Google Chrome Rolls Out its Own QR and Barcode Scanner
Barcode Scanners
03-02-2017 00:00:00
Google Chrome Rolls Out its Own QR and Barcode Scanner

World’s most popular Internet browser, Google Chrome is rolling out a brand new update which incorporates an in-built QR code and barcode scanner for iPhone. This app could be accessed through the Apple’s 3D Touch on the apps icon or by inputing “QR” through the spotlight search.


iPhone users can delete the app for QR code and barcode scanner they occasionally use. With an update rolling out today, Google’s Chrome mobile browser can do the job instead. The app now includes built-in scanning functionality, which you can access either via 3D Touch on the app’s icon, or you can do a search for “QR” in spotlight.


Though these shortcuts only refer to QR code scanning, Chrome can scan a traditional product barcode as well. Doing so will take you to a Google Search results page for the item in question, where you can check prices, read reviews, and more. 


The shortcuts mentioned could be applied for scanning a QR code, but the ability of Chrome’s scanner extends way ahead, and it may also scan those barcodes which are associated with specific products to provide you with a bevy of options associated with the product. Once you scan the product’s barcode through the scanner, you will be directed to a  Google Search results page for that particular product, where you read product reviews, check prices and other details.


Because of QR codes’ limited adoption, smartphone makers have been hesitant to fully integrate QR code scanning functionality into their operating systems, even though it would be a simple add-on from the Camera or a search utility. 


The iPhone’s QR code reader is tucked away inside the Wallet app, for example, where it’s used to scan coupons, boarding passes, tickets and the like. This presumes these are main ways that QR codes are used, but, in reality, that’s a limited subset of what QR codes can do.


With scanning bundled into Chrome, you have a more functional barcode scanner without needing a separate app. The update is out now on iPhone.

-K Ramanathan

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