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Barcode Scanner

by Tyler Smith
Platform: Android Rated: Guidance Suggested
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • ASIN: B004R1FCII
  • Release Date: March 16, 2011
  • Rated: Guidance Suggested This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,533 Free in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Free in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • Scan both 1D and 2D barcodes without hassle
  • Easily share contacts and links among fellow users via generated barcodes
  • Search multiple engines; integrates with Google Shopper
  • Bulk scanning mode allows for rapid scanning of multiple codes
  • Open-source, community input evolving new features

Product Description
Barcode Scanner
Set a custom search URL

Barcode Scanner gives you convenient control of your shopping experience using your phone's camera and any product within reach that has a barcode. Need to compare prices when shopping? Barcode Scanner has you covered, letting you scan a single barcode (or many, using the Bulk Scan feature) and then use a Google search to find relevant product listings. The app even integrates with Google's Shopper app for detailed results and countless other shopping and product apps for additional functionality.

Barcode Scanner
Create and scan barcodes to share full contact information
Create and Share Barcodes

Barcode Scanner lets you create your own barcodes as well. Want to quickly send full contact information from your address book to a friend? Just create and display a code and have them scan it from your phone's screen. Do the same for links to your favorite website or Android app. Or share links in barcode form via Twitter or Facebook and your friends can scan the information right from a computer monitor.

Google Integration

Find results for your scanned barcodes in Google's product listings or download Google's Shopper app for more scan and search options, including image searches and "starred" favorite products. But Barcode Scanner is for more than just shopping. Wish you had "ctrl+f" to find that word or sentence in that book you're reading? If the book is archived in Google Books, you can scan its barcode and find the page and content you're looking for.

Extensive Customization

Choose whether to scan 1D or 2D barcodes, choose a custom URL for your searches, adjust the front lighting your camera uses for scanning, or switch to Bulk Scanning to scan multiple items at once instead of having to return to the scan interface each time. Barcode Scanner is an open source project and continues to grow and add features with community input. Check out the ZXing Team web page for more information.


Technical Details

  • Size: 487.8KB
  • Version: 3.53
  • Developed By: Tyler Smith
  • Application Permissions: (Help me understand what permissions mean)
    • Required to be able to access the camera device
    • Open network sockets
    • Write to external storage
    • Read or write the system settings
    • Change Wi-Fi connectivity state
    • Access information about Wi-Fi networks
    • Access the vibration feature
    • Read the user's contacts data
    • Write (but not read) the user's contacts data
    • Access information about networks
    • Access the flashlight
    • PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming
    • Allows an application to read (but not write) the user's browsing history and bookmarks
  • Minimum Operating System: Android 1.5
  • Approximate Download Time: Less than 10 seconds

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
84 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An old but legit version of Barcode Scanner April 12, 2011
From the developer -- this is a "legitimate" version of Barcode Scanner, even though it is not listed as by "ZXing Team". For complex reasons, Amazon has to deploy their own copy. It can be trusted. But, this copy is quite old now and does not appear to be updated. The only officially maintained source is Google Play.
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67 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing July 28, 2011
I love this thing, I go into a store, scan the Bar-code on anything I like and it shows me what it sells for online. Very convenient when shopping for bigger ticket Items. If I see it's only a few dollars more in the store I usually buy it, If I see the difference of $20 or more I order it online and wait for it to arrive.
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78 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Barcode Scanner! March 22, 2011
I'm in the document management business, and we're frequently installing barcode applications for desktops, databases, and other purposes. It's an absolute God-send to be able to scan the barcode from a document and see what the barcode actually says. It has solved MANY problems where the client wants to blame our software for not reading their barcode, only to find out that their barcode is wrong or badly formed.

Also useful while shopping to do quick comparison shopping - it tells me in seconds if something is available at Amazon.com, and what it costs.

