Amazon UK launches updated Android shopping app

There’s a new Android Amazon app on the Android Market for UK users today, which makes the impulse purchasing of things you don’t need much, much easier.

Now incorporating compatibility with Amazon’s “one click” purchasing system, the new Android tool also includes a “scan a barcode” option so you’re able to compare prices of other items in a flash or look up anything you’ve got lying around the house.

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Bloody hell, check out the price on that Galaxy Tab. I’ll write that up separately in a minute.

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Just be careful out there. Dialing someone by accident is embarrassing enough – accidentally purchasing items from Amazon because you didn’t lock the screen when you put your phone in your pocket takes it to a whole new level. Here’s the announcement:

New Free Shopping Application for Android – Amazon Customers Scan a Barcode for Instant Product Matches

Luxembourg – January 26, 2011 – today announced the release of its latest mobile shopping application, “Amazon App for Android™,” which is now available as a free download in Android Market™. Designed specifically for Android, the Amazon App offers users a fast and convenient way to shop for millions of items on and thousands of Marketplace sellers wherever they go. The application includes barcode scanning, a new feature that enables Android users to use their device camera to scan items available for sale on and receive a product match instantly– without the need for a keyboard.

“Customers in the UK have been requesting an Amazon shopping application on their Android devices and we are thrilled to bring them the Amazon App for Android,” said Greg Greeley, Vice President EU Retail at Amazon. “In addition to accessing their favourite Amazon shopping features such as 1-Click®, Amazon Prime and customer reviews, customers can use the new barcode scanning tool to read the barcode on great gift ideas and everyday items and instantly match them to products available at”

Using the Amazon App for Android, customers can make price comparisons across multiple sellers, and easily purchase products from and thousands of other retailers on the site.
With the Amazon App for Android customers can also use their existing account to access favourite shopping features wherever they are, such as:

- Purchasing using Amazon’s 1-Click® ordering and Amazon Prime
– Tracking packages or modifying orders using the Your Account feature
– Receiving personalised recommendations
– Viewing editorial and customer reviews
– Accessing their Wish List

The Amazon App for Android is available on any Android-enabled device as a free download through Android Market™. For more information, visit

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  1. Rik Hemsley

     /  January 26, 2011

    I put my phone in my pocket with my keys, which have that little bar code from the key insurance people, and got 14 copies of my keys in the post the next morning.

    • Gary C

       /  January 26, 2011

      It’s keys in the left pocket, phone in the right. Everyone knows that. Your contract insurance is invalid if you put your phone in the same pocket as your keys.

      • Rik Hemsley

         /  January 26, 2011

        So is it okay that I put loose change in the other pocket with my butterfly collection?

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