Samsung's ChatON messaging app eclipses 100M users

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Samsung Electronics' cross-platform ChatON messaging service now tops 100 million users worldwide, doubling from 50 million subscribers in May 2013, the device maker said.

ChatON--essentially Samsung's answer to over-the-top services like BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) Messenger and Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iMessage--enables consumers to communicate across all major smartphone and feature phone platforms. Subscribers may share text communications, photos, video clips and hand-written notes; the application also includes support for group messaging and a features a Web client to facilitate conversations between mobile and PC users.

Samsung pre-installs ChatON on selected Android and Windows Phone devices including the Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy Camera. The app is also available as a free download from storefronts including Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Play, Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone Store and Samsung Apps.

"ChatON's growth can be attributed to the support it offers across international markets and various OS platforms," Samsung said in a blog post trumpeting the user milestone, citing increasing adoption in markets including the United States, India and China and accelerating popularity in Europe and the Middle East. ChatON now supports 63 different languages in all, including a number of regional dialects, Samsung added.

Samsung is the world's largest Android device manufacturer, with second-quarter smartphone shipments of 73.3 million units, according to researcher IDC.

For more:
- read this Samsung Tomorrow blog post

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