shopping

Survey shows 87% of us shop via a tablet or smartphone

When shopping online, it seems most of us are doing so via our tablet or smartphone. New research shows that 87% of mobile device owners use theirs for shopping, up nearly 10% from the previous year. In addition to just browsing or getting product info, we’re also pretty vocal about our purchases.

Google Wallet loyalty rewards program expands

Google released an update for Wallet back in September that added support for a wide variety of additional devices. Of course, that same update also brought a shift of focus. Wallet went from being an app that allowed those with an NFC capable device to make in-store payments to being an app that is heavily focused on sending money to others and storing loyalty/reward cards for various retailers.

Google shopping results now showing up on mobile

When searching for products on the desktop, Google’s new format brings you “Shop on Google” in the results, where you can click on the item you want and find it at a retailer. Sometimes online, but also listed at local stores, Google’s shopping feature is designed to drive traffic to retailers, which in turn boosts ad revenue for the mothership. It’s a win-win.

Google Shopping Express open for business, Bay Area only

If you're living somewhere in the Bay Area, your life may have just gotten a tad more convenient now that Google has publicly launched its Google Shopping Express service. Offering online shopping with same-day deliveries, the service is practically Google's way of keeping Amazon and its similar offering away from its Mountain View territory.

Google now pushing search based shopping links to smartphone users

Google has announced that Product Listing Ads are now going to begin showing for smartphone users around the world. What this means in simpler terms, is that users will begin seeing a "Shop on Google" section at the top of certain search results. Basically, this announcement just continues the experience that many have already seen on the desktop and tablet search results.

Google Shopper App gets new UI, GoodGuide product ratings, and more

Google Shopper version 3.0 has just hit Google Play, and it brings some pretty awesome new stuff. The first, and most obvious change, is a revamped user interface. Instead of the tradition interface, it features a much more image-centric design with a slide-out menu that mirrors many of Google's other in-house applications. This new layout allows users to see larger images of the products in question, which make the app much more user-friendly.

Bing Deals arrives for Android (ahead of WP7)

Microsoft seems determined to frustrate its Windows Phone 7 users, by releasing a Bing Deals service that, so far, only works with Android and iOS. Available at m.bing.com, Microsoft promises Deals will offer 30-50% discounts from retailers and providers nearby. There's also categories and keyword searches to make filtering through the various deals more straightforward. Once you've found something you - or someone else you know - might be interested in, you can save it, redeem it at the vendor, or email it. Business listings in Bing search results will also now include any Deal information currently being offered, and there's a new icon for the service on the desktop version of the search engine too. Unfortunately it looks like this is all US-only at the moment; we've just fired up the page in the UK, and there's no sign of Deals. [via SlashGear]
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