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Developer(s)Rylan Barnes, Jason Hudgins and Alexander Muse, Big in Japan Inc.
Initial release2008 (2008)
Stable release
5.0.3 on Android[1]
5.0.0 on iOS[2] on Windows Phone[3] / 31 January 2012; 7 years ago (2012-01-31)
Written inC
Operating systemAndroid, iOS, Windows Phone, Symbian
Size5.3 MB on Android

12.2 MB on iOS
1 MB on Windows Phone

0.75 MB on Nokia Symbian
Available inEnglish

ShopSavvy is a mobile application for shopping that scans products and finds online and local stores providing those products. Additionally, ShopSavvy compares the prices, displays user reviews, and searches for deals and discounts on scanned items. The app was developed by Rylan Barnes, Jason Hudgins and Alexander Muse, who won the “Google’s Android Developer Challenge" and subsequently founded ShopSavvy, Inc.[1][2][4]

By 2012, the app had approximately 20 million downloads and over 10 million users since its launch. Today ShopSavvy is the world's most popular shopping application with more than 100M downloads of the technology,[1][2][5] with over 50 million product scans a month.[6]

ShopSavvy is a cross-platform application. It is currently available for Android, iOS, Symbian, and Windows Phone devices.[1][2] [6]


After Rylan Barnes, Jason Hudgins and Alexander Muse partnered up, the app won Google’s Android Developer Challenge in 2008, under the name GoCart.[7] They later renamed the app ShopSavvy to better reflect its purpose and to meet Google's Android and T-mobile guidelines.[8] Barnes, Hudgins and Muse founded the company ShopSavvy, Inc., headquartered in Dallas, Texas, to develop the service.[9]

The company then developed a QR code reader and scanner to be used as a feature in other apps.[7]


Facebook cofounder Eduardo Saverin led a $5M funding for the company. [10] Another investor is Brad Martin, former CEO of Saks.[citation needed]


Scanning Products
Allows user to scan items at home or in store to find similar products in nearby stores or online and compare prices. This can also be done with a name search. The application has partnerships with over 40,000 retailers, including Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, Nordstrom, Sears, Target, and Walmart.[5]
Products Review
Shows consumers' reviews of selected products and allows users to submit their own reviews.
Local Listings
Allows users to scan products they own and sell them to other users.
ShopSavvy Wallet
Allows users to purchase products using their mobile phones.
Allows users to search and browse deals online and in local stores. The deals tab is now incorporated with the Groupon app and website, and shows the latest Groupon deals.[11]

Public reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
App Store4.5/5 stars[2]
Android Market4.2/5 stars[1]
Windows Marketplace3.5/5 stars[3]
Nokia Store2/5 stars[12]

Gizmodo: "This is one of the best barcode apps for Android." The app also was at the top of the website's lists in:

  • Gizmodo's Best Barcode Scanner Apps
  • Gizmodo's Best Android Shopping Apps [source]

Soon after its release in the Android Market it ranked in the top ten hits in the market. Three months after its release on the iPhone, it ranked as the 154th most popular iPhone app of all time, out of more than 200,000 apps.[1][2][7]

Consumers have recently complained about the latest updates flaws, claiming that basic features stopped working. Yet the app maintains a 4.5 stars out of 5 in the App Store and a 4.2 out of 5.0 score on the Android Market.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g ShopSavvy Barcode Scanner - Apps on Android Market,
  2. ^ a b c d e f g App Store - ShopSavvy (Barcode Scanner and QR Code Reader)
  3. ^ a b "ShopSavvy". Windows Market Place. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
  4. ^ Webster, Scott (2011-02-28). "ShopSavvy Spotted on 142 Android Devices, 239 Firmware Versions, and Few BlackBerry Models". AndroidGuys. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
  5. ^ a b Edell, Heather. "ShopSavvy Secures $7 Million Round Led by Facebook Co-Founder Eduardo Saverin". InternetRetailer: Mobile Commerce. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
  6. ^ a b Rao, Leena. "Facebook Co-Founder Eduardo Saverin Leads $7M Round In Scanning And Product Search App ShopSavvy". Tech Crunch.
  7. ^ a b c Muse, Alexander. "ShopSavvy". StartupMuse Blog. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
  8. ^ "ShopSavvy Blog". Retrieved 14 February 2012.
  9. ^ "ShopSavvy". CrunchBase. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
  10. ^ Kroll, Luisa. "Facebook Co-founder Eduardo Saverin Invests in ShopSavvy". Forbes.
  11. ^ Tsotsis, Alexia. "ShopSavvy Integrates Groupon To Bring You More Relevant Mobile Local Deals". Tech Chrunch. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
  12. ^ "Nokia Store: ShopSavvy". Nokia Store. Retrieved 14 February 2012.