South African mobile payments company POCiT has extended its payment functionality to Android by introducing POCiT Ultimate for Android.
POCiT was also the first local firm to launch a Java based mobile payments application.
“Increasingly, we have fielded enquiries from Android users asking for a POCiT app,” says David Reynders, POCiT MD. “This is not surprising bearing in mind the growth in smartphone popularity.”
Android is poised to be the dominant player in worldwide smartphone operating systems. According to a Gartner report published in April 2011 “Android will move to become the most popular operating system worldwide and will build on its strength to account for 49% of the smartphone market by 2012”.
Reynders notes that “the appeal of Android lay not only with its growing authority in the mobile OS space, but also with its ‘open platform’ philosophy that mirrors POCiT’s ‘open platform’ philosophy that allows anyone to use, irrespective of bank, cellphone network provider or phone.
“To this end, we realised that while apps offer the best security and user experience, not everyone is willing or able to use one yet. To meet users where they are we introduced a streamlined USSD and mobile web payment process, called POCiT Quick that makes it really easy for any customer with any phone to view and pay their bills securely.”
With POCiT Ultimate, customers can immediately and securely pay their clothing accounts and utility bills from their bank account or Master and Visa credit card. They can also send and transfer money, buy airtime and electricity.