Samsung's cross-platform messenger ChatOn grows, reaches 100 million users

Samsung’s ChatOn instant messaging service has grown tremendously since it launched back in October 2011, and now it boasts a whopping 100 million users. ChatOn now works across 237 different countries and 63 languages. Samsung is offering its IM service on various platforms including the company’s feature phones and all major smartphone platforms - Android, iOS, Windows Phone and BlackBerry smartphones.

The ChatOn IM is particularly popular in countries like India and China, and the United States, and it’s getting good traction in the Europe and the Middle East.

A key factor for the growth of ChatOn is that Samsung bundles it in its feature phones, as well as in Galaxy smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy S III was the first to get it, and the current top shelf phones like the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy S4 both have it on board.

On smartphones, ChatOn has fierce competition. Whatsapp, Skype and Viber all make for solid competitors. Which IM platform do you use, and why do you prefer it? Let us know in the comments below.

source: Samsung Tomorrow



1. Saamic

Posts: 119; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

I think the only reason this service has so many users is because of the fact that it comes bundled with the extremely well selling Galaxy line... Personally I have never heard any of my friends who have Galaxy devices even talk about it. Samsung is trying to hype it and make it seem like a great service tons of people use. Nice misleading marketing -_-

15. umadden

Posts: 90; Member since: Apr 14, 2013

you just went full retard

20. panjgoori

Posts: 22; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

no. he's telling the truth. its coupled with all Samsung devices.

16. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012


2. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 550; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Samsung making its ecosystem strong.I am a getting feeling that samsung is going to compete with Google in future.

3. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

For this to happen, GS5 have to be an Top Excellent Best Seller for the user base to continue being strong. With the new Andro devices and the GS4 not selling as good as S3, I have to say wait and see.

4. decent4u

Posts: 75; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I think that gs4 not selling in record breaking numbers is because of note 3 most people were waiting for note 3(Myself included) Just a thought I could be wrong ;)

17. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

So magnesium alloy back + better build quality + bloatware free version = no big reasons to hate it besides purely hating Samsung.

25. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Many people who bought the S3 are still on their two year contract. They will be eligible for an upgrade with the S5 comes out.

5. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

I think Samsung is using Google as a ladder and going up. When reaches the top, throws the ladder away and uses his own OS (Tizen). As I said by selling galaxies to people making a lot of users and when Tizen is released makes it the base OS of galaxy line...


Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

they'd have to gradually introduce Tizen though. if they just throw away Android and force Tizen down consumer's throats, they'll lose a lot of customers, especially considering that now, when someone says "Android phone", people immediately think of Samsung

7. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

I don't even know a single person who uses chat-on, cut the crap Sammy. It's probably 100million phones with chat-on pre-installed, and 100million users unknowingly registered when they activated/registered samsung services or whatever.

21. DukeX

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

There are over 6 billion people in the world. What are the chances you know over a 100 million?

23. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

And your point is?

29. glentomas123

Posts: 70; Member since: Jun 01, 2011


30. glentomas123

Posts: 70; Member since: Jun 01, 2011

That you don't know what you're talking about.

31. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

lol I work at an advertising company and we have figures that says: "Chat-on is not relevant" These are the top "truelly" used messengers in no particular order: FB Messenger Skype iMessage Windows Live messenger Tencent QQ (most users in China) I bet you didn't even know that. Because a little bit of searching is too hard for you.

22. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Moreover chaton os also added in galaxy tab line....100 million galaxy devices with pre installed chaton

8. jsdechavez

Posts: 799; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

People actually use this 'ChatOn' app? Seriously? People haven't even heard of it. Probably Skype, WeChat, BBM, Line, Kik, KakaoTalk, Viber... but ChatOn?

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I have a few friend that use Samsung Galaxy 3, 4 and Note 2. None use ChatOn. We do use hangout because we used to use google talk mainly to sent photo of food and places. SMS is still my preferred choice of communicate as i save my data bundle for other important and immediate needs.

9. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Nice to hear.. I am gonna use that from now....

10. Lboogey6

Posts: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

Without video calling capabilities it has very little separation from already popular messaging clients see the demand and work on it sammy

14. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

U are wrong, it do have video calls features, like any VOIP video apps like Skype out there.

12. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Very less or nobody uses ChatOn, it is default messenger in Sammy's phone whether it is a Feature phone, a Android phone or a WP that's why it reached 100M users. WhatsApp is awesome...

13. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

have been using Chaton from it first beta release and its the best chat messenger of all. Too bad not many know about it and using it. I tcan use on all cross OS and have all what others chat messenger offering. Chat, voice message, file transfer, live broadcast, voice/video call and alot more. But many sees is as bloatware and remove it whenever they can.

18. sojizy

Posts: 26; Member since: Aug 30, 2008

Not too many of my friends use this messaging app and like many people have stated before, I rarely hear people talking about it if at all. This would be a great opportunity to include chaton in their next commercial.

19. GoogleSafariFox

Posts: 100; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

What da? Many officemates and friends of Mine Uses this Application. Well, It's a great messenger app for us. I'm just shocked that couple of Samsung Haters posted their jealous insights again for Samsung. Way to go Sammy!


Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

just bcos you and "many officemates and friends" of urs uses chaton, doesnt mean everyone in e world does. your "truth" can be different from another persons', but that doesnt make everyone else a hater. and seriously, when was e last time you heard someone (outside of your officemates and friends) on the street say "hey, lets chaton!", majority of the time its "hey, whatsapp me!"

24. badero

Posts: 8; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

It is shameful that an application that was created to replace whatsapp in samsung proprietary system (bada), not work at all. There are hundreds of samsung wave owners, who do not receive notifications. I'm consistent, Samsung is a sh.t on a stick.

26. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

Wonder How many Active Users are there..Samsung shoves it to everyone who buys a samsung smartphone.

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