Samsung unveil free ChatON mobile IM service

Just like RIM did with their BlackBerry Messenger service, Samsung Mobile intend to launch a similar mobile instant messaging service called “ChatON” across their Android and Bada OS phones. ChatON will be pre-installed on all new Samsung smartphones from October running either operating system, along with some other feature-phones; it will also eventually be making a launch on iOS and BlackBerry devices with an accompanying PC client for all.

The service will be launching in 120 countries in 62 languages, which makes it a “true global mobile communication service” (in Samsung’s words). ChatON will comprise of a group and single chat section that will allow you to share text and multimedia, including location and calendar info, with your friends and ChatON contacts. ChatON will also have a “Trunk” area for each chat, which shows all sent images and videos and allows you to comment on them individually.

Also to be included with ChatON is the AMS, or Animation Message Service, which allows you to create an animated card to send to your friends from photos, music, text and more. All users will have a ChatON profile with an interaction rank – a measure of how frequently you talk to others so your friends know who you chat with most. Best of all, ChatON will be completely free to use.

Samsung is set to fully unveil the ChatON application at IFA in Berlin between September 2 and 7, after which it will become gradually available across devices.

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How about GTalk? Built into Android and has a client available on any platform, INCLUDING PC! PC is what all these dumb mobile messaging solutions always miss. If I'm sitting at my desk, I'd rather use my large desktop keyboard where I can type at 100WPM than peck at my phone's screen or slide out keyboard.

What's the point of all these different messaging systems? You might as well be talking about the tower of Babel. 30 different messaging systems, 30 different people, none of them being able to talk to each other. Stupid.

ScubaDog said,
What's the point of all these different messaging systems? You might as well be talking about the tower of Babel. 30 different messaging systems, 30 different people, none of them being able to talk to each other. Stupid.

They either need to come up with a central standard that everyone should use. Or, RIM should release the Blackberry Messaging system to all the other OS's.

I could see the BBM destroying all of these.

Tony. said,

They either need to come up with a central standard that everyone should use. Or, RIM should release the Blackberry Messaging system to all the other OS's.

I could see the BBM destroying all of these.

Right now BBM is all that RIM and the blackberry platform has going for it. The chances of it being ported therefore are pretty low.

Animation Message Service? Why, hello there 2001, ltns!
I just don't get this and the Apple equiv...how is this any better than the truly global and proven sms?

dancedar said,
Animation Message Service? Why, hello there 2001, ltns!
I just don't get this and the Apple equiv...how is this any better than the truly global and proven sms?

it's free. Apps like these and the new messenger in iOS 5 are exactly why AT&T got rid of all text plans except for the $20 unlimited one. Because they new a lot of people would be lowering their texting plans and now it's not possible.

I'm liking the cross platformness of it :-P Ironic though that they will release it for iOS but not their own Windows Phone xD

thealexweb said,
I'm liking the cross platformness of it :-P Ironic though that they will release it for iOS but not their own Windows Phone xD

I'm sure it's coming. Assuming Microsoft didn't have any issue with them shipping another chat client on their devices...

thealexweb said,
I'm liking the cross platformness of it :-P Ironic though that they will release it for iOS but not their own Windows Phone xD

The problem with WP7 is that socket support has only come with Mango so developers have been quite limited what they can do with WP7 in terms of programs like this.