November 28, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
A few months ago, Google raised eyebrows when it released a catalog shopping app that supported only the iPad. “Where’s the Android version?” a handful of people asked. Well, Google will finally right that egregious wrong and release the Google Catalogs app for Android tablets.
Available now for Android 3.1 or higher devices in the United States, Google Catalogs does away with the piles of paper catalogs piling up in your mailbox. The app takes many of the famous catalogs that you know – like Anthropologie, Crate & Barrel, Nordstrom, Sephora, etc. – and makes them easy to browse on a Honeycomb tablet. Users can swipe to turn pages, pinch-to-zoom, and tap on a specific area of the screen to get information about a product displayed. The following page will then provide more photos and a link to purchase the item online.
Google Catalogs supports search (well, it is a Google product after all) and can browse by brand or category. There’s a long list of retailers available for clothing, furniture, electronic, and other products. Users can browse or create collages that group interesting items together, bookmark specific pages in a Favorites section, or get notifications when a catalog they love releases a new issue.
We previously covered Catalogue by TheFind as a good alternative to Google’s app, but users can now get a direct comparison between the two. Considering that Christmas is just around the corner, we’re guessing dedicated shoppers will look for a way to modernize their browsing habits with one of the two apps.