Apple has iMessage and RIM its BlackBerry Messenger, and now Samsung has ChatOn. According to an infographic and supporting video, it'll support a lot of features:

  • Group Chat
  • Image Sharing
  • Video Sharing
  • Music Sharing
  • Location Sharing

But that's not exactly the full story -- Samsung has quite a few other details listed on the website. That said; it is noted it will be coming to phones, tablets and even different platforms such as Android, Bada, feature phones and even PC's. Hit the break for a promo video of ChatOn in action, as well as the full press release.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

Samsung introduces ChatON mobile communication service
August 29, 2011
Samsung ChatON is the fun and free global communication service that enables content and conversation to be shared between all major mobile devices

Korea, August 29, 2011 – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, today announced the launch of ChatON, a free mobile communication service that allows users to communicate instantly with any mobile phone.

ChatON is Samsung’s global mobile communication service that works across all major smartphone and feature phone platforms. ChatON lets users interact with friends and family, regardless of device platform – functionality across multiple platforms lets all users join in, with text, images, hand-written notes and video shared instantly. Users can chat in groups, while a Web client will allow the easy sharing of content and conversations between mobile and PC.

"With ChatON, Samsung has vastly simplified mobile communication by allowing users to connect to our upcoming feature phones and all major Smartphones in the market," said Ho Soo Lee, Head of Media Solution Center at Samsung Electronics. “Users around the world can now enjoy easier and richer interactivity with whoever they want, in the format they want—this is mobile communication reinvented and democratized.”

ChatON, which is available in more than 120 countries supporting up to 62 languages, features two functionality options. A basic functionality option is available for feature phone users who prefer simple and easy usage, allowing users to share text, pictures, calendar, contacts and emotions through an easy-to-access client.

Smartphone users can enjoy advanced feature options, enabling richer communication by allowing users to see how often they communicate with their buddies using the Interaction Rank feature and post comments on buddies’ profile pages. Users can also create an ‘Animation message’ which allows them to create their own content by scribbling texts, adding audio and choosing their background pictures. All photos and videos in each conversation window can be viewed in an automatically-generated content sharing ‘Trunk’.

ChatON allows users to join and grow their social communities, socializing instantly and flexibly through their mobile device. Users can enjoy the benefits of ChatON globally, with free and easy communication possible with friends and family anywhere in the world.

Samsung ChatON will be made available gradually across all major Smartphones, Tablets, notebook PCs and Samsung feature phones, including forthcoming devices showcased at IFA 2011.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2010 consolidated sales of US$135.8 billion. Employing approximately 190,500 people in 206 offices across 68 countries, the company consists of nine independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Memory, System LSI and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, semiconductor chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit


Reader comments

Samsung announces new ChatOn messaging service


Funny, they realized this need in January of 2010, but here they are finally getting it out to the public in September 2011.

I've been using PingChat for Android with my blackberry and iPhairy using friends for the last year.

Ping chat allows group and individual instant messaging. Easy to use and free to use.

I'll give this a try but my buddies aren't as experimental as I am.

Looks legit. Well timed too...Whatsapp has been struggling a bit lately, and I've been looking for a good substitute.


Could care less. I have SMS, Gtalk & Gvoice. Don't really have need of yet another method.

And who besides little girls actually use group chat??

As cool as BBM was, I never really used it all that much when I had a Blackberry. Trying to get into it I looked at a couple of forum sites for PIN sharing, and it was all full of people who just wanted to chat dirty to you. Even if they fronted that they just were looking to chat, they message you a few times and it's straight to "what do your tits look like?"