With Alexa and Echo it was only a matter of time, I suppose…
Yesterday a site called AFTVnews spilled the beans on a survey that’s been circulating among Amazon users, indicating that the company is getting into the messaging racket. The name they’re going with is Anytime; I’ve transcribed the text from a separate graphic detailing its features:
Everything you’ve always wanted in a messaging app—and a whole lot more!
Everyone’s on it. Reach all your friends just using name. No numbers needed.
Private & secure. Keep chats private and encryt [sp] important messages (like bank account details)
Works everywhere. Chat seamlessly across desktop or mobile, iPhone or Android
Great for groups. With @mentions, fast photo sharing and video chat, group messaging is easy and fun
High-quality voice & video calls. Call a friend one-on-one or get on a group call; it’s always free.
Express yourself. Mix up your conversations with GIFs, stickers and emojis.
Filters for photos and videos: Make video calls and pics fun with special effects and masks.
Game on: Challenge friends and groups to games
Customize chats: Color code your conversations or add nicknames for your friends
New ways to hang out: Share your location, listen to music, order food together, split a bill, and a lot more; all in Anytime
Chat with businesses: Get super service, on your terms: make reservations, check on your orders, and even shop!
Chatting with businesses will likely be the big—possibly the only—reason for anyone to use this. UPS, for example, would do well to have a chatbot in place at launch to field all those queries for late and/or missing packages. 🙄