AT&T announced that it will be the first US carrier to launch commercial support for Web Real-Time Communications (WebRTC) via its AT&T Enhanced WebRTC API. Announcing this at the 2015 AT&T Developer Summit on Monday, AT&T said that the Enhanced WebRTC API is now available in an open beta program and offers several enhancements to the basic WebRTC standard. Plantronics, a leader in audio communications for businesses and consumers and one of the first beta partners and users of the technology, helped AT&T kick off the launch of its Enhanced WebRTC API at the Summit.
The WebRTC standard, which is already supported across major web-browsers that are installed on more than a billion browsers, allows voice and video calling between browsers without the need to install any software or plugins. AT&T invites developers to participate in the public beta program developer.att.com/webrtc.
According to AT&T, the first enhancement is that Enhanced WebRTC communications can now extend to land lines and mobile numbers, not just P2P or browser-to browser sessions. A second enhancement is the ability for developers to programmatically enable Caller ID for WebRTC communications through the use of their end user’s AT&T mobile number, for calls placed from WebRTC-enabled browsers. Lastly, developers now can enable end users to move or transfer a call starting on a PC, MAC or tablet to a smartphone, said AT&T.