Ebay Inc. has developed a cool barcode scanner that has recently landed in the Windows Phone Marketplace. RedLaser will scan UPC, EAN, UPC-E, EAN-8 and QR Codes to find low online and local prices for the product. RedLaser is a very good shopping tool for your Windows Phone and has been a successful app over on the iOS and Android platforms. In just tinkering with RedLaser around the house, we don't see why RedLaser won't be successful on the Windows Phone platform.
The app is spread out nicely with pages that show your search history, display your product lists, and a page to create QR Tags. At the bottom of the main pages are two buttons, one to initiate a scan and the other to pull up the keyword menu. From the three-dot menu you can access the settings and about screens.
To scan a barcode simply tap the "scan" button at the bottom or the screen or the "scan an item" button on the History Page. This will pull up a camera view where you'll simply hold the barcode with the framed area. RedLaser scans the barcode automatically and in a few seconds you'll get product results that include online and local search results.
The results are broken down on a pricing page, a local pricing page that also maps local availability of the product, and any reviews that are available for the product. At the bottom of the results pages you have buttons to add the item to a list, share your results on Windows Live, Twitter, or Facebook and pin the results to your Start Screen. Tapping the individual retail listing on the results will pull up the retailers website.
All in all, RedLaser is an impressive app for your Windows Phone. Scans were really, really, really fast. Results were prompt, laid out nicely and the history and list features helps for quick reference. Having the ability to generate QR Tags is just an added bonus. RedLaser is a free app that you can find here (opens in new tab) at the Windows Phone Marketplace.
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George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.
What makes it better than say, ShopSavvy or Bing Vision?
don't work on HTC Titan
Odd. Downloaded and ran fine on my Titan. And as far as how is this better than Bing Vision or ShopSavvy... I'm not sure if it's better or not but instead an alternative. I like how the results are laid out with RedLaser but Bing and ShopSavvy aren't shabby either.
I have a Titan and was able to download it fine. It works but it doesn't understand where I am when it brings up the local stores.... probably because at home on our wifi.
Does your Titan work fine on WiFi? Mine has issues with WiFi like some others have reported.
pretty sure it don't work for me cause i live in Australia
I'll ask the same question from somebody else again: Does anybody know of any RedLaser specific feature or greater quality than Bing Vision?
The way I am looking at it, I jumped on the RedLaser download, but deleted it pretty soon after, thinking I already have such a thing with Bing. This can also be said about SoundHound and, oh... say, YellowBook app. Bing is built in, and already does what another download would do too, for the most part. (perhaps SoundHound has a few more bells and whistles than just song recognizing, like lyrics link, but no biggie). So, why clutter up apps?
Just wondering if anybody has any argument favoring RedLaser over Bing Vision.
Ironically, I used Bing Vision to scan the QR Code and download this to take a look at it. I agree that it may not be any better than Bing Vision but it's worth a look. Also, folks coming over from IOS and Android may want a semi fmailiar app to work with.
....and I just deleted it after it would scan this QR code in the post... Moving on with Bing Vsion. The circle is complete.
Just a side note. I scanned the QR code in the video from Bing Vision without an issue.
Well done Microsft and HTC. :)
not available in India :(
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