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Finance

Mobile Applications of Indian Banks – Part 2

In first part of the series on mobile applications of Indian banks I have covered HDFC, ICICI and AXIS banks. In this second part of series I am going to provide details about mobile applications of three more Indian banks.

1. CITI BANK

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Citi Bank has named its mobile application Citi Mobile as mentioned on website of Citi Bank India. The application is available for Android, iOS and Nokia phones. There is no application for Blackberry and Windows Phone although a mobile web application has been provided which could be accessed via browser. The services available on the application  are as follows –

– Account Details
– Funds Transfer (including IMPS)
– Bill Payment
– Credit Card
– Requests
– ATM and Branch Locator

Download links for the application are as follows –

iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad – https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/citibank-in/id467987820?mt=8

Android – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.citiuat

Nokia – http://store.ovi.com/content/285640

Mobile Web – m.citibank.co.in

 

2. Standard Chartered

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Standard Chartered bank has given very different name to its mobile application – Breeze Mobile. The application is available for Android, iOS and other phones including Blackberry. There is no separate application for Blackberry so I assume it should be normal Java application. I could not find any mention of mobile web application as well. Features of Breeze Mobile have been listed on bank website which are See Your Money, Calendar, List of Transactions and Day and Night Wallpaper.

 

 

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Following things can be done via Breeze Mobile application –

  • Pay your utility bills
  • Transfer funds to other banks in India
  • View account and credit card details on the go
  • Top up a pre-paid mobile phone (across all networks)
  • Find, book and pay for airline tickets (domestic)
  • Choose, book and pay for movie tickets across India
  • Personalize your accounts with icons and nicknames
  • Find the nearest branch or ATM across India

 

Download links for the application are as follows –

iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad – https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/breeze-india/id460909294?ls=1&mt=8

Android – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.app.scb.breeze.android.main.in.prod

Java Application (including Blackberry) – SMS  BREEZE to 09987123123

 

3. YES BANK

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 YES bank is one of the leading private banks in India but it does not have much in terms of mobile applications. It has application with name of YES Mobile for Android and Java platforms. No application is available even for iOS (Coming soon has been mentioned on YES bank website). The same is applicable for Windows Phone. The application also has very limited features which are mainly related only to Accounts, nothing has been mentioned for Credit Cards. 

 

 

 

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Services available in YES Mobile application are –

  • Balance Inquiry
  • Pay Utility Bills
  • Interbank Fund Transfer
  • Fixed Deposit Enquiry
  • Mini Statement
  • Interbank Mobile Payment Service (IMPS)
  • Request for Cheque Book
  • DTH & Mobile Recharge
  • Make Donations

Download links for the application are as follows –

Android – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.atomyes

Java Application (including Blackberry) – SMS “YESMOB” to 567678

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Finance

Mobile Applications of Indian Banks – Part 1

Mobile phones have started to replace desktops and laptops in daily usage specially for accessing Internet and Internet enabled applications. People are using mobile phones for checking various social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn; for emails; for reading news; for reading books, for watching videos etc. This is equally applicable for financial and banking applications as well. In the first post of this series I am going to tell about mobile applications of three leading private Indian banks.

1. HDFC Bank –

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HDFC Bank is leading private and technology savvy bank in India. It has mobile applications for Android, iOS, Blackberry, Blackberry 10, Windows Phone and Nokia phones. It also has mobile web application for doing mobile banking through browser. HDFC Bank mobile application has various sections which are as follows –

  • Accounts
  • Funds Transfer
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Mutual Fund
  • Demat
  • Bill Payment
  • Insta Alerts
  • Others

I have personally used the application on my Android phone and I found the application to be very user-friendly and fast.

