Samsung today announced the launch of version 2.0 of ChatON, the company’s Over-the-Top (OTT) messaging service.
Much like Apple’s iMessage and FaceTime products, ChatOn allows users of the service to connect with others via voice, video and texting channels.
ChatON comes installed on all Samsung mobile devices and is also available for download from the Samsung Apps. The company boasts that the service is now available in over 200 countries in more than 60 languages.
The upgraded service works on phones, tablets, connected cameras and within any Web browser.
ChatON 2.0 features a multiscreen mode, which enables a user to chat with up to five connected devices using a single account. The new version also allows users to invite friends to ChatON conversations from a wider variety of platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and Weibo.
OTT services like ChatON and iMessage have proved incredibly disruptive to carriers that have traditionally counted on revenue from text messaging.
Research firm Ovum forecasts that mobile operators will lose $23 billion in SMS revenues to OTT messaging services. By 2016, Ovum expects this number to increase to over $54 billion.