Samsung is shutting down its ChatOn messaging service in the next few months, the manufacturer has announced. The cross-platform messaging service will go dark on February 1 for the majority of users around the world, though apparently users in the United States could have access to the service for a little while longer than everyone else.
An announcement received by Yonhap News states "the move came in line with efforts to meet the changing demand in the market and provide differentiated services to users, focusing on other areas such as health and mobile commerce."
Before the service goes dark permanently, users will have the ability to download chat logs, videos, and photographs stored on the service. Engadget was informed by the company that ChatOn will not shut down on February 1 in the United States, though it will still shut down sometime in the first quarter.
Launched in August 2011, ChatOn aimed to take on the likes of BlackBerry Messenger and other cross-platform services, offering group chats, animated messages, and rankings showing contacts the user communicated with most frequently. Initially launching on Android then iOS, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone, the service appeared to have some traction, achieving 100 million users in September last year. Even so, this is not enough to counteract other messaging heavyweights, including Skype and WhatsApp.