Facebook recently announced a beta version of its Facebook SDK for tvOS with support for logins in what could be a solution to streamline tvOS app account authentication. This process currently requires users to punch in login and password information on an app-by-app basis using a cumbersome onscreen keyboard. The Facebook Login allows users to enter in a generated onscreen confirmation code on a smartphone or computer, rather than using the Siri Remote to type in a username and password.
Generally speaking, reviews for the fourth-generation Apple TV were positive but many pointed towards a shortcoming in the way the tvOS handles app logins. The tvOS doesn’t support universal authentication either, which means that users have to enter account credentials into non-Apple apps like Netflix, Hulu, HBO and more. To make things worse, Apple decided to ditch the onscreen text grid for linear character pickers, one for letters, another for numbers and special characters and a third for caps lock and symbols. This new design doesn’t support cursor swapping, which forces users to swipe back and forth from one end to the other using the remote’s touchpad.
Unsurprisingly along with the logins, Facebook’s tvOS SDK features Share to Facebook integration for sharing links, photos, videos and more with friends on the social network. The company is also offering developers access to Facebook analytics, a powerful tool for tracking user engagement across multiple platforms.
We’ll see if the login helps solve the tedious issues users continue to complain about.
Source: Facebook Developers (blog)