Samsung Electronics has announced a cross-platform instant messaging service, ChatON, which will allow users of all major Smartphones, Tablets, notebook PCs and Samsung feature phones, to send text, images, hand-written notes and video, to each other. The service will support Android, Apple's iOS, RIM's BlackBerry and Samsung's own Bada OS, in addition to offering a web-client, for access on computers, reports The Wall Street Journal. According to a statement from the company, ChatON will be available in more than 120 countries supporting up to 62 languages, and will feature a basic functionality option for feature phone users, allowing users to share text, pictures, calendar, contacts and emotions through an easy-to-access client, and an advanced version for smartphone users offering features like Interaction Rank and the abilty to post comments on buddies’ profile pages. Users will also be able to create an ‘Animation message’, creating their own content by scribbling text, adding audio and choosing background pictures. This implies that the IM(instant messaging) service will also border on being a social networking tool. There is no mention if the messages will be encrypted. Competition - ChatON will face competition from popular cross platform smartphone messaging services like WhatsApp, LiveProfile and Viber, apart from proprietary messaging services like RIM's BlackBerry Messenger-BBM, and Apple's soon to be available iMessage. - Although proprietary IM services have restricted themselves to devices of a particular platform, it has been rumored that RIM intends to make BlackBerry Messenger cross-platform. - BBM also requires a special BlackBerry data plan to…
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