Mint Launches Free Finance App for Google Android
Mint, the Web-based personal finance business Intel acquired in 2009, on May 3 released a free application for devices running Google's Android operating system.
Available now in the Android Market, Mint for Android helps smartphone users check their bank accounts, manage their money and monitor their credit from the road.
The app is one of the roughly 50,000 Android apps in the Android Market, which is striving to gain traction against Apple's iPhone App Store, which boasts almost 200,000 apps.
Mint already offers an iPhone app, so adding Android is par for the course for a company that wants to extend its financial service purview to consumers across multiple platforms.
Mint for Android lets users see real-time account balances, check recent transactions, compare spending against their monthly budgets and change transaction details.
Users can also tap the Mint.com widget to see a quick, live view of their account. Android's Live folders help provide Mint users with financial updates on the phone's home screen without launching the Mint.com application.
The app is password-protected, so if a user loses his Android phone or reports it stolen, he can disable access from Mint.com.
In a breath of fresh air from some Android apps that only work with the latest versions of Android, Mint for Android is available for Android versions 1.5, 1.6, 2.0 and 2.1. This means users of almost any current Android device will be able to use the app to manage their money.
To access the Mint for Android app, any of the 3 million-plus Mint users can use their existing accounts to access the new Android operating system features. Users new to Mint may set up a free account here and read reviews of the Mint for Android app here.
Mint.com has a nice success story. In less than three years, Mint.com has grown to cover nearly $200 billion in transactions and $50 billion in assets by helping consumers view all their financial accounts in one place.
Intuit, itself a major provider of business and financial management software such as QuickBooks, Quicken and TurboTax, acquired Mint for $170 million last September.