Barcode Scanner (application)
|Developer(s)||Sean Owen, Daniel Switkin, ZXing Team|
|Initial release||1 March 2008|
3.3.0 / 16 September 2016
|License||Apache License 2.0|
The application Barcode Scanner is an Android app, from the open-source project ZXing (short for Zebra Crossing), that allows an Android device with imaging hardware (camera) to scan barcodes or 2-D "graphical barcodes" and retrieve the data encoded. Information encoded often includes web addresses, geographical coordinates, and small pieces of text, in addition to commercial product codes. The Android-based system is given similar functionality to a hardware barcode reader.
This application supports many different types of barcode, including those used to identify products in commerce. The Barcode Scanner can automatically search the Web to identify a product with a barcode and use, for example, price-comparison information.
The application can decode several 2-D codes including the widely-used QR and Data Matrix codes. QR codes are often embedded in websites; Barcode Scanner can open a browser at the encoded site, for example, facilitating the download of an application.