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Amazon.com releases official Android shopping app

August 4, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka

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Amazon.com releases official Android shopping app

Amazon Mobile has released the Amazon App for Android, an official shopping client for fast searching and shopping on Amazon.com. Released into the U.S. Android Market early this morning, Amazon App leverages much of the power of the online retailer onto an Android phone. Content is optimized to load quickly, shoppers can search by department, scan barcodes or take photos, compare prices, gain access to their shopping cart, track pages, view or edit account settings, and even view their Wish List and recommendations.

Amazon App is available for free in the U.S. Android Market. As a frequent Amazon shopper who often checks the website or ShopSavvy to decide if it makes more sense to purchase products online, I’m happy to see this tool. Though the barcode feature doesn’t scan as quickly or as accurately as ShopSavvy when dealing with ISBN’s, the app runs fairly quickly in other aspects. Here’s a list of features and a few screenshots of Amazon App for Android.

  • Read Amazon.com product descriptions and user reviews. On the results page, shoppers can click links that take them to full Amazon user reviews and ratings data.
  • Add “Remembers” while in-store. Scan a barcode or snap a photo of an item and Amazon will search for a similar product and add Remember it for purchase or research at a later time.
  • Make purchases using Amazon’s 1-Click® ordering and Amazon Prime
  • My Account feature lets users track packages, view or cancel items in recent orders, and Change 1-Click settings
  • Common Amazon features like Wish List, Gold Box Deal of the Day, and Recommendations are all available. Based on past purchase history and wish list entries, Amazon offers recommendations of similar products every time the application loads.