(I am not at CES yet - plane leaves in a couple of hours).
AT&T is holding their press conference this morning.
In the quick review of what I can see online, they seem to be turning their network into a development platform with numerous APIs available now. Â APIs, it seems, such as in-app purchase management, their own ad network for mobile apps, and much more. And they see HTML5 as the future for cross platform development.
This is important because it means AT&T “gets it” with regards to the power of software customization and enabling third parties to add value to their network services. Â Third party apps create an enhanced ecosystem that adds value to their network and should eventually attract more customers.
It would be nice to see other vendors - say camera makers - release software development kits and APIs so that third parties can similarly add value and unleash new capabilities in their products.