Twitter has introduced a new tool that allows users to log into apps using their phone number instead of user ID and password. The main aim of the service it enhance the security layer for users at the time of signing in.
The micro blogging site announced the Digits service at the ongoing Flight mobile developer conference. Digits enables users to sign in or sign up for mobile apps using phone number instead of traditional email. Users will have to simply enter a phone number, select a home country and enter a one-time passcode into the app that is sent to your mobile via SMS.
The service looks similar to the two step verification process that is currently offered by Twitter. Digits is aimed at emerging markets like Brazil, India and Indonesia where not everybody has an email account. The service has already been rolled out in 216 countries and 28 languages and is available for Android, iOS and web platform. It must be noted that users do not need a Twitter account in order to use the Digit service. At present apps like Fitstar, Resy and OneFootball are using the Digits tool.