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updated 12:20 pm EST, Fri February 19, 2010

Google Shopper not known due for other platforms

(Updated with Google comments) Google late Thursday rolled out a new mobile app linked into its search services. Shopper serves as an official rival to titles like ShopSavvy and uses the principles behind the Goggles app to provide an advanced product search. Besides scanning the barcodes for most products, Shopper is smart enough to recognize books, games, movies and music by their covers and labels. If it identifies an item, it can not only provide pricing at many common shops but detailed information and reviews where they're available.

The feature works with some Android 1.5 or later devices but needs an autofocusing camera to get the precision for capturing barcodes. Google hasn't said whether an equivalent app will be available for the iPhone 3GS or other platforms, although CEO Eric Schmidt just this week said that the company doesn't plan platform exclusives and produces other native apps where it can.

Update: Google tells Electronista that it would like to port Shopper to a "broad set of users on more devices" but that it doesn't immediately have plans to expand to other platforms.

by MacNN Staff



  1. _Rick_V_

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Red Laser

    Red Laser is your iPhone answer. Of course, it's not free like Google Shopper will be. But it may be worth it if you're a shopoholic. :-)

  1. Zigster

    Joined: Dec 1969


    These are all awful

    Anytime you are faced with the task of trying to photograph a barcode it will make you marvel at the efficiency of a 30 year old supermarket scanner. Imagine the joy of comparison shopping as your wife yells at you to hold that damn product still while the 5-10 second scanning process commences.

  1. _Rick_V_

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: These are all awful

    I disagree.

    If you have a iPhone 3GS with auto-focus, it's is surprisingly quick! For a test, I scanned the coke can on my desk, and I wasn't able to count to 2 before it locked in and beeped. My guess is that it would be the same experience on an Android phone, as long as it has an auto-focus camera.

    Maybe if you have the older 3G iPhone without autofocus, it take 5-10 seconds. But not here.

  1. Benoit Maison

    Joined: Dec 1969


    pic2shop is free and works on all iPhone models

    Unlike RedLaser, pic2shop is free, and it snaps barcodes quickly even on the iPhone Original and 3G. Actually, it was the very first app to do so.

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