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ShopSavvy barcode scanning app arrives on iPhone platform

updated 05:45 pm EST, Tue November 17, 2009

App taked advantage of camera auto-focus

Big In Japan's popular Android app ShopSavvy has finally been ported to the iPhone platform. The software utilizes the phone's integrated camera to scan barcodes, enabling users to quickly view information such as local and online prices and inventory availability. The app was believed to be awaiting the auto-focus capabilities of the latest iPhone 3GS, however the developer claims it is compatible with the full range of iPhone generations.

The interface provides options to create wish lists, call stores, browse websites, or share content with friends. The local retail locations are displayed on a map, with directions available as needed.

ShopSavvy can be downloaded for free from the app store. [via TechCrunch]

by MacNN Staff



  1. thebiggfrogg

    Joined: Dec 1969




  1. SergioRS

    Joined: Dec 1969


    yea, not so much...

    iPhone Gen1 may be supported but getting the barcode into focus but close enough to scan is a total PITA and makes the product a lot less useful. Not the program's fault - but a definite shortcoming in under featured 1st generation hardware.

  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I use RedLaser almost every single day. it does everything this new app does.

  1. danangdoc

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Red laser rocks

    Two weeks ago the microwave I picked up at Wally world scanned at $58 and not the $54.68 shown on the shelf. I scanned the bar code on the crappy Emerson unit (the beeping would wake the dead) and then displayed the correct price to the manager who had been called over to the register. Major win. And it works easily and quickly on my 3GS.

  1. madla1962

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Red Laser and Iphone Gen1

    Red Laser works very well with my original Gen 1 iPhone. Even though the bar code is not in perfect focus it can still read the bar code. Haven't tried this new app yet but it sound like it doesn't work well with the first iPhone

  1. shawnde

    Joined: Dec 1969


    ShopSavvy is FREE!

    And as we all know, nothing beats FREE ... though Red Laser looks like a good product.

  1. Zigster

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Barcode scanning process is unacceptable

    Have you ever scanned your own groceries and heard the satisfying beep of a checkout scanner before you yourself found the barcode? Magic!

    The use of a cellphone camera to scan a barcode is a hilarious exercise in futility. It will make you marvel at the speed of a supermarket laser. Imagine the fun as your wife yells at you to "HOLD IT STILL DAMN IT!" as your both pray the ShopSavvy app will not make you devote another 15 seconds of your life to read in a 12 digit number.

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