it ever, they put it out there but didn't market any useful features to it. They just added more and more random features to their platform, and expected it to go well like it did with iPhones.

13. pavsidhu

Posts: 214; Member since: May 20, 2014

Samsung finally understands that nobody uses ChatOn

14. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

No chaton installed on my note edge uk when I got it wed, also very limited crap installed on it

15. tokuzumi

Posts: 1865; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I like how PA had the rumor this was being shut down, and then Sammy posted a press release, stating they were fully committed to this app, and just weeks later, it's shutting down officially. I never used the app, because there's no point. I don't want to tell my contacts to download another app, so we can chat online. "Look, I know you already have hangouts, facebook messenger, text messaging, etc, but I really think we could stay in touch even more if you downloaded this app"

18. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

I have Whatsapp, Viber and facebook messenger among others, I always disable this app, it's not bad it's fine and it was fine too connecting to non-android cheap samsungs 3 years ago .. but it's useless and many of my friends have ios .. it's plain unnecessary .. glad it's off now

19. Mfa901

Posts: 291; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

the first thing I uninstalled after rooting was chaton

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