Reads MANY different barcode formats including the ubiquitous UPC, the common "3 of 9", 2D DataMatrix and several others.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazon restricts this app April 8, 2012
Verified Purchase
When I originally got this app, it worked perfectly and checked all markets for prices. However, somehow Amazon now restricts this app to their own web site and you're forced to sign in to Amazon before any price searches are completed. If you don't sign in and try to "skip" the sign-in process, the app shuts down. I uninstalled the app and downloaded it from Google Play. That version works properly and now I can search all available markets for a product - without being troubled by a sign-in process.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Verified Purchase
Don't bother. For reasons not made at all clear, Amazon maintains a separate copy of this application, from the one available on Google Play (AKA Android market).

The copy on Google Play seems to be kept up-to-date, while the copy here at Amazon does not. It's a great application, but I see no reason why anyone should want to download an outdated version here when an updated version is just as easily available elsewhere.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than most of the others October 14, 2011
By pessona
I use this App on my HTC Desire on AT&T. Even AT&T's barcode app does not work as well as this one. Theirs will sometimes balk at a barcode, or not focus on it at all. This App works almost every time. Great!
I also use it on a 10" Huawei tablet. It still trumps AT&T's App. Over all, the best scanner app for me.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love scanning things now October 16, 2011
By Kagen
I was at a auto parts store scanning some of the products on the shelves that I was thinking about buying when one of the ladies asked me if i needed help and i said to her as any normal person just looking would "no thank you im just looking" ... on my way out the other lady asked if I needed help finding anything and thats when the other lady snapped in and said no he is just doing price comparisons! like i was some kind of bad person for scanning things comparing prices to other places ... WELL I AM GLAD I DID ... NOT ONLY WERE THEY RUDE BUT THEY WERE OVERPRICED AND THIS APP HELPED ME REALIZE I DONT NEED TO GO BACK THERE ANYMORE :)
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why so hard to remove? December 11, 2011
Verified Purchase
I can't get it to show up in my apps and can't uninstall without some Indian guy and then his South Africa supervisor demanding my address and other info. Holy crap, just tell me how to uninstall the app.

Be forewarned, if you install this, you're not uninstling unless you root your phone.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars ok app
works most of the time, easy download its ok but I will be looking for something a little more sophisticated regarding how it works and ties to the net
Published 15 hours ago by mike hendrick
1.0 out of 5 stars Definitely don't waste your time or money on this app
Doesn't work with Kindle Fire HD even though it's supposed to work. Definitely don't waste your time or money on this app. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Betty Miller
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I've been unable to download this app so I can't rate it.
Published 3 days ago by Kenneth Cook
4.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't scan easily.
wooks good, but hard to scan some barcodes. I use on my android smartphone
Published 7 days ago by Sarge
5.0 out of 5 stars Super easy to find any info I need
Couldn't be easier!
Published 11 days ago by Jaylene
1.0 out of 5 stars Did not work on most bar codes
tried it on twenty different items and it never gave me anything it sent me to some web sites that would not open.
Published 20 days ago by Rosalie N.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great software.
Easy install. No problems so far. I expect to use this only moderately but will update this review if necessary in a couple of weeks.
Published 1 month ago by Soccer Fan
3.0 out of 5 stars Barcode Scanner
I want to use it more often but sometimes it won't display the item. Otherwise, it's a neat little program that uses very little memory.
Published 1 month ago by Stan A
4.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but not great.
Takes its sweet time to read a code. Then it doesn't always come up with any kind of useful information.
Published 1 month ago by Gryphon
3.0 out of 5 stars Instructions Lack Clarity
For me, it was not clear once barcode was scanned, what do I do next?? Instructions VERY skethchy and requires the user to use TOO much cognitive learning to decipher the details.
Published 1 month ago by mep0525
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why so many permissions required for this barcode scanner?
http://code.google.com/p/zxing/wiki/FrequentlyAskedQuestions
Nov 3, 2011 by Sean R. Owen |  See all 2 posts
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I am wondering the same thing!
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