Apps for Last-Minute Holiday Shopping

It’s Holidays Week here at Android.Appstorm! We will dedicate our time this week to bring you the best apps for the year-end festivities. From gift shopping to games, cooking and hosting, managing your to-dos, decorating your phone, it will all be about spreading the cheer and reducing the stress of the Holidays season.

A big factor in the modern day holiday period is shopping for gifts. With Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year’s fast approaching, it’s likely that those of you buying gifts will have many of them sorted by now. However, thanks to the Internet, we all have a big communal marketplace to buy last-minute impulse gifts before the big day arrives.

In this roundup, we’re going to take a look at some of the apps you can grab to make that last minute gift purchase.

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shoppingholidays roundup: Shopper


Shopper is an official Google app that acts as an all-in-one solution for shopping with your Android handset.

The app helps shoppers find information on millions of products, searching by image, barcode recognition, text or even your voice. Prices are returned for both online and retail stores alongside additional product information, reviews and more. Shopper will even help pick out current sales and deals that you can take advantage of to save some money this holiday season.

Price: Free
Requires: Android 2.1 or above
Google Play Link: Shopper
Developer: Google Inc.

shoppingholidays roundup: Amazon Mobile for Android

Amazon Mobile for Android

Amazon is a massive retail channel for Internet shoppers and it’s no surprise that it’s used by many to make last-minute purchases. In fact, Amazon has boasted being able to deliver last-minute gifts bought on December 23rd in time for Christmas (and even on Christmas Eve in some select cities).

The official Amazon mobile app streamlines the shopping experience with the site into one, simple mobile application. You can use the app to browse Amazon’s massive selection of products, add items to wishlists and make purchases whilst on the go. With an AF-equipped camera on your handset, you can also pull up the Amazon product page for any physical item by simply scanning its barcode.

Need to get in touch with Amazon’s Customer Service department? The app can even throw you right into your phone app with the current number pre-loaded up, should you need it.

Price: Free
Requires: Android 2.0 or above
Google Play Link: Amazon Mobile for Android
Developer: Amazon Eurasia Holdings Sarl

shoppingholidays roundup: Official eBay Android App

Official eBay Android App

eBay is another major international retailer, hosting thousands of independent sellers and branded stores. It’s an opportunity to find in-demand items or save cash by finding the right listing.

The official eBay app for Android is your go-to client for accessing the power of one of the world’s biggest open marketplaces right on your phone.

Price: Free
Requires: Android 2.1 or above
Google Play Link: Official eBay Android App
Developer: eBay Mobile

shoppingholidays roundup: Barcode Scanner

Barcode Scanner

Barcode Scanner is a simple app that uses your handset’s camera to scan barcodes, allowing users to access information on the product and look it up on a number of websites. Find a book you like? Use the app to easily pull up the relevant Google Books listing.

Barcode Scanner also works with QR codes, an ever-growing presence in physical retail, so you can find more information on a product within seconds.

Price: Free
Requires: Android Varies with device
Google Play Link: Barcode Scanner
Developer: ZXing Team

shoppingholidays roundup: RedLaser Barcode & QR Scanner

RedLaser Barcode & QR Scanner

Similar to Barcode Scanner, RedLaser scans codes to pull up relevant information on the relevant POI or product in question.

An eBay app, Barcode Scanner recognises all major barcodes and lets users find the best price — online or in brick-and-motar retail — to save your hard-earned cash, view related products and accessories, store loyalty cards and more.

Price: Free
Requires: Android 1.6 or above
Google Play Link: RedLaser Barcode & QR Scanner
Developer: eBay Mobile

shoppingholidays roundup: ShopSavvy Barcode Scanner

ShopSavvy Barcode Scanner

ShopSavvy calls itself the “original barcode scanner for Android”, allowing users to scan barcodes in a similar fashion to the two previous apps. As expected, ShopSavvy will pull up a list of retail outlets offering the product and their prices.

However, ShopSavvy also allows users to buy products, at the cheapest price, right in the app, or view a map of retail locations that stock the product so you can run out and grab it without travelling too far.

Price: Free
Requires: Android 2.1 or above
Google Play Link: ShopSavvy Barcode Scanner
Developer: ShopSavvy, Inc.

And it doesn’t even stop there! The apps we’ve featured in this roundup are the ones most likely to work around the world, especially with retailers like Amazon and eBay having such a wide international presence. However, be sure to check out your local Google Play store to view a variety of national retailers relevant to your country.

Editor note: Don’t forget Etsy, a newcomer to the Play Store with a wide selection of retailers from all around the world and millions of items to choose from.

UK-bound users like me can benefit from a massive selection of national retail apps for everywhere from Greggs to Debenhams. US users can enjoy a similar selection of relevant apps and, if you live elsewhere, there’s a good chance of a large selection of relevant apps for you too.