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Android Growing Up: Amex & Charles Schwab Go Android

On more than one occasion the godfather of Android, Andy Rubin, has made it seem like Android appeals first to a tech savvy, developer type.  In fact Google insiders have told us that originally back in the G1 days everything was done from a developer/engineer perspective.  With the widespread Android assault though things have changed and Android is becoming even more mainstream than Rubin’s first effort the Danger Hiptop/T-Mobile Sidekick.

More and more people are resorting to Android phones as their smartphone of choice and while the demographics have skewed a bit  younger than say Blackberry, they’ve definitely caught the eye of two financial powerhouses in Charles Schwab and American Express.

More after the break

Charles Schwab has been synonymous with investing and financial needs for decades.  Charles Schwab, through their “Talk To Chuck” campaign, website and iPhone app, has given investors a much better look at their managed portfolio and day to day hands on data that they need to survive in this economy.

The Charles Schwab app has now come to Android with some key features:

-Manage your investments
-Money transfer capabilities between accounts
– Fast access to quotes and financial news
– Easy trading capabilities

Charles Schwab has plans to add a branch locator, mobile deposits, check scanning for deposits and a stock ticker widget in future releases.  The app as described above is available in the Android Market here under Schwab Mobile

American Express is another company that tends to skew older demographically and has recently seen the value in Android.  American Express has ported their Open Forum app to the Android platform.

The American Express Open Forum is a place for Open card owners, small business owners and anyone interested in great financial advice;  to read, learn and interact with others who use the Open cards and top bloggers like Guy Kawaski, Henry Blodget, and more.

Open is an American Express brand targeted towards small business owners and the wealth of information and sharing that happens on the Open Forum is priceless to some of it’s members.

According to an American Express press release the Open Forum app on Android will allow you to:

  • Read the latest articles from OPEN Forum experts in categories such as innovation, lifestyle, managing, marketing, money, technology and the world;
  • Watch videos from thought leaders such as Guy Kawasaki in full screen;
  • Bookmark articles for later reading;
  • Share articles with friends and followers on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn;
  • Search for articles on particular topics, keywords or authors.

The American Express Open Forum app can be downloaded here

Source1: Phandroid
Source2: American Express

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