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Standards Drive Single Sign-On for Native Mobile Apps

Published: 10 September 2015

ID: G00290890

Analyst(s): Gregg Kreizman


Features in the next versions of Android and iOS will help make standards-based, single-sign-on for native mobile apps a reality. Architects and developers should plan to use these features with OpenID Connect to provide good user experience, security and to reduce access management vendor lock-in.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • The next major versions of Android and iOS will provide consistent approaches for app developers to invoke the native system browser for authentication and SSO, which should impact developers' native app architecture plans
    • Address Mobile Security Issues Beyond Standardized SSO
  • For planners, architects and app developers, use of OIDC for SSO flows will mitigate some access management vendor lock-in concerns and make it easier to change products
    • Apps Invoke VPN
    • Apps Invoke Embedded WebView
    • Apps Written to Web Access Management, API Gateway or IDaaS SDK
    • Apps Are Wrapped
    • Third-Party Applications: Still Challenging

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