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Amazon Mobile app gets update for Mango and a barcode scanner

Official Amazon Mobile app

We do like the Amazon.com app--it's well designed, sharp, fast and has that irresistible 1-click buying option. But the one thing it was missing was some Mango-love and that has now been resolved. Version 1.5 of the app was pushed out today bringing of course fast-app switching but in addition, Amazon threw in a few other fixes and new features as well:

  • Scan It: use your device camera to scan a barcode to check prices and availability.
  • Pin barcode scan to Live tile: From Start screen, click to instantly open barcode scan tool and search for products.
  • Fast application switching: switch from Amazon Mobile to other apps then return to where you left off.
  • We hate bugs as much as you do (so we fixed a bunch)

Amazon Mobile tiles

We've also noticed the name change: Amazon Mobile instead of just Amazon.com. We think the new title fits much better with the demographic. The "pin barcode" feature is real awesome but some users can't seem to find it. Well, here's your tip: Your Account --> "Pin barcode scan to start screen". Yeah, even we admit that's not the most ideal spot for that feature, but hopefully you can find it now. The barcode scanner will allow you to quickly launch the mini-app with 1-tap, scan the item and search for it on Amazon.com for the best price. Pretty awesome. Too bad you can't pin individual items though to your Start screen--seems like an obvious opportunity to us.

Pick up the Amazon Mobile app here in the Marketplace. Thanks, ShipWreck and pdawg17, for the tip!

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Amazon Mobile app gets update for Mango and a barcode scanner

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wow.. Do these app devs actually use these apps they are making? Does not seem like it, if you have to go into your account to pin the scanner, or can't pin an item. This can be such a easy system (WP7) but these moronic devs try to get fancy or something and just make things more difficult than they need to be.

Another vote for UK compatibilitysoon please...especially as I just got Amazon Prime shipping pre Xmas and was really hoping to use this app to browse in town, scan a barcode and find a cheaper version turn up at my door soon after!
Of course it would also be nice if Amazon Prime did more than just shipping outside of the US...it hurts when you hear about a decent video library and Kindle library all added as sweetners only in the US!
And the only consolation is no problems picking up a Titan in store for a while here...but I really just wish we could do away with all the region biase stuff.
Did you know that in the UK we only have partial Bing Vision? i.e. it does Tags and QR codes, but not barcodes unless you switch to US region?!

With all the momentum Nokia is gathering in Europe it's a shame Microsoft didn't work closely with developers to make sure new Lumia 800 owners find all the marquee apps in the marketplace. In the run up to Christmas Amazon and Argos to name just two would have been great.

Its nice but I wish that they did Bing Search integration so that items can integrate with Bing Vision's scanning of bar and qr codes. Having a seperate app is a bit clunky.

to those complaining about UK availability: ever thought that it just wasn't published to the UK market yet or distributed? Calm down it'll be there within the week.

The old app was never available in the UK, I wouldn't bet on it being there within the week.
The only real glimmer of hope for this was the change of name away from amazon.com

You're kidding right? The app was released in February, if it was supposed to come within a week of the US version we would have had it for 9 months.

It's not bad enough that it's hard to find the option to pin the scanner (it should be right underneath the search page), but it looks horrible. The blue border doesn't help. UNPINNED :( The version showed at the Mango preview seemed so much better.

Release it for all of Europe, please ! I am so used to it on my (soon to be retired) iPhone 3G !