AT&T CES 2013 Event Highlights New APIs, Whole-House Connectivity Plans, And No New Phones

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We already knew about one new AT&T smartphone, the just-announced Pantech Discover, and as the carrier’s CES event gets underway, we prepare to see if the carrier will aim for a repeat of last year, when it introduced half a dozen new Androids to its lineup.

Things kicked-off with president and CEO Ralph de la Vega pointing out how AT&T’s LTE service delivers higher bandwidth than its competitors, and then looking back at some of the smartphones the carrier offered over the course of last year. He then got into talking about mobile payments, which AT&T will be offering on its phones as part of its support for the ISIS system.

AT&T has some interesting new APIs for developers to take advantage of; it demoed one such system that would let a subscriber enter their AT&T phone number into an app, and then have the system automatically fill-in the rest of the user’s contact data based on their subscriber info.

Just like LG did during its event, AT&T made a big deal about connected devices, especially focusing on what wireless connectivity will bring to smart cars.

Also like LG, AT&T wants to get your smartphone talking to home appliances, HVAC systems, security, and lighting controls. The carrier is going to start offering users in certain markets the opportunity to have their homes wired-up for this kind of connectivity, offering both “simple” and “smart” levels of interaction. By the end of the year, such full-home smartphone control will be available in fifty markets.

Sadly, there was no news of new devices, and it looks like that Pantech handset may be the only AT&T phone we’re hearing about today.

Source: Android Police

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!