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Amazon May Unveil Its Own Messaging App (engadget.com) 87

The messaging app field is as hot as ever with Apple, Facebook and Google (among others) slugging it out... and Amazon appears to want in on the action. From a report: AFTVnews claims to have customer survey info revealing that Amazon is working on Anytime, a messaging app for Android, iOS and the desktop that promises a few twists on the usual formula. It has mainstays like message encryption, video, voice and (of course) stickers, but it reportedly has a few hooks that would make it easy to sign up and participate in group chats. You would only need a name to reach out to someone, for one thing -- no WhatsApp-style dependence on phone numbers here. You only have to use Twitter-style @ mentions to bring people into conversations or share photos, and you can color-code chats to identify the most important ones. Naturally, there are app-like functions (such as group music listening and food ordering) and promises of chatting with businesses for shopping or customer service.

Amazon May Unveil Its Own Messaging App

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    just what we need, another messaging app

    • Hey, I was going to say that. Maybe I should roll out a new messaging app to tell everyone. I can just say 'Oi, you' and it automagically knows who is meant. No need for twitter style hashtag shit, just go to the window and shout your message into the wind. It'll get there.
    • Seriously, must be a case of silicon valley mistaking itself for everyone else."Everyone is totally going to download the latest app because it's the hot new thing!"

      I switched to a pay as you go plan for texts, thought "No problem, I'm on wifi all the time, I'll just switch to whatsapp." Realized no one I know actually uses whatsapp. Tried to get the maybe 5 people I regularly communicate with to download and set it up. "It's cheaper and you can use it from your computer."

      All it did was make me realiz
      • A great argument for applications that don't need any kind of explicit installation?
      • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward

        There is already a universal messaging app built into every phone called SMS/MMS. This BS of more and more isolated messaging apps needs to stop. I just recently ridded my phone of all messaging apps other than SMS/MMS and google hangouts for those i keep in touch with overseas where SMS/MMS can be expensive.

        If anyone I know tries to get me on the latest messaging app fad i just flat out tell them send me a txt.

  • Good idea. If only someone had it before...

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Yes, because IRC is so very hard to use.

  • their collaboration app was.

    If there's an executable in the AppData directory I consider their app a failure already.

    If there's no Linux version - especially considering how much Amazon themselves relies on Linux it's an even bigger failure than I originally thought.

    • by stealth_finger ( 1809752 ) on Monday July 17, 2017 @10:46AM (#54825445)

      If there's no Linux version

      Of course there will no no linux version. Not nearly enough people to advertise to and the ones that there are will say 'fuck this shit'

      • And why release a Linux version? Either people will complain it's not open source, and send annoying petitions about it. Or the Linux version will be used for reverse engineering the protocol because the debug tools on Linux are so much better than on Windows.

  • If someone wants to use a messaging app, I'm sure by now they've decided on one they like. Unless this is linked into the reviews or questions on Amazon store I'm not sure the point.

    If it IS linked into the Amazon store, I'm never asking/answering a question again and I'm not reviewing anything again.

    • If someone wants to use a messaging app, I'm sure by now they've decided on one they like. Unless this is linked into the reviews or questions on Amazon store I'm not sure the point.

      If it IS linked into the Amazon store, I'm never asking/answering a question again and I'm not reviewing anything again.

      I'd be willing to put money on them doing exactly that. It'll recognise products and link to them for easy shopping, of course they'll just do it on the sly at first until it's going then they'll ramp it up in an update and call it a feature.

      • I can picture the first time calling someone an arsehole on the app and a wavy double blue line appears under the word... so you click it and it takes you to anal beads for sale.

  • And in a year ... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by John Jorsett ( 171560 ) on Monday July 17, 2017 @10:15AM (#54825273)
    will we be hearing that Amazon is going to be selling our names and chat contents to third parties for advertising purposes?
    • by Anonymous Coward

      I would have picked this one: https://xkcd.com/927/

    • by TWX ( 665546 )

      Funny, he apparently missed IRC, at least on a cursory scan, along with UNIX "talk".

  • WeChat embeds an impressive gamut of e-commerce within its messaging platform. Amazon may evolve some aspects tailoring for other markets where WeChat largely absent. Can imagine there is room for Amazon with its vast resources to have a decent chance to trial with perhaps some errors along the way but eventually refine a useful tool .
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Just like their crappy phone...

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Too many proprietary apps out there.

    I'd rather use the FOSS Tor Messenger Beta [torproject.org]

  • by DontBeAMoran ( 4843879 ) on Monday July 17, 2017 @11:16AM (#54825683)

    We are still getting fucking iframe banners with a static position at the top that covers 33% of our display.

    Slashdot is fucking broke, you annoy us with shit like this and you wonder why you are losing readers. Fucking imbeciles.

    • Have mod points, will post instead.
      Dude. Use Adblock. Seriously.

    • This. Slashdot is the only page out of the daily news that I CAN'T read while my laptop is in portrait mode. Seeing 3 words per line down the side followed by mostly empty space is a disgrace for a website targeted at nerds.

  • Anything that takes down Facebook and Twitter is welcome.

    • by GuB-42 ( 2483988 )

      Do you really think it will?
      Even freakin' Google couldn't take down Facebook, and they own a large chunk of the internet.
      Amazon is really good at selling stuff but it is pretty much at level zero when it comes to social networking.

      It may have some success for customer service though.

  • Please don't (Score:5, Interesting)

    by slashdice ( 3722985 ) on Monday July 17, 2017 @11:45AM (#54825941)
    Amazon's consumer facing software is awful. I assume they outsource it to the cheapest Indian body shop they can find.
  • FireChat

    Prediction: it will go down in flames.

    • by PPH ( 736903 )

      Heisenberg. They _may_ unveil it.

      Also, when it does come out, it will be about two orders of magnitude bigger than it needs to be.

  • It's time for the EU to mandate an open standard for messaging apps so you can choose the one you like and not the one most of your friends use.

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