Facebook has announced that it’s working with Nigeria’s Afrinolly and South Africa’s GumTree SA in a beta testing programme of Account Kit; a username/password-less login system for apps.
Facebook announced this at her annual F8 developer conference, held in San Francisco a few days ago and for the first time ever African developers took part in Beta Testing this new global developer product launch with a company of Facebook’s scale.
Account Kit, is a framework that lets users sign into apps using a phone number or email address. With Account Kit users can sign in with a phone number or email without the need for Username/Password or the need for a Facebook Account. You just have to acknowledge a confirmation message (either by SMS or email) to sign-in. It is fast, seamless and easy to use without the need to remember a password.
According to Chike Maduegbuna, CEO at Afrinolly, “We are excited to be part of the launch of Facebook’s Account Kit and are very proud of our in house developers who made it happen.”
Out of Africa, Facebook is working with partners such as Pinterest and Flipboard to beta test Account kit.
Afrinolly is a mobile content distribution platform which enables African entertainment enthusiasts to watch African movies, short films, series and music videos on their smartphones. With over 3.5 million downloads, Afrinolly has grown to be the most downloaded Entertainment app, designed and developed in Africa. It is available for download on Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone.
For now Account Kit is on Afrinolly for Android but would be extended to other platforms soon.
Emeka Afigbo, Strategic Product Partnerships Manager at Facebook said “We believe that local entrepreneurs and developers will be the ones to meet the needs of their immediate community, and we are working with developers to know how we can support them in doing so.”
Facebook is listening to its developer partners in Africa to help them build products and businesses for the global market.