AT&T announced the beta launch of its new Enhanced WebRTC API. WebRTC enables browsers to utilize voice and video features without a plugin. The API allows such functionality to extend to mobile devices and apps. In turn, the need for peer-to-peer, browser-to-browser communication goes away. As the first US carrier to announce Enhanced WebRTC support, AT&T may have just unleashed a new era in voice and video communication.
Because the Enhanced WebRTC API extends WebRTC functionality beyond the browser, calls act like traditional calls. Mobile numbers, landlines, and smart devices all stand as viable candidates to communicate via the new offering. The API approach also allows seamless transition of a call from one device to another. For instance, a user that initiated a communication over a browser can transfer the communication to a mobile phone without losing connection.
While AT&T remains a heated competitor against other carriers, the new API allows WebRTC functionality to extend to any device, regardless of carrier or platform. Cross-platform, cross-carrier functionality enables enterprises to empower workers with such technology. For example, AT&T recently demoed the offering at its AT&T Developer Summit. During the demonstration, a user was able to make a plane reservation via video chat on a laptop via the user's mobile phone number. After completion, the reservation confirmation and flight data was transfered to the mobile phone.
As communication features continue to move boundaries, empower individuals, and create a more mobile world; innovation is a key to ongoing success. As many have demonstrated in the past, an API strategy to innovation allows service providers to offer cutting edge technology with minimal integration fuss. With a few lines of code, developers can include Enhanced WebRTC features through AT&T's new API. To learn more, visit the API site.