Google’s conglomerated retail shopping app, Catalogs, has recently made the jump from iOS tablets to Android tablets. Currently, major stores like Urban Outfitters, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Eddie Bauer, and lots of others have their lineup searchable, saveable, and purchasable from the app. You view product videos when available, and even assemble collages of still images to see which products would go well together.
The timing for this app is great, since most folks are still riding the shopping rush from Black Friday, and will be looking for ways to avoid malls leading up to the holiday rush. Strategically, it makes a ton of sense, since at very least Google gets a ton of data on your shopping habits which it can use to tailor ads to you further, and who knows, maybe Google even gets a cut of each sale through the Catalogs app. It would be really nice to see some Goggles support, so you could buy something just by taking a picture of it, but I’m sure stuff like that is in the cards for the long-term.
If you want to check out the app for yourself, Catalogs is available for free in the Android Market, or you can get a glimpse in this handy video tour.