Mobile Banking Apps for Android

Anyone who Banks with NatWest or RBS, keep an eye on the Android Market this afternoon. The first release of the mobile banking app should be available. Initially it will be just for Balance & ministatement enquires but includes all your linked accounts, including any credit cards you may have. Next release will introduce Moble Phone Topup and Balance transfer between your accounts.
Yes I know it doesn't do as much Bank Control, but for those that want an official app, you can finally keep up with those iPhone & Blackberry bods who already have it.

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JanSt / MOD  Oct. 26, 2011 at 10:02

Every time an Android Banking app is released a Russian Phisher pops a cork and kicks a kitten :p

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 26, 2011 at 10:22 bank details anywhere near an Android phone...I don't think so, NatWest.

MAYBE, I'd consider it on a BB, but Android, hell no.

mrew42  Oct. 26, 2011 at 10:30

Have to say (phishing aside) I know what's gone into this app and what the supporting infrastructure is behind the scenes. I am MORE than comfortable using it (with my Security & Fraud hat on too)

CTPAHHIK  Oct. 26, 2011 at 10:33

Bank Control UK has been around for some time. It's secure as it does not contain any info besides what you spend money on, so not that much of a risk.

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 26, 2011 at 10:43

I stick by Android and security sensitive apps, not going well together :p.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 26, 2011 at 10:52

I was harsh?

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 26, 2011 at 10:54

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 26, 2011 at 11:34

I like kittens....therefore don't bank with my Android phone...simple :p.

mrew42  Oct. 26, 2011 at 11:35

Your loss then :)
(and no not your data or your money)

mrew42  Oct. 28, 2011 at 09:34

Apps are now live, if you're feeling brave and hate kittens :)

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 28, 2011 at 09:51


CTPAHHIK  Oct. 28, 2011 at 10:14

Not compatible with Android 2.3.5

mrew42  Oct. 28, 2011 at 10:24

What happens when you try to load?

CTPAHHIK  Oct. 28, 2011 at 10:27

I can't, it does not show up as available on the phone. When you open market via PC phone drop down menu is grayed out. I can install for X10 and Play, but not for Desire HD.
Go to Market and search for E-Trade to get an idea.

CTPAHHIK  Oct. 28, 2011 at 10:29

"TD Ameritrade Mobile" is not compatible with X10, which is running 2.3.7. I think they filter out by Android Version.

mrew42  Oct. 28, 2011 at 10:40

Thanks CT. I'll report back and see what can be done.

mrew42  Oct. 28, 2011 at 10:43

So am I right in saying that you can install it on your X10 running 2.3.7 but not on your HD running 2.3.5?

CTPAHHIK  Oct. 28, 2011 at 11:35

Yes, I can install on X10 Mini with CM7.1, which should be 2.3.7. I can install on Play, which is 2.3.3. I have Revolution ROM (based of official 2.3.5) on Desire HD and can't install. I have same problem with Bank Control UK.

mrew42  Oct. 28, 2011 at 12:09

I'm getting the dev guys to check it out now, but they say it's enabled for 2.1 and above. Maybe its an HD thing...

mrew42  Oct. 28, 2011 at 14:50

CT: In my best Irish accent "Have you tried turning it off and on again?".
Seriously now though, What network are you on?

CTPAHHIK  Oct. 28, 2011 at 16:04

I'm on Three UK. Don't think reboot will make any difference.
Will try with different SIM card later.

mrew42  Oct. 28, 2011 at 16:18

First bit was definitely a joke, it's obviously something that has happened when you fisrt register a handset with your google account, that lets the market know what your device is or isn;t capable of. Incidentally i'm running Revolution 3.6.1 on my Sensation and have no probs. I might try a 2.3.5 build at the weekend and see if it works......

CTPAHHIK  Oct. 31, 2011 at 08:42

This is something wrong with market. SIM card is used to identify which country you are in, which blocks all apps not allowed in your country. Android version checks compatibility. I installed on Xperia Play and used root to copy apk from /data/app-private to SD card and send it to Desire HD. It works fine.

Btw, does anyone know how to copy APKs from apps that are on SD card? All apps on the phone are in /data/app[-private] and if you copy it to SD card you have an APK to share on other phones. This does not include any data - just an app. However, if you move app to SD card it does not show up there. Have to move it back to phone first.

mrew42  Oct. 31, 2011 at 12:35

Astro can back up individual Apps regardless as to where they are and store them as apks in a folder called backup :)

CTPAHHIK  Oct. 31, 2011 at 13:35

Will give Astro a try.
Won't if it secure apps. You can only backup secured app if you have root. I don't think you can move secure apps to SD card at all.


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