[SouthAfrica.info] In a first for a South African bank, First National Bank has launched the FNB Banking Application, an "app" that gives users of smartphones and tablet computer devices easy access to their accounts online.
South Africa currently has an estimated 16% smartphone penetration, which according to information technology research company Gartner will ramp up to 80% by 2014. Global sales of tablet computers and smartphones are predicted to exceed PC, notebooks and netbooks in 2011.
The app market is also predicted to grow by 60%.
The FNB Banking App is available for Android, Apple and Blackberry devices, with an app for devices running the Symbian platform expected before the end of August.
"At FNB we are constantly looking at ways to improve on our innovations, staying one step ahead of our competitors and consistently adding value and choice for our customers," FNB chief executive Michael Jordaan said in a statement this week.
"In an increasingly digital world in which smartphones, tablet devices and apps are changing the way we communicate and live, the introduction of the FNB Banking App will enable us to widen our offering allowing us to provide our customers with convenient banking solutions and great user experience."
FNB Launches Nation's First Banking 'App'