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Developer(s)Samsung Electronics
Initial releaseOctober 14, 2011; 10 years ago (2011-10-14)
Final release(s)
Android3.5.701 / May 7, 2014; 7 years ago (2014-05-07)[1]
Web3.0 / August 21, 2013; 8 years ago (2013-08-21)[2]
iOS2.7.5 / November 18, 2013; 8 years ago (2013-11-18)[3]
BlackBerry1.10 / August 7, 2013; 8 years ago (2013-08-07)[4]
Windows Phone2.25 / November 13, 2013; 8 years ago (2013-11-13)[5]
bada1.9.0 / October 26, 2012; 9 years ago (2012-10-26)[6]
Windows Store2.0.51.41 / October 30, 2012; 9 years ago (2012-10-30)[5]
Operating systemAndroid, iOS, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, bada, Windows Mobile, Web platform
Available in62 languages[7]
TypeInstant messaging

ChatON was a global mobile communication service introduced by Samsung Electronics in September 2011.[7] ChatON served more than 120 countries in 62 languages.[7] ChatON was available on Android,[8] iOS,[9] BlackBerry, Windows Phone (Samsung Zone),[10] Windows Mobile (Korea), and Bada smartphones.[11] Additionally, a web client was offered for access to the service via web browsers.[12] Users could invite and register buddies via Facebook and Twitter as well as share ChatON content on Facebook. Among ChatON's unique features were allowing users to create Animation messages, Broadcast to send personal notices in a group chat room, and the Trunk which stores media files shared in chats.[11] When a user logs in ChatON, the user's buddy list is available on any connected device.[13][14]

ChatON was viewed as an alternative to WhatsApp.[15]


ChatON was introduced at IFA on August 29, 2011, in Berlin, Germany, with initial service for iOS, Android, Blackberry, and Samsung phones.[16] Support was expanded to include Android tablets, Windows Phone, and Bada phones. The ChatON mobile application could be downloaded from Samsung Apps & Google Play for Android, Apple AppStore for iOS, App World for Blackberry, and Microsoft Market for Windows Mobile.[11]

On March 31, 2015, the ChatON service was discontinued in all markets.[17]


ChatON was installed by default on Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablet PCs,[18] such as Galaxy Pocket 2 and Galaxy Young 2 and Galaxy S Duos 3, Galaxy Gear, Galaxy Star 2, S5 Mini, and S5, and Galaxy Camera. It was also available on other devices depending on the installed operating system.[citation needed]

Operating system support

For mobile devices, ChatON was available on Android (v2.2 or higher), Bada (v2.0 or higher), iOS (v4.3 or higher), BlackBerry (touch devices with v6.0 or higher, non-touch devices with v5.0 or higher), and Windows Mobile (v6.5 only for Omnia 2, and v7.0 for devices made by Samsung).

For Windows PC, ChatON runs on PCs with Windows XP or higher. For Macs, it runs on OS X 10.6 or higher.[19]

Web version

ChatON offered a website client[20] to enable users without a supported smartphone platform to chat via desktop and mobile web browsers. Multiple windows on PC screen, which is wider than mobile, facilitated chat with buddies and share contents. Usage of the web client was tied to a Samsung account instead of a phone number, and buddy lists from mobile accounts could be imported to the web client.[11] Users received the same messages regardless of version while they maintained their web and mobile version's profiles independently. If a user deleted his account, his or her devices that were connected through the account are initialized and all data of chat room and server was deleted.[citation needed]


The ChatON service has been discontinued by Samsung since 2015. When it was still available, it provided services such as voice/video chatting, translation, PostON, Anicon, Animessage, SMS/MMS exchanging feature, as well as basic services such as buddy registration, chatting and multimedia sharing.

An API is available from Samsung for developing software that communicates with ChatON over an HTTPS connection.[26]

See also


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