Spotify has offered deep integration with Facebook for years, including an option to log in with a Facebook account. The service added an Apple ID login option recently (to comply with new iOS policies), and now Spotify is rolling out an option to create an account through Google.
Whether you're browsing different sites or buying something online, you likely rely on an autofill system to enter your usernames, passwords, addresses, and payment details so you don't have to manually type that data every time. Google already offers this in Chrome, but the interface is changing and adopting a more modern look that's anchored to your keyboard.
Reddit's mobile website is well-made and fast, but for ages, the platform has been pushing anyone who visited that site to the official app instead, complete with an obnoxious banner that shows up every time you open a Reddit link in your phone's browser. The corporation behind the network apparently still isn't happy with the conversion rates, as some Redditors report that they can't use the mobile site without logging in or downloading the app anymore.
Pokémon Go developer Niantic Labs has announced a partnership with kid-focused web service company SuperAwesome to create a new platform called Niantic Kids Parent Portal. With it, parents can manage accounts for their kids, "review and approve [their] child’s permissions," and control what information about the child is shared.
Many TV networks have their own mobile apps or websites for watching on-demand content, but they almost always require a cable subscription. Most of them use 'TV Everywhere,' which allows people to login with a vast amount of service providers. As a new support document points out, YouTube TV now works with TV Everywhere.
Developers can't really catch a break. If they create a service that requires its own login account and password, users will clamor for an option to sign in using Google, Facebook, Twitter, or any other number of oAuth logins. And if they create a service and decide not to bother with their own accounts but rely on existing oAuth options, then users will raise the demand for a standalone login as was the case with Feedly.
Feedly has finally fulfilled that last request and added a Feedly account option for logging in. Users can either go with the Feedly option when creating a new account or add it to their existing Feedly settings.
Wow, it's been over three years since we wrote about the official app for Digitally Imported Radio, or as it's known in your URL bar, DI.FM. (Fare thee well, "Android Market.") This app lets you access 65 finely-tuned streaming music stations focusing on electronic music and similar genres. The update to version 1.5 lets you sign in with either Google+ or Facebook. You can still log in with an existing DI account, or create a new one sans social network.
Other changes include visual tweaks, connection improvements for several countries, support for Android devices with Ethernet, and better Bluetooth, power, and security management.
Today at this year's f8, Facebook's global developer conference, the company behind the world's largest social network introduced upcoming changes to its platform for signing users into mobile apps. In the months ahead, people can expect to see a new Anonymous Login option that the company says will allow them to sign in without sharing any of their personal information from Facebook.
This feature is joined by an upcoming version of Facebook Login that should provide users with more control over which information they share with apps. In the image below (pardon the iPhones, but these are the only images Facebook provided), we see toggles for access to your friends list, email address, birthday, and likes.
As an Android-specific site, you might say we're a bit biased when it comes to some of the non-essential services built into apps. Seeing an app that allows a universal Facebook sign-in option, but not a Google alternative, really gets on our thungas. Case in point: popular magazine-style news reader Flipboard. Before the latest update, you could only access the service by signing into a new account the old-fashioned way or using Facebook.
As of yesterday's app update, you can now sign in or create a new Flipboard account with your Google (Plus) credentials. The Facebook and unbranded options are still available.
I'll admit it - I tried to avoid signing into apps using Facebook back when doing so first became a thing. I figured the company already had enough information about me, and I didn't want them getting more. Now I wager that consolidating my information is probably no less safe (or unsafe?) than leaving my contact information scattered across many different servers, each maintained by scattered companies of varying size that may or may not exist this time next year. Now Facebook has provided an updated SDK for developers that again makes it easier for them to integrate their apps with the social network, and I figure why not embrace it?