Barcode Scanner (application)

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Barcode Scanner
Developer(s)Sean Owen, Daniel Switkin, ZXing Team
Initial release1 March 2008 (2008-03-01)
Stable release
4.7.8[1] / 11 September 2018; 4 years ago (2018-09-11)
Written inJava
Operating systemAndroid
LicenseApache License 2.0
WebsiteMain site
Google Play
Barcode Scanner scanning a QR code

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 (a built-in camera) to scan barcodes or 2D barcodes and retrieve the data encoded.[2] Information encoded often includes web addresses, geographical coordinates, and small pieces of text, in addition to commercial product codes. This Android-based system has similar functionality to a hardware barcode reader.

This application supports many different types of barcodes, 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 between vendors.

The application can decode several 2D barcodes including the widely used QR Code and Data Matrix. 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.

As of May 2016, this is one of the most downloaded Android applications as listed by Google Play, with over 600,000 ratings and over 126 million user installs.[3][4]

Detection performance of ZXing was assessed on close to 2 million synthetic images for three types of barcodes: QR Code, MaxiCode, and EAN-13 1D barcode. Problematic angles where decoding often fails were found, for example 45, 135, 225 and 315 degrees for QR Codes.[5]

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  1. ^ "Releases - zxing/zxing". 11 September 2018. Retrieved 30 September 2018 – via GitHub.
  2. ^ Francis, William (2014-02-19). "Generate scannable barcodes in Android apps by using ZXing". TechRepublic. Archived from the original on 2014-03-02. Retrieved 2021-01-28.
  3. ^ "BarcodeScanner". Google Play.
  4. ^ "Barcode Scanner App Ranking and Store Data". AppAnnie.
  5. ^ Scheuermann, C., Werner, M., Kessel, M., Linnhoff-Popien, C., & Verclas, S. A. W. (2012). Evaluation of Barcode Decoding Performance using ZXING Library. In Proceedings of the Second Workshop on Smart Mobile Applications (SmartApps’12)

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