Earlier today, reports surfaced by The Korea Times indicated that Samsung was planning on shutting down ChatOn, the company’s messaging service, on a region-to-region basis due to the service not making any money. If those statements were true, we wouldn’t have been surprised, as ChatOn seems like more bloatware than anything else. It turns out those statements are false, however, as Samsung has come out to the public to correct to rumor.
In a statement to the Verge, Samsung plainly stated:
The recent rumors concerning ChatOn have been false, as ChatOn will continue to be offered to consumers worldwide.
Well folks, there you have it. ChatOn is here to stay whether you like it or not. Don’t get us wrong, the idea of ChatOn is awesome – a messaging service that Samsung can install on each of their phones, staying clear of carrier text messaging fees – but the service just didn’t take off how the company would have liked it to. As a competitor of messaging services like WhatsApp with over 500 million users and WeChat with over 600 million, ChatOn’s 100 million users just doesn’t add up.
What do you think of ChatOn, a useful addition or nothing more than bloatware? Let us know in the comments.