Apr 21 AT 11:50 PM Guest Blogger 13 Comments

UPS Mobile: What can Brown do for Android?

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I have a nasty online shopping habit. It’s so easy to hop online and have everything you’ve ever wanted right at your fingertips. Of course, shopping online usually means you have to wait a few days as your item goes through the shipping process. As of this writing, I currently have 3 packages at some point in the shipping process, all through the worldwide leader in all things shipping: UPS.

Sure, Android has some fairly decent shipment tracking applications. But now, UPS just changed the way we will look at the entire shipping process on our Android devices with the release of their UPS mobile app. Currently in version 1.0.1, the UPS mobile app offers not only the ability to track any UPS shipment on your mobile device, but also allows shippers the opportunity to get shipping cost quotes. In addition, the UPS app offers the ability to purchase shipping directly through the app itself, provided you are a registered member of UPS and have a registered credit card on file. I do not have a card on file, nor do I think I have shipped a package since about 2005, but the ability to conveniently order shipping from my mobile device is certainly a nice feature to have.

Though the UPS app still feels like a beta app, it certainly offers a wealth of features for the low-low price of $0.00.

Pros

  • Convenient all-in-one solution
  • Ability to actually purchase shipping from your mobile device
  • Free!
  • Quick and easy access to shipments.

Cons

  • Only able to track UPS shipments
  • Still has a very beta feel. The UI isn’t refined enough.

Final Verdict

Anyone who either uses UPS for their shipments or is an online-shopaholic like me (most sites use UPS) should download this app. It’s free and offers several convenient features without having to go through the browser.

Note: This review was submitted by Anthony Domanico as part of our app review contest.

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  • http://Website Dave K

    UPS only tracking UPS packages is hardly a “con”. Are you expecting them to track their competitor’s packages too? That would never happen.

    • Killa

      I was thinkin’ the same thing. Seeing as as how the name of the app is “UPS Mobile”, wouldn’t you think that it would only track UPS shipments?

  • http://Website Tom P.

    Does this app only exist for 2.0 or 2.1 users? I currently have Android 1.5 and cannot find it in the market.

    • http://Website Anthony

      This app was reviewed on 1.6. Maybe it’s not available on 1.5 devices? Try searching for UPS in the market.

      • http://Website Jaymoon

        Yeah, nothing on my HTC Hero. Too bad.

  • http://Website sgb

    Love the idea of having you trading at your figure tips, hope this comes to the UK and becomes the norm. Well done UPS.

    Agree with above it can’t be a con for UPS to only track UPS

  • http://Website Anthony

    I guess I’d just rather have it be an all-in-one tracking solution and then force you to use UPS on the shipping side. As it stands, I need to use two apps to track packages, which I shouldn’t need to do.

  • http://Website Erikk

    I found this awesome app called Package Tracking totally by accident the other day, and I am in LOVE with it.

    It allows you to track UPS, FedEx, USPS, DHL, and a few other companies that I’ve never heard of. You can save tracking numbers and label them for quick reference. It checks for updates at a user-specified interval and gives you status notifications for any changes at all, or just delivery. Totally free.

    Forgive me for not submitting a full review of this app, I think it is quite new, but it is really fantastic. I personally have nothing to do with this app at all, I just think it’s totally under the radar right now. Check it! Package Tracking.

  • http://www.hyperborea.org/journal/ Kelson

    I wish I’d known about this 2 days ago. I was trying to find a UPS drop box and their website was…less than usable on the tiny screen.

    • http://adomanico01.blogspot.com/ Anthony Domanico

      Yeah, too bad man. In the future, I believe this app will serve you well!

  • http://Website Ruby

    I used Mobile Package Tracker (in Android Market) which can track UPS, FedEx, USPS, Aramex, DHL (USA), DHL GlobalMail, TNT, OnTrac, Canada Post, Purolator, Estafeta, Swiss Post packages. It also supports package status change auto notification, edit/label packages, email tracking info, display package route map, customize carrier list etc.

