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Samsung ChatON To Add Support For 13 Indian Languages; 100M Global users

(By Apurva Chaudhary & Vikas SN) Handset maker Samsung has announced that it plans to add 13 Indian languages to its instant messaging service ChatON by the end of 2013. However, it didn't disclose any specific details on what these languages would be. ChatON says it currently supports 10 Indian languages, although we weren't able to find any option to change the language on the Android app or the web app. It is currently available on desktop PCs, Samsung feature phones, Android, iOS, Blackberry and Windows Phone, offering multi-screen support on 5 different devices at once on a single Samsung account. In comparison, One97's Plustxt currently offers input support for eight Indian languages including Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Punjabi, Gujarati and Malayalam besides English while Gupshup Messenger's web app offers support for nine Indian languages including Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu. Bharti SoftBank's Hike and Viber also recently added Hindi support. Having said that, we doubt that the number of people communicating in Indic languages is high, as it's still quite difficult to type Indic languages on a phone. While there has been quite a few Indic input initiatives from companies like Google, Swiftkey and Swype, most of them are focused only on providing support for the lowest common denominator - Hindi language. One of the exceptions being KeyPoint Technologies's Adaptxt which offers support for 11 Indic languages. ChatON 100 million subscribers: Besides this, Samsung also claimed that ChatON now has global subscriber base of 100 million subscribers. It hasn't however provided any country wise breakup for this number. Also note that Samsung has not…

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