In another turn of events, Samsung has now confirmed that its ChatOn messaging service will be shut down next year after all, despite firmly stating that reports about killing the service were false just three weeks ago.

Early this morning, Samsung stated that its ChanOn messenger would but shut down in Korea on February 1st 2015, as the company moves to focus on more popular health and mobile commerce products. The company has since confirmed that the service would also be terminated throughout the rest of the world on the same date, with the single exception of the US, where the service will remain in place until sometime later in Q1 2015.

Here is what Samsung had to say about the matter:

On February 1, 2015, ChatON will be discontinued in all markets except the United States, as we strive to meet evolving consumer needs by focusing on our core services.

There you have it, ChatOn’s 100 million users in over 200 different countries will have to find an alternative service to use early next year. Fortunately, users will be able to store their chat records, photos and videos shared through the messenger before the plug is pulled.

ChatOn’s user base is significantly smaller than its competitors and Samsung likely winding down its moderately successful application as it looks to restructure its Mobile Solutions Center division. Exactly why Samsung has given out contradictory statements about the service is still a mystery.

Will you miss ChatOn when it is shutdown next year?

Robert Triggs
Lead Technical Writer at Android Authority, covering the latest trends in consumer electronics and hardware. In his spare moments, you'll probably find him tinkering with audio electronics and programming.
  • Wayne

    Miss it? I rooted my blower just so that I could get rid of it and tons of their other garbage that came pre-installed, I don’t need my valuable storage space cluttered up by rubbish which Samsung and wireless carriers think I should have. I don’t mind the fact that devices come choc-a-bloc bundled with bloatware but it should be up to the purchaser to decide if they want to keep it or not and just being able to disable and hide those apps is not an option for me, I paid for that storage space and I want to use it as I see fit.

    • Ray

      Exactly! I wouldn’t mind if the device came with 50% of the storage devoted to Samsung & AT&T apps, hell throw in the bloatware from carriers I don’t have as well. The thing that pisses me off is that you can’t remove any of it. That’s space I could devote to more music from Spotify or pictures or anything. Most of the OEM apps are redundant and pale in comparsion to oother 3rd party apps and as far as AT&T goes, they can’t even get their damn billing app to run smoothly. Why they keep designing all these apps is beyond me.
      At least with Lollipop we can remove carrier bloatware. I don’t know what will happen regarding OEM bloatware but hopefully that will be installed in the same place carriers have to install theirs.

      • Wayne

        I haven’t had any experience with Lollipop yet but hopefully manufacturer and carrier crapware can be removed completely from it without having to resort to rooting. The only files which should be locked down are the actual OS files needed to use the device properly as far as I’m concerned.

  • Akshay J Nalavade

    Battery and Ram hogger . Samsung user will be happy to get rid off it

  • Finally, they believe the stats in their logs that no one is using that service

  • G1andonly

    I’m gonna miss it. It is one of the few services that allow you send full video messages of any size and it had a pretty nice interface, oh well.

  • Chris


  • WorkersUnited111

    Samsung- You spend millions on research and still haven’t figured out Touchwiz is your main problem.

  • Cory

    If Samsung wants to try and rebuild, they should kill off all of their apps that Google already has created and just rely on them. Then keep their focus on good hardware and re-purpose their software development team to help them do for their phones what Moto has done and make sure they use the most out of the hardware.

  • Edvinas