Leading the charge towards 21st Century banking solutions, BNZ has become the first New Zealand bank to launch an internet banking application designed specifically for Android smartphone users.
For Android-toting BNZ customers, this launch means that the bank now offers them a full suite of mobile banking services covering both Android and Apple iOS powered smartphones; along with a purpose built mobile banking website for everything else.
The BNZ Mobile Android app gives users identical functionality to their iPhone-using friends through a condensed version of BNZ internet banking that allows customers to view balances, transfer funds and pay bills.
"We've seen a lot of pent up customer demand for mobile banking," says Rogan Clarke, head of BNZ online.
"Our iPhone app has been downloaded more than 15,000 times in just a few weeks and the feedback on it has been overwhelmingly positive," Clarke says.
"When you take into account the exponential growth the platform is experiencing, it was even more important for us to get this app out there."
The move by BNZ comes in the wake of a 1313% growth in visits from Android devices in the 12 months to June 2011.
However, while things have moved swiftly since the iPhone app was launched in July, mobile banking is not something the bank rushed into, points out Mr Clarke.
"Security and making sure the user experience was solid from the outset were our top priorities. You can't have one without the other in our view, so our in-house development team in Wellington have put in the hard yards over many months to ensure these three BNZ Mobile services are world class."
BNZ's Android app is available now via the Android Market.