ETrade Mobile Pro App is Now Available for Android, BlackBerry, I-Phone, and I-Pad
E-Trade today announced the imminent release of an Android version of their E-Trade Mobile Pro trading app. E-Trade's Mobile Pro app has been available for RIMM (Blackberry) and Apple I-Phone and I-Pad devices for a while now, but Android users had been left out in the cold up until now.
The Android version is scheduled for release later this month and will feature the same robust functionality that is currently found in the RIMM and Apple versions. This includes real-time quotes, instant news updates, secure account access, detailed portfolio information, field-rich watch lists, and detailed fundamentals research tools.
In addition to providing powerful research tools, the ETrade Android app will provide a full-featured trading interface with the ability to trade normal market and limit orders as well as conditional orders. This means that whether you have an I-Phone, I-Pad, Blackberry, or Android phone, you can easily get in and out of positions with just a few clicks. It's true that you could previously use an Android's integrated web browser to access the ETrade site, but it's a whole lot faster and easier to do with a dedicated app.
Another great feature is the ability to easily transfer cash between your ETrade accounts and outside institutions. Bank transfers have always been a strength for ETrade, and now this convenience is available for Android device users who are on the go.
For existing ETrade brokerage customers, E-Trade is offering a free HTC Droid Incredible smartphone if you sign up for a 2 year contract with Verizon. Several of us here at DTT already have Droid Incredible phones with Verizon service and we wouldn't trade them for any other device/carrier combo. They're awesome phones, but we've been waiting for what seems like forever for ETrade to offer an Android version of their mobile app.
In addition to Android phones, soon there will be a flood of Android-based tablet PC's that will be an excellent match for the E-Trade Mobile Pro app. We believe that dedicated trading apps for phones and tablets will prove to be an important complement to desktop trading software, and we're looking forward to using them.