Near the end of November, it was reported that Samsung had begun the long-winded process of shutting down ChatOn, its cross-platform messaging service. It was believed Samsung would do so in stages, across certain territories, before ultimately ending the platform altogether.
Soon after that report surfaced, Samsung came forward and denied it, saying that ChatOn wasn’t going anywhere. Turns out Samsung was simply trying to bide some time, because the company has confirmed to the Wall Street Journal that ChatOn is indeed getting shut down. The process will begin in February, on the first day of the month, everywhere other than in the United States.
The U.S. will get its connection to ChatOn severed by the month of March.
Samsung says its shutting down ChatOn because of the “fast-changing market environment,” and that the closure will give the company a better opportunity to focus on mobile commerce and health. Indeed, it was reported on December 16 that Samsung is teaming up with LoopPay to build a mobile payments service, so it would appear that Samsung is at least putting quite a bit of effort in that idea.
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