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Google Shopper iPhone app now digs up local deals

Recently updated, the Google Shopper app for iOS devices can now track down deals and offers at local restaurants and other stores, letting you redeem them through your device.

Lance Whitney Contributing Writer
Lance Whitney is a freelance technology writer and trainer and a former IT professional. He's written for Time, CNET, PCMag, and several other publications. He's the author of two tech books--one on Windows and another on LinkedIn.
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iPhone owners who use the Google Shopper app to find their favorite products can now hunt for special deals at local restaurants and other businesses.

Updated last week, Google Shopper 1.5 now sports a tab at the bottom called Offers. Tapping on Offers brings up a list of special Google Offers being promoted by local merchants eager for your business. Tapping on each deal or offer then displays the business name, location, details of the deal, and its expiration date.

For example, in the deals I found, a local sports store was offering 25 percent off a bike, while a nearby gym was kicking in a free trial class.

You can save each deal, in which case it appears in your My Offers section. You can then redeem the offer by bringing your mobile device to the different restaurants and other businesses and showing them the offer screen.

In a blog published yesterday, Google said that its Google Offers are currently available in Portland, Ore., the San Francisco Bay Area, and New York, with other cities to follow, though I was able to find several redeemable offers in an area outside of New York City.

Google Shopper is compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.