A9 releases AR shopping for Amazon with Flow on iOS

A9 releases AR shopping for Amazon with Flow on iOS
This news is both interesting and deeply frustrating at the same time. A9, which is a subsidiary of Amazon, has released a new app which looks awesome. It's called Flow, and it's quite a bit like Google Shopper or Google Goggles, except for 3 main differences: 1) it's a bit more real-time than those, 2) it's hooked directly to Amazon, and 3) it's iOS only.

The first two points are what make the app interesting, because some of us don't need or want all of the other shopping results that may be pulled in from Google Shopper, and may want Amazon directly. It's also nice that it does very similar things, like scanning product packaging and barcodes to give you a real-time result of the product listing in the Amazon store.

It's the last point that rankles us a bit. Granted, Amazon's upcoming Kindle Fire tablet, which is based on Android, wouldn't be able to use the app anyway because of a lack of a camera. But, it's just strange that an app like this would be iOS only in general. There is no good reason why this app isn't cross-platform, it's likely just a matter of developer resources to devote to the task.

Flow is available for free in the iTunes App Store.

source: A9 via The Verge

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6 Comments

1. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

First. This app looks interesting.

3. PotDragon

Posts: 214; Member since: Jul 22, 2011

Yeah.... Android has no problem loading the desktop version of amazon.; no app needed. How is that 3gs doing Miz? Lets not pretend you have EVER purchased a phone. Is mommy getting you 4s for christmas?

5. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

I expected nothing less from someone with "Pot" in their username.

4. pandamaja

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I'm android and a little jealous about this.

6. cameraman95 unregistered

This app have potential to be a winner. But i tried it and have problem to recognize either objects or barcodes.

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