You might not use ChatON, but a lot of other people do. It probably has something to do with it being bundled with some of the most popular Android phones. All those devices and more are getting an update today as Samsung pushes out a new version of ChatON with some cool added features.

1 2

ChatON does require a Samsung account, but the feature set isn't bad. It has 1:1 and groups chat support, and it works on PCs with full message sync. The new update makes the following changes:

  • Message translation
    • From and to Korean, Chinese, Japanese, English
    • From German, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese to English, and vice versa
  • Automatic message backup on the device
  • Simplified registration process
  • Sending animated GIF files and audio files
  • Supporting for interoperability with ChatON Voice & Video Chat (only on Galaxy S4)

3 4

5 6

The video and audio chat on the Galaxy S4 is certainly a nice bonus. There is still some cool stuff like animated GIFs for those rocking other devices, though. The update is live now, so go get it.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • ProductFRED

    All 3 users will be thrilled.

    • Michael Ta

      they'll be so happy about this new update!

    • RitishOemraw

      Yup, you better 'belive' it!

      belive.... -_-

  • gumbald

    Victoraia changes her name.

  • sourabh

    who the hell even uses this

  • Alex

    Agreed with the others. I'm sure that there must be some people using it (maybe Samsung employees?) but I'm not aware of anyone, so I don't feel I'm missing out on the voice/video chat currently unavailable on the S3.

    Did someone miss the [Sponsored Post] tag that's on most ChatOn articles on AP?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      This app has over 50mln installs (granted, most are pre-installs) and 70,000 ratings. We had one sponsored post. The app is clearly something some people do care about, even if you aren't one of them.

      • Alex

        Hmm, sorry. I though I'd seen a second sponsored post in March, but looks like I was mistaken.

        I'd still be interested to know what demographic is using this. Also, I have no problem with sponsored posts (you have to make a living, and you have the integrity to make it clear), I was just surprised to see this update get a news post.

  • zmberven

    "Do you know plan?"

  • RitishOemraw

    1st screen: Adam lambert has a face-change :P
    'belive' in the text of the 2nd screen.
    3rd screen shows the human centipede

    4th screen...hmmm nothing
    5th screen you better 'belive' in the new Adam lambert :P

  • yobbei

    That is NOT Victoria Justice.

  • Zhelyazko Atanasov

    Who designed this.... thing that... noone uses?

  • Guest

    Will somebody please teel

  • mynamedoesnotfi

    Will somebody please tell Aaron the plan? Breaks my heart to see him like that on his 'birth day.'

    • Mobile Phones Fan

      Why bother? He won't 'belive it', anyway.

  • james kendall

    still bloatwear

  • always questioning

    For what reason Video chat is restricted to S4 is beyond me. If transfer rates are ok it could nicely replace skype if it only would allow more devices

  • Robbie Amburgey

    Make fun, but this app is what Hangouts should be. It works consistently with 20+ people in a room, no lag or bugs.

  • Pandi

    I know people who updated to the new version but it crashed and they can no longer use their ChatOn.

  • Paras

    I have both my number on chat on how to deactivate my number