ShopSavvy – price comparison on Google Android

G1 running Google Android went on sale today in T-Mobile stores. I just watched the marketing clip and I am now eager to get one of those phones in my hands. It is not the phone itself that I am so excited about though. G1 is a fine piece of hardware but by itself it doesn’t achieve much (my year old HTC Wing does a lot of what G1 has). It is the combination of advanced hardware, open source platform, and online services that creates that incredible value.

I think when I get my hands on G1 it will be the applications that I will get most use of, not the phone itself. As phones become smarter you can do more and more things with them and the phone aspect of it gets less significant.

One of the Google Android applications I am eager to try is ShopSavvy - one of the winners in the Google Android Developer Challenge. The developers team has gone one step further than Frucall (the online service I reviewed last year) and made price comparison even easier.

With ShopSavvy you don’t need to read the UPC code off of the product and type it into your phone. The application makes use of the built in camera and ZXing, the open source bar code reader, to enter that UPC for you. Besides the bigger screen and faster connection allows ShopSavvy to navigate you directly to the product offering online, or pinpoint the location on the map should you choose to shop in-store.

Watch this embedded video for a short demo of how to shop using ShopSavvy. It is fairly easy and yet very powerful. I am sure the big guys at PriceGrabber and Shopzilla are already figuring out how to compete in this potentially huge marketplace. I can almost smell an acquisition. ;-)

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2 Responses to “ShopSavvy – price comparison on Google Android”

  1. 1 Helen Oct 23rd, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    Wow, this is very much! Thanks for the demo. Nicely done. I wonder how the search algorithm would work for lesser known products such as designer jeans or cosmetics.

  2. 2 Yan Oct 23rd, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    I jumped the boat and ordered a G1 today from T-Mobile so soon I will be able to post some stats ;-)

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