Samsung will be launching a mobile instant messaging application that'll be available across the major smartphone platforms. This includes its own Bada OS, Google Android, RIM's BlackBerry and even Apple iOS.
Named ChatON, the instant messaging tool will come in two versions, the first of which is a simpler version for basic feature phones. A more feature-packed version will allow users to comment on other profiles, send animated messages and visualize their most frequently contacted friends.
A web-based version is also in the works, which bridges the communication gap between the mobile and PC platforms.
Is it pure coincidence that Samsung is timing it around the same period as Apple's impending iOS 5 launch which brings with it Apple's own messaging service, iMessage, or a deliberate move to signal its intent to challenge its rival?
ChatON will be launched next month (in more than 120 countries and 62 languages).