ANZ has been teasing a redesign app for a little while now and I’ve been quietly hopeful that it might bring a few features I felt were long overdue. The update started rolling today and it’s a good one, with ANZ basically delivery an entirely new Android app with a few new features.
I personally switched all of my transnational banking to ANZ when Android Pay (now Google Pay) was launched in Australia. I’m completely happy with Google Pay, but with ANZ, I lost a few app and online features compared to my old evil bank. This update basically restores me to where I wished I was.
Up front, a reboot like this deserve a new name and it seems the old ANZ Go Money AU app is now simply ANZ (Australia), not a major change but I think Go Money was a bit dated. A rose by another other name is still but a flower no? On top of the name change the app has received a healthy dose of Material Design, with FAB appearing where needed and the over all app just feeling cleaner, slicker and just more materially.
Moving deeper past the coat of paint the new app brings with in my most wanted feature, fingerprint to unlock. This was undoubtedly the thing I missed the most from my old bank and I’m loving having it back. It works just like all other fingerprint to unlock systems, unlock authenticate and you’re set. ANZ have added another bio-metric lock and that’s a voice ID.
Voice ID isn’t designed to unlock the app, it is a second layer of protection to unlock large transfers, over $1000 to a BSB or over $5000 to a BPAY account to be specific. While this is cool, what’s cooler about it is it took me right back to 1992 watching Sneakers as a teen!
To set up Voice ID you need to train the system by repeating “My voice confirms my identity”, so close to “My voice is my Passport. Verify me”, so close.
Other under the hood enhancements include real time transaction tracking for EFTPOS transactions via the app. This may seem like a small or useless change, however having the access to real time transactional data means ANZ may include real time notifications for transactions.
I for one would be happy to get a ping ever time my card was used for an over $100 transaction, or at a women’s clothes shop, I could potentially stop a lot of spending, or start a lot of fights!
There are a few more changes like improved in app customer support and account arrangement. For more jump over to the ANZ site or just update your app from the Playstore.