Amazon is Reportedly Readying a New Messaging Platform Called 'Anytime'

Amazon is reportedly working on bringing a new mobile messaging platform to the table, according to customer survey details obtained by AFTVnews.

The chat service for iOS, Android, and desktop is said to be called "Anytime" and will include typical messaging features like encryption, video and voice calling, but with some novel touches added to the mix that suggest social network-style aspirations for the app.


For example, it looks as if Anytime users will only need to use a name – as opposed to a phone number, a la WhatsApp – to link themselves and invite others to the service, although its not entirely clear how this will work. There's also talk of Twitter-like @ mentions to involve users in conversation threads or to share photos.

Elsewhere in Amazon's customer survey information are references to additional features such as the ability to color code conversations, play games, order food together, split a bill, location sharing, and group music listening. Users will also apparently be able to chat with businesses through the service, make reservations, check on orders, and even shop, with sensitive content like bank details protected by encryption.

It's possible Anytime will be powered by Chime, Amazon's chat service for enterprise users that it launched earlier in the year. There's also potential scope for Alexa integration – given that the company recently launched messaging and calling features for Alexa devices, it could benefit from separating out these functions in a separate app.

There's no word on when the Anytime service might launch, but Amazon will have to show it can offer something genuinely fresh and appealing if it expects to convince longtime users of rival platforms like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger to jump ship.

Whatever its plans, Amazon clearly isn't resting on its laurels in the hardware and connected services spaces. Earlier this week it emerged that Amazon is actively developing a redesigned Echo speaker to compete with Apple's forthcoming HomePod. Both smart devices are expected to launch later this year.

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31 months ago
Just what we need... another messaging ecosystem.
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31 months ago
I love that they literally just took Apples Messages icon and flipped it.
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31 months ago
Literally in the title of this comic.

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31 months ago
Until a year later, they decide to insert ads and other "features" designed to mine data from their customers.
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31 months ago
This would be a good time for Apple to release iMessage for non-apple devices.
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31 months ago

This would be a good time for Apple to release iMessage for non-apple devices.


It's a good time for Apple to do a lot of things, but I think TC and co. reside in Apple world, far far away, and the competition looks so tiny from up there.
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31 months ago

Apple is not responding to market forces and giving people what they want. I just switched from iPhone to the super sexy Samsung Galaxy S8 phone. Amazing technology. I can do things I couldn't do before. There are just too many cool things to name. Likewise, I ditched the iPad and switched to the Samsung GalaxyTab. Also amazing. I can do so many things with Samsung's rich and vibrant software such as edit movies and create songs and write a novel. The tech is far above the custom-made Apple crapware and limiting iOS system, which is far inferior to the Samsung-edited Android.

I also plan on dumping my iMac and MacBook for PCs. The competition has better hardware and software. iCloud, iBooks, Pages, Keynote, iMovie, GarageBand, Notes, Reminders, etc., all these task-based and productivity crapware and bloatware doest not exist on Windows. Also, Multi-Touch is such a gimmick on a computer, much like 3D Touch is on a touchscreen. Who asked for 3D Touch? It's stupid and gimmicky. Until Android gets it. Then it'll be amazing as we definitely need another dimension with touch-based interfaces. Sensing touch but also degrees of pressure? Really cool. Definitely love that PlayStation controllers can recognize degrees of pressure to make gaming way more dynamic.

I've never been more happier with the competition. Too bad Apple doesn't care.


Good for you. Sorry to see you go. I mean, since you’re dumping your Apple stuff, there’s no reason for you to stay (and/or post) on a Apple-centric site.

So, don’t let door hit you on the arse, on the way out. Toodles!
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31 months ago

I love that they literally just took Apples Messages icon and flipped it.

and took wechat's color scheme
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31 months ago

and took wechat's color scheme


No they just took the icon from macOS and the color from iOS.
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31 months ago
The last thing I need is yet another IM app to juggle with all of the other closed-off apps.

It would be amazing if something like Adium was able to support them all. But nope. The big companies are too stubborn to open up. Facebook Messenger even used to be compatible with Jabber until they went out of their way and killed that off (and killed any interest of mine in Facebook)
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