Samsung has unveiled its answer to BlackBerry Messenger, iMessage, and pretty much every other messaging service for mobile devices. It’s called ChatON, and the app will be available soon for Samsung phones running Bada OS or Android, as well as for devices running iOS, or BlackBerry OS.

In fact, ChatON won’t even require a smartphone, a simpler version will also be available for feature phones. There will also be a web app that you can use to send and receive messages from a PC.

ChatON lets users engage in text-based chats as well as group chats with larger groups of contacts. Users can share pictures or movies with contacts, as well as location information. There’s also support for non-real-time communication: you can leave comments on a friend’s profile or leave comments on pictures or videos shared in a chat room.

Another neat feature is something Samsung calls Interaction Rank. You can see stats showing who you talk to the most.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...