The BSE (Formerly known as the Bombay Stock Exchange) has launched an Android app, where its users can find relevant information about the stock market. The app's main users will be investors and investment enthusiasts, who'd like to have real time updates on the performance of their stocks. Windows phone and Windows 8 apps for the same are also available.
The BSE app is everything its website is, only as an app. From graphs, to heatmaps, the app also gives you more specific lists, on the day's gainers, losers, indices and top turnover. Also, specific information about the company's on the various lists is impressive. Along with the graph and trading infromation, the app even gives information on market depth and corporate announcements, from the company.
Pros and Cons
The app is built by Mumbai-based Cazaayan Software Labs using their propriety RIWA Gateway, and from an application standpoint, have done a good job. The design adheres to the specific design principles on the Android and Windows platform. But it does have some responsiveness issues at time, especially while clicking the side swipe menu. Also, some elements on some lists can be clicked, but it doesn't load anything new - for example, the corporate announcements section list down announcements made by the company, but it doesn't redirect to the announcement itself. This could be an interesting addition to this app.
Apart from this, there is a small rectangular bar that says BSE at the bottom of all the lists on the app, which isn't useful. It's worse on the Windows app, as it is a larger bar on the top of the screen. Getting rid of it might free up some screen real estate.
Overall, this is a well made app and from a broader perspective, it is good to see Ashish Chauhan and team employ new technologies to keep information open and accessible. This app is definitely a convenience to the smartphone enabled investor. There are popular apps in the market that already perform the function of this app from BSE. If you've used them, tell us what you think and how it compares to the official one.
Until then, download the Android app here.