RingPlus, mobile virtual network operator, has announced one of the industry’s first public cellular APIs: the RingPlus API. The API offers a carrier-grade wireless platform to the public. With the API, businesses and developers can completely control mobile phone service, and gain access to world-class mobile networks.
In theory the rise of software-defined networking is supposed to give rise to a new class of applications that will give developers more control over, for example, location-based services. In actual practice no one is quite certain how developer will invoke SDN capabilities, but the folks at Hewlett-Packard are anxious to find out.
When it comes to text messages, Twilio thinks pictures speak volumes. To that end, the cloud carrier has added MMS capabilities to and from Canadian numbers and via short code in the US, the company announced at its Twiliocon user conference today. In addition, Twilio is dropping the cost of its text messaging by 25% for US phone numbers.
Response Tap, leader in voice-centric marketing technology, recently released the Response Tap API. The Response Tap API enables developers to include Response Tap’s number provisioning, call features, and reporting features within third party apps. Response Tap’s proprietary software allows companies to track a caller’s actions on a website before, during, and after a call. Such tracking technology provides better understanding of marketing activities.
Call Loop, web-based voice and SMS solution provider, offers the Call Loop API that allows developers to add Call Loop’s calling and SMS features to third party apps. Often referred to as the “Constant Contact” for voice and text, Call Loop focuses on broadcast communications. Businesses or individuals can reach subscriber bases via voice or text messages.
In a bid for a larger chunk of the unified communications market, CounterPath announced an API for its Bria for Windows communications platform. The Vancouver company produces softphones, which allow users to make Internet phone calls (think Skype and Google Voice) from a computer or a mobile device. Although a relatively small player in the market, Counterpath has a respectable 10 million downloads of its client. Its client consists of X-lite, free, and Bria for commercial use. Bria offers voice and video over fixed, mobile and WiFi networks. It’s ability to automatically switch to WiFi, allows users to stay connected while saving money.
Are you a developer wishing you could insert Siri-like capabilities into your app? Wit is in the alpha phase but worth a close look. In the graphic below, and if you go to their website, y0u see how it translates language into meaning. Every example parses an intent. Examples are weather forecast (from the graphic), restaurant booking, get (something), heating control. There are an infinite number of intentions–because you can define them. Then it figures out subsequent pieces (the when and place in the example below. The Wit API returns Json and authenticates with OAuth2.
Bandwidth’s SMPP-based SMS will be used to seamlessly connect with carriers in the U.S. According to the press release, Nexmo has become a new wholesale SMS customer using using short message peer-to-peer (SMPP) protocol. In separate email interviews I talked about this with Steve Leonard, EVP and GM at Bandwidth, and then with Nexmo’s CEO and co-founder Tony Jamous. First, the interview with Bandwidth.
Vidyo’s VidyoConferencing 3.0 is a major release including a new desktop conferencing system, a sharing and collaboration system, and two new room system form factors. One of the most interesting features is Vidyoweb that works in browsers to include users of IM clients such as Skype and Google and streamlined experience for guest users on the system.
Openmind Networks, communications services platform, has announced the Openmind API which opens up its up its mobile communications platform to the developer community. Most of Openmind’s feature set becomes available through the API. The API arms developers with a telco-grade communications platform upon which new innovative apps can be built.