Download links for the application are as follows –

iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad –  https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/hdfc-bank-mobanking/id515891771

Android – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.snapwork.hdfc

Windows Phone – http://www.windowsphone.com/en-in/store/app/hdfc-bank/1c68e3c1-c88f-402f-a368-86dd944ce6a8

Blackberry – http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/131957

Blackberry 10 – http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/23758887

Mobile Web – http://m.hdfcbank.com/

 

2. ICICI Bank

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 ICICI Bank has its mobile application with the name of iMobile. iMobile is available for Android, iOS, Blackberry and Java phones. As of now there is no application available for Windows Phone. It also has mobile web application for doing mobile banking through browser. ICICI Bank mobile WAP site is also available for non-smartphones.  Services available in iMobile application are as follows –

  • Bank Account
  • Credit Card
  • Loan Account
  • Demat Account
  • mShop
  • Bill Pay
  • iServices

I have personally used the application on my Android phone. Although the application is very useful but I found HDFC Bank mobile application better than iMobile in terms of speed and user interface.

Download links for the application are as follows –

iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad – https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/icici-bank-imobile/id375276006

Android – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.csam.icici.bank.imobile

Blackberry – http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/134786

Java Phones – http://mobile.icicibank.com/dl

Mobile Web – http://m.icicibank.com/

 

3. Axis Bank

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Axis Bank has mobile applications for iOS, Android, Blackberry and Java phones. It seems that its application for Java and Blackberry phone is same as I could not find it in Blackberry World application store. I also could not find any mobile web application for the bank. Services offered on the application are not as much extensive as of HDFC and ICICI as you can see below –

  • Bank Accounts
  • Funds Transfer
  • Bill Payment

Download links for the application are as follows –

iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad – https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/axis-bank-mobile-application/id517266358

Android – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.csam.axis.activity

Blackberry – http://mobile.axisbank.co.in/dl

Java Phones – http://mobile.axisbank.co.in/dl

In the next part of the series I will take you through mobile applications of other  Indian Banks.

 

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Communication

Geary – A Very Simple Email Client for Linux

My laptop is dual-boot with Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.10 installed side by side. Mostly I prefer to use Ubuntu unless there is special need for Windows – something like working with complex Excel sheets etc.  For emailing I use Gmail in browser for both personal and official (Google Apps) purpose. Gmail has very good interface that’s why it is replacing standalone email clients gradually. But sometimes you need an email client because of various reasons like accessing in offline mode, for backup or handling multiple accounts. Microsoft Outlook and Mozilla Thunderbird are the two major email clients available . Outlook comes bundled with Microsoft Office and Thunderbird is free to download. Outlook is available only for Windows and Mac while Thunderbird is available for all major operating systems including Windows, Mac and Linux. In fact, Thunderbird comes pre-installed on Ubuntu since version 11.10 when it replaced Evolution email client. Both Outlook and Thunderbird are very good email clients having many features but I always feel that they are good to be used with POP3 and not with IMAP. IMAP implementation is never very good either in Outlook or in Thunderbird. I was in search of a lightweight and simple email client which handles IMAP in a better way.

Then I found Geary which is a very simple, fast and lightweight email client for Linux. Geary has been developed by Yorba, the makers of Shotwell photo organizing application for Linux. Shotwell is the default photo organizer application on Ubuntu. Geary is a very new application, it’s latest version is 0.3 which has been released last month only. Geary is designed with keeping simple and easy design in mind. It displays multi-threaded emails in conversations mode same like we have seen in Gmail. Setting up an email account is very easy in Geary, it needs only username and password for both Gmail and Yahoo Mail. For other email accounts we need to provide IMAP and SMTP server details. It works only with IMAP as of now, there is no provision for POP3 accounts. Like most email clients it has three viewing panes – one each for Navigation, Message List and Message View. It has good integration with Gmail as it displays all Gmail Labels flawlessly.

