Google Shopper for Android review: Comparison-shop and find sales nearby

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5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Google Shopper has a nifty Shopping List, GoodGuide ratings for conscious consumers, and a convenient Sales page that aggregates nearby deals.

The Bad The interface has a few quirks that aren't deal-breakers, but can get annoying.

The Bottom Line Even with its minor imperfections, Google Shopper is a powerful app to have for comparison shopping and research, especially during the holidays.

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9.2 Overall
  • Installation and Setup 10.0
  • Features and Support 9.0
  • Interface 8.0
  • Performance 10.0

The newest version of Google Shopper has an attractive user interface, a new way to find deals, and other tweaks. Whether you're looking for apparel, electronics, accessories, or pretty much anything else, the app is a great place to start, as it scours the entirety of the Web for both local and online retailers that carry the items you desire.

As is typical with Google-made Android apps, Google Shopper's user interface is simple and starts with a search bar. Up top, you can type in a keyword, start a voice search, or activate your camera to run an image search, which can recognize not only bar codes, but also books, CDs, DVDs, and video games by their cover art. Hopefully, in future versions, the app will have some more of Google Goggles' powers built in so as to recognize an even wider variety of items. But for now, the options available are more than sufficient.

If you're not exactly sure what you're looking for, you can always navigate Google Shopper by browsing through the thumbnails on the homepage, which cover everything from kitchen appliances to tablets to children's apparel. Some of these lists are based on shopping trends, while others are curated favorites within a category. But be aware that Google does receive compensation from some of the merchants who come up in these lists. Still, the lists can prove helpful, as they show ratings, prices, and even local brick-and-mortar stores that may carry the items you're looking for. You can also get directions or place a call to a store right from the product's Details page. And you can always find links to online retailers that carry the product.

One thing I love about Google Shopper is the Shopping List, which can be shared in its entirety via Android's Share menu. It's easy to keep track of stuff you want, as you can add any item to your Shopping List in a single tap, right from the Product page. Of course, this means that you actually have to click through to each item that you want to add, while I think it would've been nice to be able to add items directly from a search results page. Still, the process isn't terribly inconvenient as it is now.

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