The earlier days weren’t a good timing for Twitter to launch their own apps on their platform. It enraged third-party developers as Twitter’s app services competed against their own. The event tainted Twitter’s relationship with developers back then. Yet recently, Twitter has made a big move aimed towards developers. Twitter’s Fabric, a kit created for developers, hopes to enamor developers once again into its platform.

Fabric Helps Build Better Apps

Fabric by Twitter is a new development platform which aims to help developers create better apps. The platform provides development kits that developers can greatly take advantage upon by integrating them into their own apps.

The offering consists of three modular kits that provide answers to most developers’ problems regarding the management of their apps. One is the MoPub kit which plugs developer apps into Twitter’s ad marketplace. This ad service will take care of the monetisation aspect of the apps; thus, turning them into an active revenue generator. The other kit is from Crashlytics, a tool that stabilises apps by fixing bugs in a shorter time. The last kit is for addressing distribution issues and is called the Twitter Kit, a distribution tool that lets developers seamlessly integrate Twitter’s real-time information.

Introducing Digits

Probably, one of Twitter’s biggest announcements is a feature called Digits. Twitter has announced that Digits will replace passwords with mobile phone numbers. Users can just log into apps using a phone number. So it’s more convenient than by remembering passwords or entering an email address to log in. Even though Digits is integrated into the Fabric, it’s only a standalone service and is not related to Twitter.

Digits solves the issue with some app users. Some of them don’t have PCs or email addresses to be able to log in to their apps. Smartphones are more affordable than these items; therefore, it’s more convenient for them to only use their phone numbers to start using the apps.

Setting up Fabric

It’s pretty straightforward to integrate Fabric into your apps. You only have to pick which Kits you want to use in your app. The platform is already packed with the IDEs you use such as Xcode, Android Studio, Eclipse, and IntelliJ so you won’t have to bother yourself on getting the latest Kit. You will be alerted automatically when updates are available.