Mobile Trend Suggested by the 2012 AT&T Developer Summit

The 2012 AT&T Developer Summit took place on January 9th in Las Vegas. There were close to 2,500 guests from 33 different counties in attendance.

The big announcements were as follows:

  • The AT&T API Platform exposes a core set of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), offers unique developer monetization opportunities, and supports a robust development environment. The target is HTML5 developers since HTML5 addresses the device fragmentation problems. APIs include Payments, U-verse, MMS/SMS, Location, Device capabilities and AT&T mHealth.
  • AT&T Cloud Architect offers a cloud space with private and public options for developers to use.
  • AT&T joined the Open Stack initiative.
  • AT&T Application Resource Optimizer (ARO) is a free diagnostic tool for analyzing the performance of mobile applications (Apps). It helps an app run faster and smarter by providing recommendations to optimize Apps performance, speed, network impact and battery utilization.
  • Six new Android devices! Sony Xperia Ion; Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD; Samsung Galaxy Note; Samsung Exhilarate; Pantech Element and the Pantech Burst.
  • The first LTE Windows phone HTC Titan II
  • Sony’s PlayStation Vita, a portal gaming device, will be launched with embedded 3G on AT&T network later this quarter. AT&T will provide data plans for the devices.
  • AT&T U-verse Enabled APIs allow your app to interact with the AT&T U-verse IPTV service via the AT&T U-verse receiver (set-top box).
  • AT&T next generation AppCenter will be rolled out to support HTML5 and Android Apps.
  • AT&T made 150,000 total network improvements last year and will finish LTE deployment by the end of 2013.

The live stream of the keynote can be found here.

The Mobile trends indicated are as follows:

  • Consumers love Apps that make their lives easier and happier. Developers want to differentiate and monetize their Apps. For service providers, Apps not only sell mobile devices, but also sell network usage. In this ecosystem, APIs play a crucial role since they enable developers to access software and hardware to develop powerful Apps.

The AT&T Developer Program provides various APIs and encourages Apps innovation and collaboration by hosting Hackathons / contests and awarding winners generously. All these efforts benefit the consumers who depend on their mobile devices to connect with their world and to have fun (gaming; for example).

  • From another perspective, consumers’ desire for Apps demands emerging devices and faster networks.

Therefore, AT&T continues to introduce new devices and improve its network. Consumers are the powerful influencers in the mobile space.

  • Cloud computing is still at its early stage and there are a lot of proprietary implementations in the space. Open Stack is an initiative to provide an open development model to foster cloud standards, remove the fear of proprietary lock-in for cloud customers, and create a large ecosystem that spans cloud providers.

The fact that AT&T joined the Open Stack as the first carrier speaks for AT&T’s intention to support the effort to move the Cloud computing to the next level.

The mobile world is changing and Cloud computing makes it more interesting. 2012 will be a good year for businesses to leverage mobile cloud ecosystem

So what do you think?  Which of these trends do you feel will grow the fastest in 2012?  Which might not be around in a year?  Are there other technologies you’d like to see emerge in 2012?  We look forward to your comments.
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