APP REVIEW: Pesa Droid

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M-PESA is one of the products that really changed the world’s perception of Kenya. Bill Gates had this to say about M-pesa “Kenya’s M-Pesa proves that when people are empowered, they will use digital tech to innovate on their own ” . Despite the acclaim, most of us don’t keep track of our M-pesa transactions.

Using M-Pesa on Android? Pesa-Droid is the app for you!!

Pesa Droid is an application that analyses your M-pesa Transactions,through your sms and from that generates statements.

                                                                Features

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Above is Pesa Droid Home

My transactions Feature

Once you download the application and  sync it with your sms inbox , it automatically retrieves all M-pesa transactions. Monies received, monies sent, used to buy airtime, pay for utilities and service charges.

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A sneak of my transactions feature. Take note of how the application lets keep track of your spending.

Sender and Recipients

This feature helps the user view transactions with a given person or institution. It features the date of the transactions, the transaction number, description of the transaction and the amounts involved. It also offers a mini statement on the particular person.

senders and recipient

Pesa droid offers an easy way to view who you sent or received money from

Export Feature

It also has an export feature where you can share your transactions via bluetooth or back them up to your email.The feature allows for permanent storage of information as well as easy retrieval.

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The export feature.One could send them via email or share via bluetooth.

                Groups

 It enables the user to group their transactions into either family, bills and utilities, friends and colleagues, clients and tenants, agents and service providers. Users can on request get statements for each of the groups they have created. Groups offers simplicity It also allows one to create a group and place a given person into it.This can be of particular importance to a landlord in Kinoo who wants to keep track
of the tenants who havent paid or Chama Members who want to know who contributed what amount and the exact date.

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Groups feature, one can add a group to this such as Chama members,tenants.

STATEMENTS

This happens to be my favourite feature of the application that allows you to keep track of the money received and withdrawn and the point of withdrawal.This feature depends on the transactions feature and one can have a record of their usage in a given period analysed . Users can either get daily, weekly or even monthly statements. The statements shows the total cash into phone, total cash sent out of the phone, as well as the service charges.It also Lets you also export to excel. This feature makes you think hard of why you bought that airtime worth 100 shillings whenever you are looking at your statements. :-). It is particularly important to the businesses that use M-pesa as the means of payment as they can be used as a source of financial information in book keeping.

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One could generate weekly,monthly or even quartely statements based on the transactions.

PLATFORM

The application runs on android and has two modules. The Alfajiri which is a paid up version and Bwerere. Both are available on Google Play for download.

The Future

I am looking forward to Pesa Droid for Dealers which will ensure that M-pesa dealers get to keep track of what goes on at their shops. I also look forward to Pesa Droid synced with M-shwari as well as the usage of Pesa Droid not only for Android devices but in multi platforms.

The developer

Felix Kiptum

Contacts

Website: www.pesadroid.com

Facebook:       http://www.facebook.com/pesaDroid

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/#!/pesaDroid

Download Links

Bwerere

Google play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pesadroid.free

Or

Alfajiri paid up for $ 2.99-
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pesadroid

Website: www.pesadroid.com/download


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BLUETOOTH VS NFC

NFC      VS       Bluetooth

I recently bought a smartphone and among the accessories, were two bands labeled NFC tags. I had heard of NFC before but never bothered to research, but after this I got to discover the exciting world which is Near Field Communication.

So,

What is NFC?

NFC (near field communication) is a wireless technology which allows for the transfer of data between two NFC enabled devices

What is an NFC TAG?

NFC tags contain small microchips with little aerials that store information for transfer to another NFC device, such as a mobile phone.

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Xperia tags that were came with my device

Am sure you now have an idea of what NFC is and also what Bluetooth is. Bluetooth and near field communications (NFC) are two wireless technologies that most smartphones users have used to connect to another smartphone or device. Bluetooth is rather common while NFC is relatively new. Both technologies have similarities and differences, and here are some of them.

DISTANCE

While Bluetooth can connect devices up to 10 meters or 32 feet away, NFC covers ranges of 4 centimeters. Am sure by now you are wondering why you should have the NFC technology on your smartphone.   While it may seem that Bluetooth is superior in this regard, one can use both Bluetooth and NFC to suit their needs and overcome the distance shortcoming that NFC has.

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Two devices connecting using NFC

 SPEED

NFC is fast and the user needs little effort to connect. Bluetooth takes a while with several steps to activate while NFC is instantaneous. In regards to speed, the rate at which data is exchanged on NFC is way faster than that of the Bluetooth technology.

 POWER CONSUMPTION

While Bluetooth is notorious for draining battery power on your smartphone, NFC consumes very little power. This has prompted development of the Bluetooth Low Energy which is meant to reduce power consumption of Bluetooth devices. NFC allows you to share power and charge up other devices. Yes it can, through electromagnetic induction; one can use NFC to power up other devices.

Other advantages of NFC are security where the short ranges of distances that are involved ensure there are little or no interference as well as safeguarding data from hackers.

 How Can we Locally Use NFC

            NFC can be used in several ways locally with the major one being using our smartphones to do online shopping in a secure way. M- Pesa could use NFC for making transactions as Google wallet and I Wallet do. Users could also use NFC to pay for parking tickets at the malls, and also paying for boarding tickets at railway stations. In addition to this NFC can also be used to store patient’s information on their health. Marketing firms should also use the technology to post advertisements while the same can be applied to ensure home, car and office security. App development could embrace the technology and have financial, sports, health and a range of applications in which NFC could be used.

GOOGLE WALLET

Google Wallet,one of the known applications of NFC. The same can be applied locally.

FUTURE OF NFC

Just like Bluetooth, NFC is out to make a mark in the world of wireless technology. As the technology is still relatively new, it is yet to be integrated the technology into many products or services. Watch this space, NFC will be knocking soon.

PS: Check This Link for NFC Enabled Smartphones http://www.nfcworld.com/nfc-phones-list/