Microsoft’s first Android app scans barcodes

by Giuseppe Taibi on March 4, 2010

Tag lets Android owners use their device as a barcode scanner, effectively. The user takes a photo of a barcode and the program identifies it, possibly alerting the user to special coupons or discounts available for the item or at the store.

Curiously, Tag is not just competing with third-party applications like ShopSavvy, which functions similarly to Tag, but it is also going up directly against Google Shopper, a Google-designed app that lets you photograph items, not just barcodes, to search for them.

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