Similiar to RIM's BlackBerry Messenger service, Samsung Mobile intend to launch a mobile instant messaging service called "ChatON" across all their Android and Bada OS smartphones and feature phones. It lets users connect with friends and family, regardless of device platform, allowing them to share text, images, hand-written notes and video instantly. Users can chat in groups, while a Web client will allow the easy sharing of content and conversations between mobile and PC.
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.
According to Samsung "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 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."
"It 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," said Samsung.
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 said that "those who like a little more adventure, Smartphone users can enjoy advanced feature options, enabling richer communication between 'buddies'. By allowing users to see how often they communicate with their buddies using the Interaction Rank feature, as well as post comments on buddies' profile pages, keeping up with those closest to you couldn't be easier. Additional options include creating an 'Animation message' which allows you to create your own content by scribbling texts, adding audio and choosing your own background pictures. All photos and videos in each conversation window can be viewed at a glance in an automatically-generated content sharing 'Trunk'."
Watch the ChatON in action below: