Samsung's ChatON messaging app expands to all Windows Phone devices


Samsung Electronics is extending its cross-platform ChatON messaging service to all smartphones running Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone operating system. ChatON was previously exclusive to Samsung's own Windows Phone devices as well as handsets running Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android.

Samsung is expanding ChatON to all Windows Phone devices.

Samsung's answer to over-the-top services like BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) Messenger and Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iMessage, ChatON 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 service also includes support for group messaging and a features a Web client to facilitate conversations between mobile and PC users.

The ChatON app is now available as a free download from Microsoft's Windows Phone Store. Android users may download the app from Google Play or the Samsung Apps storefront; Samsung also pre-installs ChatON on devices including the Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy Camera.

Samsung is the world's largest Android device manufacturer. The company sold 64.7 million smartphones during the first quarter of 2013, translating to a 30.8 percent market share--up from 27.6 percent a year ago--according to a recent Gartner report.

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