It seems that Amazon wants to dig its heels in messaging apps and have something of their own. It is rumoured that an app called Anytime is in the works.
As per a report by aftvnewsAmazon is working on a standalone messaging app Anytime and currently surveying customers about a new messaging service to gauge which features are most important to users. It’s unclear how far along the new service is, but one customer said the survey seemed to imply it was a ready product.
The Anytime app may focus on voice and video call, apart from the messaging. It is expected to support groups feature as well so that users can play multiplayer games, listen to music and ordering food. Like Whatsapp, it will also encrypt messages.
Amazon is also expected to introduce its speakers, Echo, powered Amazon’s voice assistant, Alexa Voice Services (AVS) in India by the end of this year. Before launching the product, Amazon is making sure that its Alexa Assistant is compatible with the Indian languages. The speakers will initially use English, it will later be updated to various Indian languages including Marathi, Tamil, and Hindi. Already, a multilingual interface is being worked upon at Amazon’s facility in Chennai.
Apart from the language support, Alexa on Echo will allow India’s tech-savvy elites to sit in their homes or offices and execute their commands such as to buy groceries online or book a cab. For online purchases, Alexa will link to Amazon’s online marketplace, the second-largest in India.