UPI (Unified Payments Interface) transactions have been substantially growing since its launch in April 2016. According to the recent data published by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), total number of UPI transactions in April 2018 has grown to 190.1M, i.e. around 27 times higher than in the same month last year. The amount transacted has increased by 12% to Rs. 27,021.9 crores, i.e. 12 times higher than in the corresponding month last year.
UPI has been a game changer for the Indian payment ecosystem and we at CCAvenue strongly believe that UPI is the future of payments in India. We had launched UPI acceptance for businesses and have been offering P2M payments (customer to merchant) on UPI since 2016. The conventional UPI collect flow, allows bank account holders to transact using a Virtual Payment Address (VPA), without entering additional bank information.
CCAvenue now announces the new UPI Intent flow for payments on native mobile applications using existing UPI supported apps installed on their phones like Phonepe, Whatsapp, BHIM, Tez etc., thereby avoiding the need to use multiple apps (merchant, SMS, UPI app) for payments.
The conventional collect flow is lengthy and could be a little tedious for the customer as it involves many background API calls and SMS notifications with delayed delivery may leave the end customer with an unsatisfactory user experience. The UPI Intent flow eases the process considerably and improves the entire user experience making it lot more smoother.
Most of the UPI apps have added support for intent flow, including BHIM, PhonePe, Tez, Whatsapp etc. and various UPI enabled bank apps.
UPI Intent flow is currently supported only on Android devices. The best part is that you do not have to write a single line of extra code to add support for this! The existing web/mobile app integration automatically supports UPI Intent flow.