Starting today, developers shouldn’t have to try at all hard to see how much AT&T wants their allegiance. What AT&T’s dubbed the “Foundry innovation center” opened in Plano, Texas to facilitate collaboration between the company and developers.
A quick note on AT&T’s timing: it’s pretty good, in light of the iPhone becoming available through Verizon soon. AT&T can perhaps get some developers on its side as it fights to keep customers from fleeing.
Anyway, AT&T said in a statement announcing the move, “Developers who work in the AT&T Foundry innovation centers get access to AT&T network capabilities and test beds, in addition to technology experts and project coaches. The Plano center is an LTE test environment, and has connectivity to AT&T Labs and the other innovation centers. Developers also can participate virtually through AT&T’s developer portal.”
Then the director of partnerships at Cooliris, which intends to join the fun, added, “AT&T understands the need for speed in app development, and they’re bringing the people and technology resources together to get things done quickly. We’re looking forward to tapping into the AT&T Foundry Plano for the innovation center project surrounding our new group photo sharing application LiveShare.”