December 22, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka
CNET has an Android app designed to give shoppers more information about items they want to purchase. Scan & Shop scans barcodes, then returns important information from CNET likely to influence purchase decisions: CNET reviews, user reviews, item specs and general pricing information. The benefit of this app is obvious. CNET is one of the most trusted sources online for product reviews, so being able to get credible reviews of two interesting laptops spotted in OfficeMax can help make the decision easier.
Beyond providing CNET reviews, Scan & Shop also offers price comparisons between online and local retailers. Users can also create wishlists, set price alerts, and share scans via Twitter. There are noticeable similarities between these features — and the overall look of the app — to popular scan app ShopSavvy. That’s because Big In Japan, the Dallas startup that created ShopSavvy, was involved in the production of this app. Yes, CBS Interactive, Inc. is listed as the app publisher, but its package name is com.biggu.shopsmart. Sound familiar?
Scan and Shop is available for free in the Android Market.