ChatOn Review: WhatsApp gets a deserving competition

Samsung launched ChatOn – its own cross platform messaging app over the weekend. While I am addicted to WhatsApp Messenger, I thought of giving it a try, to figure out if it fares better or not.

ChatON is currently available on Android and Bada phones although it’s said that an iOS version is soon to follow.  You can download the app from Android market.

Once you’ve installed the app, it will verify your identity, similar to WhatsApp, by sending a text message with a verification code. The interface is pretty intuitive and is divided into three sections – Buddies , Chats, and My page.

The conversations are presented in a threaded view and you can send and receive text, animation messages, pictures, videos, audio, location info, contacts, and calendar. It also supports creating groups for easy group chats.

What’s more interesting is that Samsung has tried to pull a small social network with ChatOn. There’s an ‘Interaction rank’ which tells you how often you chat with your buddies. Your buddies are then grouped accordingly, as per your interaction rank.

ChatON currently uses push notification system to deliver messages.

One thing which can give ChatON an edge over other messaging apps is the various customization options the app offers – you can apply themes, change font size, turn on/off push notifications , and also block contacts.

We assume the next generation of Samsung’s Windows Phones will also be preloaded with ChatON. With hundreds of thousands of Samsung phones shipping each day, there’s no doubt this platform will gain traction soon. The only question is whether users would jump the ship from WhatsApp and other messaging apps like GTalk that they have been accustomed to, to Samsung ChatON.

Techknots Ratings: 3.5/5

UpdateSince a lot of users are getting an error message saying “this app is not compatible with your device” we have decided provide the .apk file. We have tried and tested it on Samsung Galaxy Y.

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