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 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.
recent rumors of a same-day delivery service coming from Google, we now have an official announcement. Google has announced the Shopping Express service, which is being touted as an option to "get the items your order online the same day." Perhaps even nicer sounding for some, Google is promising to do that "at a low cost."
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.
Play Store, today a few noteworthy apps all received updates. We figured a quick round up regarding all the updates from Google, as well as Adobe Reader was in order so you all know what to expect, and to see what's new. Google updated three apps today, although mostly just minor changes.
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.
Debenhams. The new app offers the shopper all sorts of features and tech to enrich the in-store shopping experience. Debenhams says that the Android app is the follow-up to its iPhone app with similar features released last year.
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]
Amazon UK app for Android has arrived in the Android Market, offering users in the UK the opportunity to search the retailer's catalog, compare prices and read reviews, and make purchases directly from their handsets. The app also supports barcode scanning, so that you can compare Amazon's price to what you'd pay in a bricks & mortar store. Prices are charged in GBP and the app supports 1-Click and Prime membership. You'll need an Android 1.6 or newer device; it's a free download from the Market. [via Twitter]