Editors' Note: The "Download Now" link directs you to the product page in the online Android Market. The application can directly be downloaded and installed on the registered Android device from your PC, or you can download it from the Android Market on your Android device.
Of the many bar code scanners available for Android, the simply named Barcode Scanner makes a good starting place, especially for new Android users. With it, you're at liberty to scan QR codes to download Android apps, add a contact to your phone, or jump to a Web link. The scanner also reads retail bar codes, triggering a Google search for whichever product comes up. Though Barcode Scanner isn't as precise as other shopping apps that follow up their scan with a database search on where to find the item, it does its duty as a simple, multipurpose scanning app.
Scan barcodes on CDs, books, and other products, then look up prices and reviews, or search for a word in a book and find where it occurs. You can also scan QR codes containing URLs, contact info, calendar events, and more.
What's new in this version:
Version 3.6 added support for the Motorola Xoom and other tablets, added the ability to type in text and encode it as a QR Code, added support for many more locales for web search and product search, provided a choice of creating a new contact or merging with an existing one, allowed third party apps to specify the size of the scanning rectangle, added Hebrew translation and improved others, and fixed a crash with WiFi codes.