    In addition, the dev also provides a site, so user can enter/copy the tracking numbers via the site. later, use can sync tracking list with the web site (you don’t have to type the tracking # using the tiny phone keyboard).

    I used the tool a couple of months and found out it is very solid and works great. It is the tool I used every day. Definitely, for me , I have many shipments each week, it is a good investment to use the tool.

  • http://Website Sailor Guy

    Anyone tired of typing in insanely long tracking numbers into a small touch screen android phone? See how this android app solves this problem so cleverly https://market.android.com/details?id=com.shiprack.client

  • http://www.uspapolo.com/ uspa polo

    I will right away grab your rss feed as I can’t to find your e-mail subscription hyperlink or e-newsletter service. Do you’ve any? Kindly let me realize so that I may subscribe. Thanks.

  1. Dave KGuest 5 years ago

    UPS only tracking UPS packages is hardly a “con”. Are you expecting them to track their competitor’s packages too? That would never happen.

    • I was thinkin’ the same thing. Seeing as as how the name of the app is “UPS Mobile”, wouldn’t you think that it would only track UPS shipments?

  2. Tom P.Guest 5 years ago

    Does this app only exist for 2.0 or 2.1 users? I currently have Android 1.5 and cannot find it in the market.

    • AnthonyGuest 5 years ago

      This app was reviewed on 1.6. Maybe it’s not available on 1.5 devices? Try searching for UPS in the market.

      • JaymoonGuest 5 years ago

        Yeah, nothing on my HTC Hero. Too bad.

  3. sgbGuest 5 years ago

    Love the idea of having you trading at your figure tips, hope this comes to the UK and becomes the norm. Well done UPS.

    Agree with above it can’t be a con for UPS to only track UPS

  4. AnthonyGuest 5 years ago

    I guess I’d just rather have it be an all-in-one tracking solution and then force you to use UPS on the shipping side. As it stands, I need to use two apps to track packages, which I shouldn’t need to do.

  5. ErikkGuest 5 years ago

    I found this awesome app called Package Tracking totally by accident the other day, and I am in LOVE with it.

    It allows you to track UPS, FedEx, USPS, DHL, and a few other companies that I’ve never heard of. You can save tracking numbers and label them for quick reference. It checks for updates at a user-specified interval and gives you status notifications for any changes at all, or just delivery. Totally free.

    Forgive me for not submitting a full review of this app, I think it is quite new, but it is really fantastic. I personally have nothing to do with this app at all, I just think it’s totally under the radar right now. Check it! Package Tracking.

  6. KelsonGuest 5 years ago

    I wish I’d known about this 2 days ago. I was trying to find a UPS drop box and their website was…less than usable on the tiny screen.

  7. RubyGuest 5 years ago

    I used Mobile Package Tracker (in Android Market) which can track UPS, FedEx, USPS, Aramex, DHL (USA), DHL GlobalMail, TNT, OnTrac, Canada Post, Purolator, Estafeta, Swiss Post packages. It also supports package status change auto notification, edit/label packages, email tracking info, display package route map, customize carrier list etc.

    In addition, the dev also provides a site, so user can enter/copy the tracking numbers via the site. later, use can sync tracking list with the web site (you don’t have to type the tracking # using the tiny phone keyboard).

    I used the tool a couple of months and found out it is very solid and works great. It is the tool I used every day. Definitely, for me , I have many shipments each week, it is a good investment to use the tool.

  8. Sailor GuyGuest 4 years ago

    Anyone tired of typing in insanely long tracking numbers into a small touch screen android phone? See how this android app solves this problem so cleverly https://market.android.com/details?id=com.shiprack.client

  9. uspa poloGuest 4 years ago

    I will right away grab your rss feed as I can’t to find your e-mail subscription hyperlink or e-newsletter service. Do you’ve any? Kindly let me realize so that I may subscribe. Thanks.