Equity Bank made a mobile banking application so good that they made me stop using my old bank account at a rival bank to the Equity Bank account I had ditched since leaving college. However, the look and feel was starting to feel old and look stale. Still, it’s remained much better than what I have been able to see and use from the competition, which has been busy updating their apps. There are updated mobile banking apps from both Co-operative Bank and KCB.
Version 2.0.0 of the Eazzy Banking app, which is now available through the Google Play Store, was updated 3 days ago. Even though the Play Store changelog doesn’t list any changes, longtime users of the application will be quick to notice the fresh coat of paint and some tweaks here and there.
For starters, the app now automatically adds a shortcut to your home screen, the welcome screen has been changed from the bland page it was to a more lively outlook that incorporates location and weather information, a glimpse of the services offered through the application and a shareable invite code. When logging in to the application for the first time after the update, one is prompted to share their invite code within their social circles, a clever strategy to spread word about the app’s existence and get more people using it.
The most prominent addition to the app is Pesalink, the interbank money transfer solution that allows users to receive funds in their accounts from users in other banks and vice versa in realtime. Users are now able to register/deregister for the service (Pesalink) and even request to have their statements delivered via email. The latter is akin to what Safaricom offered users of its mobile money service, M-PESA, when it launched its mySafaricom app last year.