 
 
 
 
 
Geary is completely free to download and available for Ubuntu and other Linux distros like Fedora, Debian etc. For Ubuntu 12.10 its available in Ubuntu Software Center. For command line lovers, you need to open Terminal and need to run below commands –

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yorba/ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install geary

Geary is very new and it has few limitations as well. Search option is still not available and it works only with Gmail, Yahoo and few other IMAP servers. I hope to see Geary in mainstream use in near future as the developers have plan to add these missing features and also a plugin system in next releases.
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Entertainment

nexGTv – Watch IPL live on your mobile

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If you are looking to watch Indian Premier League (IPL) matches live on your mobile then there is a good news for you. nexGTv is an application which has the official rights for live streaming of IPL matches on mobile phone. This application is available for Android, iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch), Blackberry and few Nokia (not Lumia) phones. Apart from watching live matches you can enjoy Match Repeats, Highlights, 4’s and 6’s, Wickets and IPL Masala on nexGTv application.

Best part of the application is that there is no mandatory requirement of 3G or wi-fi internet connection on the mobile, it works even on 2G connection. As I have tested the application on my Andorid mobile, the application itself is free to download from Google Play store. 

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I am not 100% sure but as I have checked in the application for viewing live matches you have to take their Premium Channel Pack subscription which is available for Rs. 75 for 30 days and for Rs. 20 for 7 days. So far I have not watched live matches on the application as I am not an avid cricket fan. But I have checked Match Highlights section and it works very well. There are few other channels also available in the Premium Channel Pack including Star Plus, Sony, Colors, MTV, Pogo, NDTV 24X7, Life OK, Channel V and many more.

Download links for the application are as follows –

Download from nexGTv Website – http://www.nexgtv.com/nexGtvdwnload.aspx
 
Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.digivive.offdeck
 
App Store – http://itunes.apple.com/in/app/nexgtv/id495146199?mt=8
 
Blackberry App World – http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/search/nexgtv/?lang=en
 
Nokia Ovi Store – http://store.ovi.com/content/189734
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Entertainment

Listen All India Radio on Android and YouTube

Government of India has started adopting technology in good manner. Recently Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has launched All India Radio services on new technology platforms – Android application and YouTube channel. Apart from this live streaming of FM Gold and Urdu Service has also been started on its website.
All India Radio Android

Android application has been named as AIR NEWS. On this application news is available on both text and voice modes. Mode switch option is available in top right corner of the application. Text mode has been divided into various sections – Headline, National, International, States, Business and Sports Stories. In each section list of all news items is available and details can be seen after clicking on each individual news item. Audio mode is the most interesting part of the application. In this mode there are 3 sections – Audio News, Programs and Language. In Audio News section we can listen news in Hindi, English and Urdu in various time slots depending upon particular language. For example – Hindi section has four time slots – Samachar Prabhat, Dopahar Samachar, Samachar Sandhya and Hourly. Its very nice to listen impressive voice of news anchors Namaskar, Akashvani se prastut hai samachar prabhat after so many years as we rarely listen All India Radio now a days. In Programs section we can listen various current affairs programs like Samayaki, Sportlight, Money Talk, Surkhiyon se Pare etc. News in many Indian languages can be listen Language section. AIR NEWS looks like an application developed by some good professionals as its interface is easy and beautiful.  Application is available in Google Play store, download links are also available in the end of post.
YouTube channel has compilation of various All India Radio programs aired in past like ‘Excerpts from the Speech of Mahatma Gandhi 4-11-47’, ‘Balraj Sahni’, ‘Dilip Kumar’ and many more.

YouTube Channel Link – http://www.youtube.com/user/akashvaniair

Install AIR NEWS from Google Play –
Android app on Google Play

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Entertainment

Google launched Movies on Play and YouTube in India

After launching Google Books and Google Devices recently once again Google has come with something new for India. Google Movies has been launched in India on both Google’s application store Play and YouTube.
 
 
Both renting and purchase options are available on the same concept of CD/DVD shops available in market. Difference is that now you have to watch movies digitally on your computer or Android mobile screen. Movies can be rented or purchased in both HD and SD version. In case of renting a movie, you can watch the movie anytime but before 30 days from the date of renting. Once you start a movie taken on rental, you can watch it as many time as but only for maximum 48 hours. After 48 hours the movie will not be available. You can compare this with a typical DVD rental shop where you have to return the movie to the shop after 24 or 48 hours depending upon agreement with the shop.
 
