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Google Product Search For Android Phones Now Features Barcode Scanning

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Google has announced that Android handset owners can take advantage of barcode scanning support built into Product Search. Using the Barcode Scanner app, users can scan UPC/ISBN codes to pull up results on their browser.

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At the moment, Google claims that the service works best with "products like electronics, books, movies or video games," but they are working to bring more products on board. Hopefully the iPhone will be able to take advantage of this service sometime in the near future. [Google via MobileCrunch]

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It's neat, but it's basically a novelty because there are 3 or 4 perfectly good apps for Android that already do this. I'm pretty sure that Android comes with an API for scanning barcodes because it's a relatively common feature among apps and they all seem to do it the same way.