Inc. wants a slice of the consumer messaging market, at least according to a report published late last week.
If successful, there's also plenty of advertising opportunity there, as Facebook has found with its Messenger service.
It looks like Amazon is working on an app called Anytime that it will release for Android, iOS, and desktop users. That's especially important because the service will also allow users to chat with businesses, make reservations, and of course, since this is from Amazon, allow users to shop.
There's also support for location sharing, simultaneous music listening, food ordering, and bill split.
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Messaging apps dominate the top charts of the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. Anytime by Amazon will apparently let you "reach all your friends just using their name" without needing their phone numbers.
Amazon has been putting its focus on messaging app that coordinates with its Alexa line of gadgets, and Anytime appears like the ideal administration to incorporate into the virtual aides. We are already accustomed to using popular services like Facebook, Whatsapp, Snapchat, WeChat and others, however, rumors are afloat that there will be a new entrant in this already crowded market.
Messaging apps are one of the easier ways to communicate these days, not only do they work with your Internet without incurring extra charges.
Nearly everyone who owns a smartphone uses one or more messaging apps to communicate not only with family and friends, but with businesses and services too. There is no clarity as to when the service will be launched. So, it shouldn't come as a surprise if the company suddenly drops a standalone messaging app. Amazon has spent some time carrying out multiple surveys from customers to find out what more the company can bring.