A few weeks after launching its Google Product Search for mobile, Google is now enhancing theAndroid application via the addition of integrated barcode scanning, enabling users to check prices and product details on specific items, not just categories of goods.
Using the Google Product Search app from Android Market, users can open up the barcode scanning option and by holding the handset screen over the product barcode to generate a search result in the browser.
“Today, barcode scanning works best for products like electronics, books, movies or video games, but we're working on adding more barcodes for other items,” writes Google Mobile software engineer Eiji Hirai on the Official Google Mobile Blog.
“Of course, if your scan does not return a result, you can always type in the product name just as before.”
Hirai adds that barcode scanning is available now for Android-powered devices in the US and the UK.
For more on the Google Product Search upgrade:
- read this Official Google Mobile Blog entry