Yesterday we broke the news that the FNB App for Windows Phone 8 was ‘days not weeks’ away and it seems that our source may have been slightly incorrect. As one of our eagle eyed readers (thanks Eugene) pointed out the app is now live in the Windows Phone Marketplace for all Windows Phone 8 users to download.
Windows Phone users are starting to see the gap in big name applications shrink between their ecosystem and that of both iOS and Android. In fact, Stephen Elop, Nokia’s former CEO (now Vice President of Microsoft’s Devices & Services business unit) stood up on stage at the Nokia World event in Abu Dhabi and touted the fact that Instagram will be arriving on Windows Phone within the next few weeks closing another loophole in the argument against buying a Windows Phone device because of a lack of big name apps.
According to Steven Ambrose from Strategy Worx the number of Windows Phone Devices in South Africa is sitting at around 450 000 at the moment putting it at nearly twice as many as the number of iPhones which is currently around 235 000. Windows Phone is clearly a growing force in the South African smartphone landscape and FNB is proving that by adding it to the stable.
FNB was the first bank in South Africa to launch a mobile banking app and has to date signed up over 600 000 users to its digital banking platform. The app is now available on Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, iPhone, iPad, Android and Nokia’s Symbian platform.