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Liveblog: AT&T Developer Summit 2013

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Jan 7, 2013, 11:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Jan 7, 2013, 1:29 PM

AT&T hosts its Developer Summit event every January in Vegas to coincide with CES, and most years, they announce some new phones to get developers excited. We're live on the scene to bring you the news as it happens on stage.

Jan 7, 2013, 1:32 PM: But fear not, we've got plenty of more CES news and coverage for you today! LATERZ!

Jan 7, 2013, 1:32 PM: I am not expecting any surprises at this point and they are ready to call it a day.

Jan 7, 2013, 1:31 PM: OK folks, looks like no phone announcements this morning. They are wrapping up and announcing the winners of the hackathon

Jan 7, 2013, 1:25 PM: Oh yay, another video.

Jan 7, 2013, 1:24 PM: Aww, love fest between Ralph and John. They <3 each other mucho.

Jan 7, 2013, 1:21 PM: Chambers is talking about how its networking stuff will help tie together a lot of AT&T's home automation stuff.

Jan 7, 2013, 1:19 PM: Ralph is back. He's bringing out Cisco CEO, John Chambers.

Jan 7, 2013, 1:17 PM: You've pretty much never heard of the companies that are partnering with AT&T to make this home automation stuff work. THe only component that relates to mobile is the ability to control things from your phone or tablet. AT&T demonstrated this stuff (turning on/off stuff in your home) in May od 2012 at CTIA.

Jan 7, 2013, 1:15 PM: Lurie is talking us through a real-world example. An AT&T trialling the system was able to see a robber steal a package off of his porch, send photos from the video feed to the police, and catch the bad guy within 30 minutes.

Jan 7, 2013, 1:13 PM: The company wants to sell flexible solutions to home customers. We've heard this story for decades. Control your home, get messages, see live cameras, etc. Kinda boring, if you ask me.

Jan 7, 2013, 1:13 PM: Glenn Lurie is really exited about this stuff.

Jan 7, 2013, 1:10 PM: AT&T says it owns everything home owners need, from A to Z, when it comes to home automation. They run the networks, have the hardware deals, the software, and everything.

Jan 7, 2013, 1:09 PM: Lurie is talking about what people want in their homes. Very people have it, very expensive, and pretty much no one can afford it. (Think Bill Gates house)

Jan 7, 2013, 1:06 PM: Glenn Lurie is now on stage. More talk about the home automation stuff.

Jan 7, 2013, 1:00 PM: AT&T believes the small cell tech will help it improve spectrum efficiency, build more cost efficient radio access networtks, and improve inbuilding coverage for businesses and consumers.

Jan 7, 2013, 1:00 PM: Plans to deploy more than 10,000 macro sites, 1,000 distributed atnenna systes, and 40,000 small sells. Will use much mroe small ccell technology to fill in teh gaps.

Jan 7, 2013, 12:59 PM: ENhances AT&T's ability to support voice and LTE>

Jan 7, 2013, 12:59 PM: 50% densification of its network on the way. Using small cell technology.

Jan 7, 2013, 12:59 PM: AT&T is detailing the improvements it has made, such as it ethernet backhaul (no fiber?), its cell site architecture, and the fact ath ti only lets one radio draw handset battery power at a time.

Jan 7, 2013, 12:57 PM: The company believes it has the largest 4G network (it includes HSPA+ as 4G).

Jan 7, 2013, 12:57 PM: AT&T plans to cover 300M POPs by the end of 2014, but that's nothing new.

Jan 7, 2013, 12:53 PM: I am pretty sure the Pantech Discover, released earlier this morning, is the only phone being announced by AT&T today. I am keeping my fingers crossed that they'll surprise us with something towards the end of the keynote.

Jan 7, 2013, 12:52 PM: Oh, by the way, NO NEW PHONE ANNOUNCEMENTS YET.

Jan 7, 2013, 12:52 PM: Developers are able to access AT&T's network through various means and with many different technologies.

Jan 7, 2013, 12:51 PM: Now John Donovan is on stage, who is in charge of AT&T's network.

Jan 7, 2013, 12:49 PM: The audience is now voting via text message for the three presenters.

Jan 7, 2013, 12:49 PM: Pro tip for live presenters: Using your kids is super cute, but rarely ever works out like you want it to.

Jan 7, 2013, 12:46 PM: "HearHear, voice on social, use your words."

Jan 7, 2013, 12:46 PM: The second hacker is talking about storing audio in the cloud so you can say something about stuff you see and then send the comments to your social networks.

Jan 7, 2013, 12:44 PM: I really have no idea what the first developer was attempting to pitch. Something nutty with headphones and rejecting calls.

Jan 7, 2013, 12:40 PM: AT&T is now hosting a hackathon for developers. There's going to be some sort of live competition on stage.

Jan 7, 2013, 12:37 PM: For example, the caller can ring an entire support network (parents, grandparents, aunts, etc). So if one of the people doesn't answer, it will auto be sent to another phone number in the support network.

Jan 7, 2013, 12:36 PM: They are now showing a product called MyaNumber. THis is a product that lets kids call a single number to reach their parents and have the call passed around unti someone will answer it.

Jan 7, 2013, 12:29 PM: AT&T is bringing up Shai Leib from AskZiggy, which offers a speech API to make its customers' experience better.

Jan 7, 2013, 12:26 PM: The voice APIs means that app developers will be able to add voice recognition powers to their applications for AT&T devices.

Jan 7, 2013, 12:25 PM: AT&T is bringing more features to its speech API, which is part of its Watson speech recognition engine. Adding languages: German, French, Chinese, Japanese, and Spanish.

Jan 7, 2013, 12:22 PM: David Christopher, CMO, is now on stage to talk about the support AT&T's developer program has.

Jan 7, 2013, 12:20 PM: They are showing a video now about connected cars, which includes infotainment stuff for the rear seat, as well as vital communications for the driver.

Jan 7, 2013, 12:14 PM: Ralph is talking up is wireless Digital Life system for controlling your home from your phone or your tablet.

Jan 7, 2013, 12:13 PM: Ralph: You ain't seen nothing yet. 2013 is going to be better than 2012.

Jan 7, 2013, 12:12 PM: "We think 2013 will be a great year for Windows Phone 8."

Jan 7, 2013, 12:12 PM: AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega is recapping its successes from the last year. Talking up the iPhone, its LTE network, its' commitment to tablets and so on.

Jan 7, 2013, 12:11 PM: AT&T's Developer Summit is finally getting under way here in Las Vegas.

About the author, Eric M. Zeman:

Eric has been covering the mobile telecommunications industry for 17 years at various print and online publications. He studied at Rutgers Newark and University of Kentucky, and has a degree in writing. He likes playing guitar, attending concerts, listening to music, and driving sports cars.


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