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Samsung launches new IM client for Android mobile phones

Consumer electronics giant Samsung has released ChatON, which is an application for Google Android mobile phones that allows for multi-platform communications and multimedia sharing, amongst other new features.

Samsung’s ChatOn was announced at the end of August this year and as a possible rival to Apple’s iMessenger, which has also only just become available – as a part of iOS 5.

ChatON offers up a simple way to communicate, regardless of what mobile device is being contacted and through multimedia content with animated messages, in addition to the regular instant text messages.

The application allows the user to create their own animated message, by scribbling text while adding audio and even choosing a background picture. Each conversation window features a ‘Trunk’, which documents all the multimedia items sent and received through the conversation. This is along with interacting across multiple platforms, with content in multiple formats and also featuring Group Chat.

Samsung’s ChatON will be preloaded on to their bada smartphones and other phones, starting this month and on other platforms too, by the end of 2011. This could include Windows Phone 7, but there’s no news yet if this will be supported.

Originally published at OneMobileRing.com

Rob Kerr is a journalist with more than 14 years experience of news, reviews and feature writing on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show. The mobile phone world is his real passion and forte, having owned a handset as far back as 1994 where he has seen them grow from just a business tool to a necessity in everyone’s everyday life.