AT&T Makes Renewed Commitment to Apps for Other Platforms
Today in Las Vegas, AT&T announced new initiatives to bring more applications to all its customers and not just those using iPhones. The two most significant expansions include carrier billing support for both Google's Android Market and Nokia's Ovi Store. These alone will open up a better experience for customers looking to download applications that require payment. AT&T also announced an agreement with Qualcomm to standardize apps development for mid-range Quick Messaging Devices using BREW Mobile Platform. These devices are used by millions of customers who historically have not had the same access as smartphone customers to the market’s hottest apps.
Several Banks Add Android Pay to Their Own Apps
Google has partnered with a small number of financial institutions in order to ease the process of signing up for Android Pay. Several banks, including Bank of America, Bank of New Zealand, Discover, mBank, and USAA, now let customers add debit/credit cards directly to Android Pay from within the mobile banking app.
Google Brings Standalone Apps to Android Wear 1.0 Hardware
Google this week updated some of its Play Store policies that will improve the availability of apps for older Android-based smartwatches. Specifically, Google has made multi-APK apps available to Android Wear 1.0 devices.
Internet Giants Agree to Support Tiny KaiOS on Feature Phones
Kai says its small operating system is about to get a lot bigger. The company has struck agreements with Airfind, Facebook, Google, and Twitter, each of which will offer its core apps to the fledgling platform.
Microsoft Adds Carrier Billing to Windows Store
Microsoft has expanded an existing agreement with Boku to bring carrier billing to the Windows Store. Sprint is the first carrier too support the service, which means Sprint customers will be able to charge Microsoft Store purchases to their monthly bill.
Carrier Billing? No thanks
This might be a convenience for some, but I'd rather separate my software purchases, and I suspect a plurality of users will feel similarly about their smartphones.
I don't see how that translates into yo...
at&t only has one phone
The better phone (RIM) will do what they have always done, and take care of themselves.