Nexmo's Verify SDK Seeks To Ease Verification Pain Points

Nexmo today made its Verify SDK available to the Android, iOS, and JavaScript platforms. The SDK makes it possible to add phone verification to most apps with a single line of code, thereby easing the sign-in process for end users. 

Many of today's apps require people to create an account, sign-on, or otherwise verify their identity before they can be used. It's a hurdle, for sure, and kludgy sign-in processes can aggravate people to the point of abandoning the app. That's why it is critical to make verification as simple as possible. Nexmo wants to help.

The Verify SDK is a white-label SDK that gives developers more control over how apps manage user identities. It works across devices and platforms. The SDK ties phone numbers to individual, unique device identifiers. 

Nexmo claims the phone number verification method is more secure than traditional usernames and passwords. It is pitching the Verify SDK as a way for developers to bulk up the security of their app. Nexmo customers Snapchat and Line have used this process to verify a staggering three billion phone numbers over the past five years. 

Moreover, Nexmo say phone verification saves time and money by reducing the need for developing and designing unique app sign-ins. The Verify SDK includes a user interface framework that users see when signing in. It includes several different screens for collecting the phone number, the verification process, and for retries. Because the Verify SDK includes its own log-in database, app developers will not need to manage their own. The service supports push notification verification support, as well, which works in tandem with SMS messages or voice calls. 

The subscription service bills developers with a pay-per-conversion model, but Nexmo offers an unlimited plan for developers with large numbers of customers. 

"In the past, developers had to chose between good user experience or robust security. With Verify SDK, they can now have the best of both worlds with the easiest  to integrate, cross-platform ID verification SDK," said Thomas Soulez, VP of Product Management at Nexmo.

Nexmo has been testing the SDK in beta for several months. Some of Nexmo's partners had positive things to say about the tool after giving it a whirl.

"When developing the PinU app, we required a solution that could help us verify registrants to ensure the security and intimacy of community that our users required," said Haris Adu, Founder of PinU. "Nexmo's Verify SDK enabled PinU to scale the user verification process for new registrants, and the easy integration of the SDK allowed us to spend valuable engineering resources elsewhere."

The SDK is free to download from Nexmo's web site.

Eric Zeman I am a journalist who covers the mobile telecommunications industry. I freelance for ProgrammableWeb and other online properties.

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