Interactive Brokers enhances Watchlists on IB TWS app for Android devices

Maria Nikolova

The latest version of the app introduces Dividend Date and Dividend Amount columns to the Watchlist and Portfolio screens.

Online trading services provider Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:IBKR) is not losing focus when it comes to its mobile applications that have been updated every two weeks or so. The latest enhancements concern the IB TWS application for Android devices, with the most recent version of the solution rolled out on June 16, 2017.

The improvements, which seem to be centered around work with Watchlists, are introduced just in time for the next earnings season.

The application now enables its users to search for financial instruments by tapping the magnifier icon in the screen title. If they search from a Watchlist, the instrument will be added to their watchlist.

Also, traders can now change the instrument within the contract details, options or future spreads screens. Previously they had to go back to a Watchlist or Portfolio to select a new instrument.

Two new columns, Dividend Date and Dividend Amount, have been added to the Watchlist and Portfolio screens.

The previous enhancements to IB TWS have been focused on IBot, the natural language interface to trading developed by Interactive Brokers’ team. The solution became available to owners of iOS mobile devices in the fall of 2016 and, in April this year, became available to users of Android mobile gadgets.

IBot, as FinanceFeeds has reported earlier, understands commands in a variety of areas of interest to traders, ranging from account information to charts and quotes. Recently, IBot got some additional capabilities, as Interactive Brokers has integrated its website search with the bot to enable educational and task-based returns.

The most recent developments around IB TWS mobile app include the merger of the iPhone and iPad apps into a universal mobile application. Such a fusion is seen by some as controversial, especially by programmers who claim that this move results in heavy coding and restrictions on what may work on both devices and what may not. There are benefits, of course: for instance, customers no longer have to download different apps on different devices. Also, in case they have in-app purchases, this will save them money.

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