ShopSavvy iPhone Sighting!?!

Thank you all for your comments and emails about ShopSavvy.  The most common question (perhaps 75%) is, “will you have an iPhone version?”  All I can say is that I have seen something that would lead me to believe we might:

But I can tell you, even if ShopSavvy shows up on an iPhone – it won’t hold a candle to the G1 version.  Why?  First, the Apple SDK won’t allow direct interaction with the camera (limits application access to the picker).  Second, the camera on the Apple is of a ‘fixed focal length’ and as a result we have no way of turning it into a live scanner as we do on the G1.  So, if you are looking for the REAL ShopSavvy experience you better get a G1 from T-Mobile – because the iPhone doesn’t come close…


5 Responses

  1. Mike Krus says:

    couldn’t you just type the number that’s under most barcodes? is it there a 1 to 1 mapping between the number and the barcode?

  2. [...] The biggest change…ShopSavvy on the iPhone. If it has seen successful thus far, then it is bound to run things on the massive stage of the App Store. However, there was word on the Big In Japan blog back in October 2008, suggesting that the iPhone’s SDK might prove difficult to work with… [...]

  3. Sal says:

    Any idea on when/if this is going to happen? It’s been some time since you’ve submitted it.

  4. Udo says:

    Hi,
    I’ve tested ShopSavvy on the G1. It is the best App so far. The only compareble “WOW!” effect happened on Shazam.
    Please release it for the iphone anyway – maybe using Installer or Cydia if Apple does not honor it :-(
    Thanks!

  5. [...] Back in 2008, Big in Japan explained why there was so much trouble getting their app into the iPhone app store in the first place. Apparently, Apple is perfectly willing to allow such thoughtful apps as BabyShaker into their store, while something that might save its users money, is not making the grade. [...]

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