Facebook, AT&T and others are helping to add voices, texts to apps

Although Facebook's (NASDAQ: FB) $16 billion purchase of WhatsApp is probably the highest profile action in the space, there are a wide range of companies looking to cash in on the opportunity to add texting and voice calling to apps. For example, AT&T (NYSE: Trecently hosted a full-day workshop offering help in deploying its speech and messaging APIs. And WeChat released its own open API to allow third-party developers to tap into its network.

But it's early days in this space, and there are a wide range of services that companies are looking to offer. For example, Plivo is looking to offer prize notifications and coupon redemptions via SMS to game makers for in-game awards and purchases.

For more on this topic, check this FierceDeveloper special report.

Suggested Articles

Norway’s Telenor ditched Huawei in favor of Ericsson for 5G RAN, but Telefónica tapped the Chinese vendor for 5G RAN in Germany and 5G core in Spain.

Samsung Electronics is expanding its North American presence in wireless infrastructure, striking a deal with Canadian telecom operator Videotron.

AT&T said its 5G service, for both consumers and businesses, is now live in 10 markets.