Starling Bank, a UK-based digitally-native mobile challenger bank, is set to launch a beta version of its current account app for its customers.

At the outset, the current account will be available only on iPhone, while an Android version of the app will be released later this month, revealed the app-only bank.

Using the feedback from customers, the lender plans to improve the performance and application ahead of a full-scale commercial launch.

Commenting on the launch, CEO and founder Anne Boden said: “Our vision at Starling is to give everyone in the world the opportunity to enjoy a healthy financial life.

“Today is another step on that journey. Widening our beta testing programme means we can continue to develop the Starling Account; testing it, getting feedback, improving it, and adding new features over the next few months.”

The account will feature a Mastercard, direct debits, transfers and overdraft facility, as well as a number of latest features such as real-time feed of transactions and biometric security with facial recognition,.

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In future, plans are afoot to synchronise the current account app with digital wallets such as Apple Pay and Android Pay.