Just in case there weren’t already enough instant messaging services available to you on your iOS device, Samsung has today launched its ChatON service in the App Store, allowing iOS, Android, and Bada users to communicate with each other for free.
The service provides multiple ways to reach your friends, including one-to-one chat, group chat, and broadcasts (which reach your entire contacts list). It also allows you to send drawings, pictures, videos, voice messages, contacts, calendar events, and even your location. According to Samsung, the service “enables you to have better relationships with your buddies or groups.”
Like Apple’s built-in iMessage service, ChatON is completely free to download and use. It’s currently available to users with iOS, Android, and Bada devices, with support for BlackBerry and Windows Phone handsets coming soon. There’s also an upcoming web-based interface that will allow you to get chatting through your browser.
ChatON is a cross-platform messenger, which mean’s unlike iMessage, you can send messages to your friends regardless of which platform they’re using.
While ChatON goes up against a number of other instant messaging services that are already well established on iOS, its popularity on other platforms could lend a hand in its quest for success. The Next Web reports the service is already installed on up to 500,000 Android devices.
ChatON is currently available in the U.S. App Store (iTunes link) and is expected to rollout to other territories shortly.
Have you tried ChatON on iOS yet? What do you think of it?
[via The Next Web]