AT&T integrates APIs into Appcelerator developer platform

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AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) will offer application programming interfaces for its speech, messaging and payment services via the Appcelerator Titanium developer platform, TechCrunch reports.

With the move, Appcelerator's 350,000 developer partners can begin integrating AT&T services like direct carrier billing, automatic speech translation and messaging into native and HTML5 apps optimized for platforms including Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS and Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android. Developers have already built more than 50,000 apps on the Titanium platform, with downloads in excess of 80 million.

TechCrunch notes that the entire AT&T/Appcelerator deal was ironed out in fewer than 90 days, which a source called "a very significant change in how large networks, telcos and carriers like an AT&T" typically operate. Financial terms were not disclosed. Insiders say that Appcelerator is also in talks to enter a similar partnership with Deutsche Telekom, the parent firm of T-Mobile USA.

AT&T first opened its Watson speech recognition APIs to developers in July 2012, with an emphasis on seven areas: Web search, local business search, question and answer, voicemail to text, SMS, U-verse electronic programming guides and a dictation API for general speech recognition implementation. Writing on the operator's Innovation Space blog this spring, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of Technology and Network Operations John Donovan said AT&T Labs researchers have been working on Watson services for years, adding the company retains more than 600 patents in the area of speech recognition.

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