CommBank Finally Releases Kaching For Android, Previews Kaching For Facebook

Android users have been patiently (or not so patiently depending on who you talk to) waiting for the bank's flagship Kaching product on Android for almost a year now. Today the bank finally put the app up onto the Google Play store, albeit without NFC payment capabilities.

The Kaching for Android app will work on Android version 2.3 and above. Users can pay via Facebook, BPAY and they can also locate the nearest branch and ATM as well.

Fragmentation has always been an issue for the bank when developing Kaching for Android, and the support for Android 2.3 means that the app will support 80 per cent of the Android handset market in Australia — a number that the bank said it was happy with.

The Commonwealth Bank's chief marketing officer, Andy Lark, told Gizmodo Australia that Kaching for Android wouldn't support NFC payments due to the fact that Google and various device manufacturers wouldn't provide the bank with access to the secure element that authenticates contactless transactions. Neither Google, nor device manufacturers like Sony or Samsung would provide a timeline as to when they would provide the bank with access to these keys.

The bank aired a new version of the iOS version today that adds support for Bump payments. That is, you bump your phone together to pay someone. Bump capabilities will be built into the iOS app's payment menu, and allows peer-to-peer payment spawned from a physical interaction between two devices. Bump won't be available in the Android version.

Commbank's surprise announcement was to preview a full version of Kaching running as a Facebook app. Kaching for Facebook supports the full account view from Kaching, and also supports payments to and from your Facebook friends. Once you've made or received a payment, you'll even be able to post the activity to your wall if you're someone who's very transparent with your financial activities.


Comments

    No NFC at the moment - that's literally the only reason I would use this app.

      Exactly, NFC payment was what I was looking forward to.

      Instead the banks have been dicking around with NFC sleeves, and wondering why nobody wanted them.

    That is so lame... why not include nfc payments?

      Commbank wanted NFC but neither google and the manufactures could keep up with commbanks timeline, i.e samsung or the telcos didnt want acommbank(3rd party) to the NFC.. commbank meet with google last year in the US as well to help bring google wallet

    dear ANZ, wtf are you doing, can you see this, now look at your android app, its a bookmark...wtf

      Don't worry, native Android isn't too far off ;)

    Not even supported on the SIII :\

      So apparently it doesn't support rooted devices but it seems to work fine on my jail broken 4s...

        What the fuck is up with no NFC?

        I'm also getting unsupported device - Why would it allow me to download it only to tell me they've changed their mind?

        Disappointed yet again with Commonwealth.

          Add - rooted One X

      Nor the HTC One XL or Transformer TF101. (but works on the HTC Desire HD and Sensation XE which are less capable devices)

      I doubt this app needs any crazy processor-specific hardware acceleration so no believable reason for this, CBA just needs to check some boxes at their end.

      Launching apps with limited support like this is really stupid. They miss out on gaining users in the initial hype and then, when the app is available on all devices, no one knows about it. Stupid.

        Not a rooted Desire HD. I'm using MIUI's ICS rom and it didn't work for me.

          Ur device isn't root but has a custom from...

      I'm having no problems with it whatsoever. Are you rooted?

        Sorry, for the record -- I have the SGS3.

    Does work on Jailbroken iPhone's either

    * Doesn't

    I remember when the SGSII first came out and people were up in arms about it not having NFC. More than a year on, and we still aren't any closer to being able to use it as a replacement for carrying around a bunch of cards...

    On St George I can't even get a debit card with NFC, let alone a phone app.

    Galaxy Nexus not supported

    Yeah, doesn't look like it supports rooted phones at all.

      It still doesn't work after a temp un-root, so it may be all custom roms are banned too.

    The market reviews are less than complimentary - "sluggish", "laggy", "where's the NFC?" - with more 1-star reviews than all the others put together.

    Doesn't work on my SGSII. The again it is a rooted import running ICS Via CM9 so that may not be a surprise.

    Press the Help button. I DARE YOU! Shows how well it was done ;)

      What kind of 11 year old programmers are working on this!

    I wonder if the new WP8 handsets will bring support for this app with regards to NFC payment

    Wow this is fail. According to Google Play it is not compatible with my old HTC Desire, my Asus Transformer Prime or my new HTC One XL... what the hell CBA???

    This app is incompatible with your Vodafone LGE LG-P920.

    Why? my phone is stock as a rock

    Didn't think that the Google Play store knew if you had root or not... anyone know?

    Installs and opens on my rooted Galaxy Nexus with Jellybean, although I'm not with CBA so I obviously can't log in. If they bring NFC payments to an update I'll open an account for sure though.

    That Help menu is disgusting... Nobody appreciates Android.

    @ fury-s12 - just wait - ANZ goMoney Android is gonna be awesome - I know

    pathetic. I don't care who's fault it is, to release this app without NFC is a joke. All the hype surrounding this app is for the NFC capabilities

    Lol it uses iPhone UI elements and it runs like crap. Will use it as means to quickly look how much money I have on my spending account but will never ever use it to transfer money.

    Why the two apps, netbank and kaching?

      Netbank is just a frame that links it to the netbank website, Not a full blown app

    Can I use this for pay and go or that stuff at the supermarket registers now??

    I have a HTC One X

      Nope, they didn't implement any NFC support.

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