Back in November we heard rumours that Samsung would be shuttering its instant massaging service ChatOn and although the company denied that it was happening, they have just confirmed that it will be switched off for every market except the US on 1st February 2015.
According to a statement from Samsung to Engadget “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. We remain committed to offering services that cater to our consumers’ lifestyles and add value to their everyday lives.”
In its prime, ChatOn had more than 100 million users but the likes of Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and WeChat have taken over as dominant forces in the market leaving ChatOn as a relic of Samsung’s plans of old.
Samsung is facing some tough times at the moment with increased competition having a severe effect on the South Koren company’s profits and shuttering of non-essential services like ChatOn is inevitable as the executive team tried to right the ship.[Source – Engdaget]