 
 
Both Hindi and English movies are available in various categories like Action, Comedy, Drama, Family etc. Pricing differs from movie to movie and starts from Rs. 50 and goes up to Rs. 700 depending whether you are renting or purchasing a movie.
 
Enjoy movies !
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Gadgets

Google’s Holi Gift – Nexus 7 Tablet now available in India Play Store

Better late than never, finally the first Google tablet is now available for purchase via Google Play Store (https://play.google.com)  in India. It has been priced at Rs. 15,999 which is higher from its US price but still value for money in comparison of all other tablets available in India. The tablet was launched in July 2012 in US. Although it took too late for Google to release the tablet in India but still its very good move from Google to make this available in India. Till sometime back only Android Apps were available in India Play Store and Google Books were introduced last month. Now Google Play Store in India has three sections Apps, Books and Devices.
Nexus 7 tablet is the first tablet from Google which is manufactured by ASUS. Google partners with various manufactures to build its Nexus line of smartphones and tablets. Nexus 4 smartphone has been manufactured by LG while Nexus 10 tablet has been manufactured by Samsung, both of these devices have not been released in India so far. One distinct feature of Nexus line of products is that these have pure Android operating system without any customization done by manufacturers. Due to this feature, Nexus devices are being updated first with every new version of Android operating system.

The tablet is very fast and having very good build quality. Major features of Nexus 7 tablet are –

  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 7 inch IPS capacitive touchscreen
  • Scratch-resistant Corning glass
  • 1280×800 screen resolution
  • NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9  processor
  • 16 GB internal memory
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth (3G or calling facility not available)
  • 1.2MP front-facing camera
  • 4325 mAH battery
This tablet should be the first choice if someone is planning to buy a 7 inch tablet now or in near future and willing to sacrifice on 3G or calling facility. Apple iPad mini is available for around Rs. 21000 which is 5000 more than Nexus 7. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is having two versions – wi-fi only is available for around Rs. 12000 while 3G+wi-fi is of same price as Nexus 7. Galaxy Tab 2 is having a dual core processor so Nexus 7 is much faster than Galaxy Tab 2.
Google has shown support for India now so we can hope for availability of other products of Nexus line specially Nexus 4 to be available in India soon.
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Travel

Train Enquiry on Mobile

In India trains often run late so its very usual for passengers to check whether train is on time or not. Indian Railway has provided various enquiry options like 139 telephone number to which anyone can call or can send SMS to find about train status. One disadvantage of using 139 number is that calling or sending SMS to this number is chargeable for the user and sometimes the information received is not correct or complete. One other better option is to check the status yourself on Internet on Train Enquiry website (http://www.trainenquiry.com) provided by Indian Railway.
 
This website has been developed by CRIS (Centre for Railway Information Systems) and RailYatri. The website is very simple and easy to use. Train status can be checked by entering train name, train number or station name in the search box provided on homepage of website. User guide has also been provided on the website itself for the benefit of users (http://www.trainenquiry.com/HowItWorks.aspx).
 
Facility to check status on-the-go on mobile phones has also been provided. There is no native application for various smartphone platforms like Android, iOS, Windows Phone or Blackberry etc; rather they have developed a separate mobile website (i.e. mobile web application) for this purpose. Whenever a user visits trainenquiry.com website on his/her mobile browser, he/she will be redirected automatically to the mobile website. If this does not happen due to any reason, the same mobile website can be accessed by visiting http://mobile.trainenquiry.com or http://www.railyatri.in in the mobile browser. This website has been designed specially for touchscreen smartphones using jQuery Mobile which is a touch-optimized web framework for smartphones & tablets. Most of the touchscreen mobile phones available in the market should not have any issue in displaying the website.
Mobile website is also again very simple and easy to use as it can be seen in the screenshots above. This mobile website is very useful specially for the passengers during their journey. So next time when you are travelling by train visit trainenquiry.com on your mobile instead of calling 139.
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Gadgets

