Twitter's 'Digits' lets you sign in to apps with your phone number, cell phone

Passwords? Those are old hat, according to Twitter, which just launched a new service called Digits.

The service, announced at Twitter’s very first designer conference in San Francisco, lets users sign in to apps using their phone numbers.

Instead of needing to use email and password combinations or indication in with Twitter, Google, Facebook, or another service, Digits lets you merely enter your number when signing up for a brand-new app or service.

You’re all set after you enter a confirmation code sent to you through SMS.

Back to one-step

It’s like the two-step authentication provided by lots of apps and services, which asks users to get in a code sent out by SMS when they sign in on new devices – other than Digits skips the first step.

Twitter states Digits utilizes the social network’s own security infrastructure which finalizing in is both “simple” and “safe.”

But other than that Digits appears to have no concrete relationship with Twitter’s other products, it’s a standalone service that designers can carry out in their apps independently of any Twitter support.

It’s actually part of Twitter’s Fabric, a mobile development kit also revealed at the Twitter conference. Among other new features Fabric brings are system-level indicator in on Android, letting users sign in once to access all Twitter-enabled apps on their gadgets, and the capability for devs to let users send tweets directly within apps, Engadget reports.