FNB pulls plug on Windows phones

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First National Bank will no longer actively develop its application for Windows-powered smartphones, it said on Thursday. It has also pulled the plug on development of its app for older BlackBerry devices.

Although FNB said it has no intention of removing the apps from these platforms’ respective app stores, the company said that it has decided not to release the latest version of its software — which runs on Android, iOS and BlackBerry 10 — on Windows phones and BlackBerry 7 devices because of a lack of consumer demand.

No further development is planned for the two platforms.

News of FNB’s decision to pull the plug on development of its Windows app comes as new research from Gartner on Thursday shows that Windows’ share of the global smartphone market slumped to just 1,1% at the end of December last year, down from 2,8% a year earlier. There has even been talk in recent weeks that Microsoft could abandon Windows on smartphones in favour of Android.

Although FNB will still make the older versions of its Windows and BlackBerry apps available, it will instead start to push clients using those platforms to its mobile website.

FNB first released an app for Windows Phone 8 back in 2013.

The bank blamed lack of customer demand for the decision to no longer actively develop its apps for the Windows and legacy BlackBerry phones. It said Android is the most popular platform among its customers, accounting for about half of app usage. Apple’s iOS is in second place.

It said it remains committed to BlackBerry 10, BlackBerry’s newer smartphone operating system, which it said is “bigger than Windows” among its client base.
Source: Techccentral 18 February 2016