Official eBay app gets a Mango makeover [Video]

Now that Mango is so close you can taste it, we're starting to see the big guns land in the Marketplace. One of those is the official eBay app, as it just got bumped from 1.12 to 1.13. More interestingly, it's listed as a second app instead of an update to your existing version. Now worries, we have the new link below.

The app has had a UI change with the main start screen showing more info on a single page and smaller icons. But the big Mango features are:

  • Pin searches or individual auctions to your Start screen
  • Fast app resume
  • Live barcode scanner

That last one is kind of neat. Now that devs have the camera API, they can make live scanners for barcodes (instead of taking a photo and analyzing). The feature is self explanatory: you scan the item and it searches eBay for the best price. Of course you'll need decent lighting but it worked like a charm for us.

Finally, the last feature is a shopping assistant called eBay Explorer (beta). Using the Metro tiles, it allows you to drill down items in eBay based on your responses e.g. category, gender, price, occasions, etc. It works pretty well and should help us men who need last minute gifts for like everyone. Amirite, guys? [@J45PER lets us know that Explorer ssems to be US-only at this time]

Pick up the new eBay app in the Marketplace. Thanks, @ogracia, for the tip!


Reader comments

Official eBay app gets a Mango makeover [Video]


Interesting. Visiting "eBay" by searching it will not invoke the update. I suggest everyone clicks the download link from the WPCentral app or the Zune link from the article.This puts two eBay apps on your start menu though, make sure you delete the other one

It's a much better App than the 1.12 (and that wasn't half bad). Love being able to pin thing's im currently watching or bidding on. Only problem is I seem to be getting a few internal errors if I press back or change one too many search options (annoying if anything). It seems the explorer is linked to US eBAY accounts, not USA Zune accounts (fair enough).I uninstalled the 1.12 app, since this is much nicer. Loving it ebay.

One thing that I have noticed with this new version is that hitting toast notifications still does not directly link to respective part of the app. So if I get a notification for an item ending soon, it just goes to the main page like the old version. Also there is still no live tile. So this is almost like half way to the version that was shown in that mango developer app video.

Still no selling feature. Why???? iPhone version has had this for years, and let's you easily take pics and post items for sale.

Uh, cause I have a Windows Phone and want the same functionality as a competing phone? Imagine that!

I just got a $549.99 HTC Radar for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HTV for only $251.92, they are both coming tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retail prîces at places like Walmart or Bestbuy. I sold a 37" HTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for.I use http://alturl.com/yb4h8

They still haven't fixed the password issue. For some reason it doesn't allow me to sign-in and I bet it has something to do with one of the many special characters I use.

Hey Everybody!!Thanks for the love on our eBay app! I'm the PM for this, and really appreciate the helpful feedback.@ Pete C: dont worry, we hear you! We have another release cooking and you'll have a kick **** (well, faster!) payment flow in addition to SELLING... before you go Trick or Treating!@chsoriano: i havent heard this one before. Please try using a combination of numbers and letters. If you still have trouble, i'll be happy to help you out.Stoked you guys like the Explorer feature!! Please provide any more feedback here, what you like, dont like, and we'll make changes accordingly. All the best,C~Lo