E-commerce giant Amazon is gearing up to introduce a new instant messaging app called Anytime, according to AFTV News. It is said to offer an all-in-one feature rich service to take on the likes of Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Snapchat, and more. Amazon is reportedly surveying customers in the matter of possible features. However, the report does not say much with regards to a release timeline or exactly what Anytime will be capable of. The app is said to carry multiple functionalities, though.
The report says Amazon Anytime will focus a lot of things in addition to touting itself as a mere standalone messaging app. The service is said to deal with voice/video calling, photo/video sharing (with an ability to apply filters), mention users, send GIFs/stickers, and play games. The app is likely to secure and encrypted and will be functional on smartphones, tablets, PCs, and smart watches.
The survey suggests users do not need to rely on mobile numbers to add new contacts, unlike WhatsApp. Instead, users can reach friends and relatives users their name. The app lets users keep chats private and encrypt important messages such as bank account details. Since it supports mentions, the app is likely to support groups, much like WhatsApp and other similar apps.
Interestingly, Amazon Anytime will reportedly offer some new ways to play multiplayer games and connect with other users. These in-app games could let users challenge their friends to play against each other. Furthermore, the app is also said to let users share their location, listen to music, order food together, split a bill, and more. Amazon announced enterprise-focused communication service dubbed Chime earlier this year.