CES 2014: AT&T launches U-verse API for Android

Michelle Clancy | 07-01-2014

AT&T has launched open APIs for the Android platform, widening the devices that developers can write U-verse TV apps for.

The APIs allow developers to use AT&T technology in their apps and work with experts at AT&T Labs and the AT&T Foundry.

AT&T first launched its U-verse-enabled programme and APIs for other mobile platforms in late 2011. The programme has created more than 15 U-verse-enabled apps since then, allowing customers to use the apps on their smartphones and tablets to further engage with their TV. There are more than five million sessions of U-verse-enabled apps each month, the carrier said.

"When U-verse customers use our interactive apps, they're more engaged and more satisfied with their experience," said GW Shaw, vice president of video and U-verse services for AT&T Home Solutions. "We look forward to working with more developers to bring fun and innovative apps to U-verse."

For instance, developer Splitmo used AT&T's open APIs and the U-verse Enabled platform to create Poker Night TV, a new app launching this week. Up to eight players can join for a virtual Texas Hold'em poker game on their U-verse TV and supporting smartphones or tablets.

"Our focus is to integrate your TV and mobile apps in innovative ways, and AT&T's open APIs allowed us to bring Poker Night TV to more than five million U-verse TV customers in a quick and easy way," said Splitmo founder Rob Witman. "We're proud to make our game app available on the AT&T platform."