Two weeks ago, we revealed a new version of the investor mobile app was coming soon. Today, we’re excited to announce that it has been approved by the App Store, meaning you can download the new version right now! Visit App Store.
The new Funding Circle mobile app for iOS 9 has been completely redesigned for investors, so you can access your account information quickly and securely when you’re on the move. You’ll enjoy:
– a fresh, new design for the new larger screen resolutions
– shortcuts for watching and bidding on loans
– improved user experience
– Touch ID and passcode enabled to make it easier to login
– updates for fixed rate changes to the marketplace
Screenshots of the new iOS app
Q&A with the mobile team
Before its release, we interviewed the team who have been working on the app. In case you missed it, read what Emma, Edu, Dallas, Ben and Rory think about the new app and what they have planned next.
1) What’s your favourite thing about the new app?
Edu: I really like the way data has been exposed through the new version of the app. For example, on the summary page, it is great to be able to see how my funds are distributed across the three different stages: available, bidding, or lent to a business.
Emma: I love the folding headers, where the images blur as you scroll up the screen.
Dallas: Knowing that there is a well-engineered structure inside which is based on solid architectural principles. Having the lower layers of the app made correctly helps all the animations built on top perform much better, and will be easier to maintain in the future.
Ben: The little things that have a story behind why they were chosen – like the effort the team spent debating and researching whether there should be five or six numbers in the passcode, or the way the business information cell has a set height that entices you to read on.
2) What was the most difficult part of the project?
Emma: Adding transparency to the bottom navigation bar was tough. It’s actually one of Apple’s default settings, but the other styling we added changed the default behaviour and we had to change multiple views to bring it back.
Edu: I think the most difficult part was planning at the start of the project. We sat in a room with white paper in front of us in order to define what could be improved and how we were going to do it. We started thinking of the different reasons someone would open the Funding Circle app, what they would be looking for, and how we were solving it on the first version of the app. There were several iterations of design and user testings which allowed us to progress from a user flow on paper to the final design and implementation. This has been a huge effort across several teams, and I truly believe it was worth it in order to offer the best experience possible to our users.
Dallas: Ensuring that we are focussing on developing the right features for the user, based on real evidence and user testing.
Rory: Having fixed rates on the marketplace is changing the behaviour of our users. We will be keeping a close eye on how users interact with the new app and will work hard to roll out the new features you want much more regularly than we have done before.
Ben: I agree with Rory. The most difficult part will be deciding what new features we should add next.
3) What would you like to develop in the next iterations?
Emma: I’d like to see us implementing autobid settings or a secondary market feature, as I feel that these are becoming more important parts of the investor experience.
Edu: We are going to continue to be really proactive in listening to feedback from our users and making changes according to their needs. There are other features that I would like to see introduced. For example, being able to subscribe to notifications whenever a loan request matching certain criteria is listed; bringing the secondary market into the app; and probably the most immediate one, updating the iPad app to the new version.
Dallas: Implement some of the new features Apple have included in iOS such as 3D touch for extra user actions, spotlight search, Apple watch app and/or contextual notifications. These would be features that would be interesting to work on but we would first need user testing/validation to ensure our users would actually find them useful.
Rory: iPad – so we can expand and iterate on top of our existing component library. Doing so will allow us in the future to roll out new features across the two platforms simultaneously.
Ben: I’m really looking forward to finding new ways to provide the most important information for customers at the right time – maybe something that tells you what has changed in your account since you last looked at the app.
Thanks for your time everyone!
Interested in using the app?
If you’d like to use the iOS app you can download it for free from the App Store. For those who used the first version, we hope you’ll notice a real improvement in performance and usability.
The Funding Circle team