Barcode Scanner

This one's a classic, and with 10 to 50 million installs, it should be. Most of you have probably heard of it, but for those who haven't, it's called Barcode Scanner and you're going to want to get it.

Barcode Scanner is pretty straightforward. Open up the app, line up a barcode in between the rectangular viewfinder, and you're off to the races. If you're scanning traditional barcodes, Barcode Scanner will give you price comparisons on whatever product you're looking at as well as user reviews.

What really makes Barcode Scanner something you'll want to download is the fact it scans and reads QR codes. For those who don't know, QR codes are those black-and-white squares found at the end of all of our app reviews. They usually contain data like a text file, or in this case, a link to an app on the Market. Having Barcode Scanner at your disposal means you can just scan the code and get taken to the app in the Market, no searching necessary.

Barcode Scanner also has some cool sharing options. You can send information you scan to someone via a text message or you can share it on any number of networks you've downloaded on your phone. That includes email, bluetooth, or in my case, Google+. It's another simple and intuitive way to get the word out about something you scanned and makes it easy on others trying to access the same information.

Barcode Scanner is completely free to download and totally ad-free as well. It's a small app with no frills about it. You can scan barcodes (and QR codes) and that's about it.

If you've got an Android phone, you probably already have it, but in case you don't, download links and a few more screenshots are after the break.

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There are 22 comments

This is awesome like goggles, amazon, and shop savvy

I love the oxymoron of having a barcode to scan in order to download a barcode scanner.

JustEric says:

It's not an oxymoron, but yeah, I thought the same thing :)

icebike says:

Even dumber is the idea of sending a Barcode in a sms message.
Phone can take a picture of their own screens to interpret the image.

Completely unmentioned is the uption that lets you share a webpage via Barcode Scanner which displays the url in a qr code on your phone so your friend can just use Barcode Scanner to shoot your screen. It's faster than a text message when you want to send a url to some other device in the same room.

GandalfIAm says:

*ROFL* I can't help but agree!

TwinkieFGR says:

I still have this installed, because a couple apps require it, but I never actually launch it, I use Google Goggles for all my barcode-scanning needs.

blackbyrd says:

I like having this app, but often it takes forever to focus & capture.

@ the architect. Jumbo shrimp = oxymoron, this situation is more ironic.

'Jumbo shrimp' is debatable as an oxymoron since it is the same as 'large crustacean'.

Living dead is an oxymoron.

ssummer says:

Never tried it as I feel the permissions are excessive for a "simple barcode scanner". Read and write contact data, read browser's history and bookmarks? Really?

I'm not going to get into a debate about why the author needs those permissions. As well intentioned the reasons for these permissions may be, developers change.

zhecht says:

A vCard can be embedded into a QR code (a lot of business cards recently use this). Therefore, barcode scanner needs to be able to write contact data if you want to import someone's contact info from a QR code.

The barcode scanner app can also display a QR code on screen with your contact info or with a link from your bookmarks, if you want to share it with another phone, which is why it needs bookmark permissions.

See http://code.google.com/p/zxing/wiki/FrequentlyAskedQuestions

conchchowder says:

"Having Barcode Scanner at your disposal means you can just scan the code and get taken to the app in the Market, no searching necessary"

Whatever happened to simply clicking on a link? Whew!

EeZeEpEe says:

You're limiting yourself to being on a web browser. Barcodes for apps are on posters, magazines, ads, etc. that are not on a computer or smartphone screen.

jean15paul says:

I have 5 different barcode scanners (Barcode Scanner, ShopSavvy, ScanLife, RedLaser, and Google Shopper) on my phone. I've been meaning to get into all of them and figure out which is best, but I haven't made the time.

Anyone have any insight?

amojeba says:

I wouldn't mind seeing a Comparison done by AC. Comparing all the barcode scanners, the pros / cons of each.

I think a lot of people would appreciate that

That would be awesome!

MaryBeth#AC says:

I would definitely love this!

Skidmark911 says:

I know, I'm weird, but I rarely hold my phone in landscape. This app would be great if it would fix the screen when you hold the phone vertical. it still works perfectly fine vertically, but the buttons are sideways. - just a suggestion for a great app. Thanks.

bunta says:

once i started using Google goggles, i've never looked back.

grjaime18 says:

does someone knows how can i share everything i scan with my laptop ? to look the bar-code in the search bar of amazon using the laptop?

Sebastianbru says:

jakeoe says:

The Android barcode generator I am using now is this:
http://www.onbarcode.com/products/android_barcode/

daimage says:

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http://www.keepdynamic.com/office/barcode-in-word.shtml