Version 2.0 is, as you might expect, a major update for the app. It includes cross-device syncing, multiple image messaging, new social features and enhanced support for tablets.
It's that cross-device syncing which is seen as the biggest improvement in version 2.0. The new version allows ChatON users to chat on up to five devices, including the Web. Cross-device access includes not just the current conversation, but chat history and friend lists.
However, for tablets, the addition of push-to-talk voice messaging might be seen as the biggest improvement. Naturally, tablets don't have the capability of making a normal phone call, although VOIP apps enable that functionality for many. Thus, this feature is a boon for some.
Samsung also added a number of other editing and settings-related changes to its tablet version to bring the user experience closer to that of smartphones.
ChatON, which had a rocky introduction, sees WhatsApp and services such as Line and WeChat as its biggest rivals. It's also seen its rating on Google Play reach a figure of 4.1 and has somewhere between 10 million and 50 million downloads (WhatsApp, by comparison, has a 4.6 rating and between 100 million and 500 million downloads).
The changelists for the smartphone and tablet versions on Android are listed below.
- Sign in with Samsung account: All connected devices receive the same message simultaneously
- Move Special buddy to More menu
- Improvement of My Page: Multiple profile images & Comment on PostON
- Change font style of chat room
- Send multiple images at once
- Send Anicon/Animessage+text
- Walkie-talkie [push-to-talk]
- Improvement to My Page
- Add image effects
- Add group profile editing
- Add members of chat room as a group
- Add typing status