Samsung takes on Apple iMessage with ChatON

Samsung is set to launch the ability to yack between devices with the soon to be launched ChatON messaging service.

Unlike Apple's iMessage, which is limited to just iDevices, ChatON will function on Android tablets and phones as well as Bada, iOS and even BlackBerrys.

ChatON is going for a truly global launch in September, rolling out in 120 countries and supporting 20 different languages. 

The idea behind ChatOn is that you can send video, images and texts between different devices either in grouped chats or in one on one convos.

Even feature phones get to join in on the chatting fun, getting a basic version of the service that allows text, images, calendars and contacts to be swapped. Smartphones being well, more smart of course, get more exciting features like interaction rank, animations and the ability to comment on user profiles. 

Samsung has released a video to go along with the announcement of the service, complete with first generation iPhone and finger conveniently placed over Apple logo.

Exciting stuff from Samsung yet again. We do wonder, however, how long it will be before a legal battle takes place over this one.

Like the idea of cross device chat? Or is normal text messaging exciting enough?



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