ICICI Bank introduces payment service using smartphone keyboard

The logo of ICICI bank is displayed on the bank's building in Mumbai, India, on Monday, Oct. 27, 2008. Photographer: Adeel Halim/Bloomberg News

COIMBATORE: ICICI Bank on Thursday unveiled a payment service that uses a smartphone keyboard. Christened ‘iMobile SmartKeys’, this feature enables ‘iMobile’ users to make quick and secure payments on any mobile application including chat, messenger, email, games or search browser without having to exit their current application in their smartphone.

“This is in lieu of customers having to switch tabs or applications within their smartphone to access ‘iMobile’. It provides the convenience of completing transactions in lesser steps than earlier, thereby reducing the transaction time,” ICICI Bank said.

The ‘iMobile SmartKeys’ solution was developed by one of the winners at the ‘ICICI Appathon’, the virtual mobile app development challenge that was organised by the bank earlier this year. “As a testimony towards nurturing young developers, ICICI Bank has incorporated this innovative solution into its mobile banking app within a quarter of the completion of ‘ICICI Appathon’,” the bank stated.

Using ‘iMobile SmartKeys’, customers can transfer money to their registered beneficiaries, pay their utility bills as well as recharge their mobile numbers, which are classified as ‘Favourites’ in their ‘iMobile’ app. They can access the ‘iMobile SmartKeys’ by long pressing the ‘globe icon’ on their smartphone keyboard while they are chatting, gaming, browsing the internet or even sending mails.

This allows them to make payments without having to exit the current application and launching another tab. Available currently for iOS phones, this feature will soon be made available on the Android operating systems (OS) as well. Source: TOI

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