August 29, 2011

Samsung Unveils Messaging Tool For Smartphones


Samsung is unveiling its own instant messaging tool for a variety of feature phones and smartphones.

The smartphone maker's new and free ChatON IM client is designed to be cross-platform and allow users to be able to chat with family, friends, and colleagues. 

The new service will be preinstalled on Samsung's feature phones as well as smartphones running both Android and the company's Bada mobile OS.  The service will also be available on Apple's iOS and RIM's BlackBerry.

"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," Ho Soo Lee, Head of Media Solution Center at Samsung Electronics, said in a statement.

"Users around the world can now enjoy easier and richer interactivity with whoever they want, in the format they want."

Apple announced in June that it was going to release a new messaging service with its iOS 5 software.  This new software will allow users of iPhones, iPads or iPod Touch devices to send unlimited text messages to each other over Wi-Fi or 3G.  It also allows users to send photos, videos, locations and contacts.

Samsung is currently battling Apple against patent infringement claims in multiple countries.  The company has even seen its smartphones banned in some European countries, as well as its Galaxy Tab in Germany.


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