Barcodes are small images tagged or pasted on products which contain certain information about the product. Barcodes are often used by retail stores, warehouses and even government industries in order to encode information about the product, vendor and the receiver of the product. It can also encode information regarding the source and destination of the mail or parcel. Virtually, you can store almost anything in barcodes. Scanners are special devices used to decode the information in the barcode. Now with the advent of smart phones, several companies have developed applications which use camera of your mobile device to capture the barcode image and then decode the information. In this article we have presented some of the famous and user friendly barcode scanning apps for android.
ShopSavvy barcode scanner is the best barcode scanner available freely at Google Play. This barcode scanner allows users to scan a barcode and decode the information regarding the product. It also automatically makes comparisons between several available products and tells you which the best deal is. The Google Play link for this application is here.
Barcode Scanner + is another extremely efficient barcode scanning app which scans barcode in both vertical and horizontal directions. You can decode virtually any barcode using this application and it also includes light on dark barcode option in order to correctly decode the information. This barcode app costs 3.00$ and can be accessed at the following link on Google play
RedLaser Barcode and QR Scanner
Redlaser Barcode and QR Scanner is another recommended scanning application for devices. This application is synchronized with Google, eBay, Shopping.com and Milo and fetches the product information from these vendors. Another brilliant aspect of this application is that apart from keyword search, this scanner allows you to search products via voice and image search and last but not the least; you can also share your search on Facebook, twitter and other social networks. Link of the app is here.
Google Goggles is a well-known image recognition application which has been around for quite some time now. This application recommends user to visit places, provides information about the paintings and monuments. A startling thing about this app is that this app can also be used as a barcode scanner and can decode QR codes. This application can be accessed at the link.
ScanLife Barcode and QR Reader
ScanLife Barcode and QR reader is a multipurpose, all in one barcode scanning application with a potential of scanning virtually any barcode. If you are going out for shopping, this is a must have application for your android device. Further details of this application can be found at the link.
AT & T Code Scanner
AT & T code scanner is another scanning application and can be handy when comparing prices and fetching details of the application. Further Details at the link
Quick Mark Barcode Scanner
Quick Mark barcode scanner is another multipurpose barcode scanning application for android which allows user to scan barcodes like, QR Codes, code128, Code39, Quick codes, Interleaved 2 of 5, Data Matrix and other 2-D codes. This application can be downloaded from the following link
You can probably be interested in webcam as barcode reader tutorial. This one shows how to read barcodes using web camera with Barcode Reader SDK.