Nokia Lumia 520 – The perfect budget smartphone

If you are planning to purchase a smartphone and your budget is around Rs. 10000 (USD 200) , there is good news for you. Nokia has introduced new mobile phone Lumia 520 which is going to be available in Indian market in early April. In fact the phone is available for pre-order on Flipkart for Rs. 10499 (http://www.flipkart.com/nokia-lumia-520/p/itmdj5f6zyyqy6dh?pid=MOBDJ4ZNAPHAUMSH).
Nokia Lumia 520 has very good design and is having great feature for this price range. There is hard to see such design and features in all other phone for this price range from a reputed manufacturer.
Important features of the phone are as below –
  • 480 x 800 pixels, 4.0 inches IPS LCD screen
  • Scratch-resistant glass
  • 8 GB Internal Memory with support of microSD card upto 64 GB
  • 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS
  • 5 MP, Autofocus camera
  • Microsoft Windows Phone 8 operating system
  • Qualcomm MSM8227 Dual-core 1 GHz processor
  • Adreno 305 GPU
  • Li-Ion 1430 mAh battery
There are so many Android phone available in the market in this price range like Sony Xperia E, Sony Tipo, LG Optimus L5,  HTC Desire C, Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos and many more but not a single phone can match the design and features of Nokia Lumia 520. Can this phone bring back the diminishing popularity of Nokia? I think yes, but let’s wait and watch in coming weeks.
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Tools

India Against Spam – Forward Unwanted SMS/Calls to TRAI on 1909

Are you tired of getting spam SMS on your mobile? Or you are constantly receiving calls for selling you plots, flats, credit cards, loans etc? This problem is being faced by almost every mobile user in India. Some people are receiving so many spam SMS in a day that they had lost interest in reading SMS. Sometimes genuine SMS are kept unread or read after much delay due to this issue. Few persons have stopped receiving calls from every unknown number.
 
Everybody is looking for a solution to stop these unwanted SMS and calls. Few years back Telecom Authority of India (TRAI), the telecom regulator of India, has introduced DND (Do Not Disturb) service. A person can register his/her mobile number on DND and as per policy all unwanted SMS and calls should be stopped. But this is not working at all, ever after registered for DND, there is no stop of these unwanted SMS and calls. To take notice of that TRAI has introduced reporting of these unwanted SMS and calls to 1909, the official TRAI number of DND, which is a very good initiative. A person can call on 1909 to register complaint or a SMS can be sent to 1909. 1909 is a toll free number so there will be no charges to call or send SMS. But there is a process of reporting to 1909 which is available on TRAI website (Link). For example, SMS should be sent in a defined format “COMP TEL NO XXXXXXXXXX, dd/mm/yy, Time hh:mm”. After successful registration of complaint, if this is first chance the culprit will be warned and in second chance the number will be closed.
 
But if you are using Android phone, you just have to click one button and complaint will be registered automatically. This is possible because of application India Against Spam available for Android phones. This application has very simple interface as you can see in below screenshots. It lists all SMS and calls received recently and you just have to select the SMS or number. It will ask you to confirm the complaint and after clicking on send the complaint will be registered on 1909. It also delete the SMS automatically if the option is enabled in settings available for the application.


All feature of this application are as below –
  • Register for DND directly from app.
  • Report a spam message or call with a single tap.
  • Hides messages/calls from your address book contacts.
  • Hides message older that permissible limit.
  • Auto-deletes reported message(configurable).
  • Auto-saves outgoing message(configurable).
  • Messages about non-standard format can be reported from within the app.
So, why are you waiting? Just download the application and join the India Against Spam war. This application can be downloaded from Google Play Store, download links are available below as well.