Groupon is one of many services that are popping up lately that offer big daily discounts on goods and services from local businesses. As an example of what these deals contain, my wife and I have about 3 coupons sitting on our table for $40 worth of food and drink at local Minneapolis restaurants that were purchased for $20 each. It’s a good way for local businesses to generate new customers (and potentially repeat business), and a good way for consumers to discover new places they might enjoy on the cheap.
Now, by and large these coupon applications have stayed away from standalone apps for Android (there are a few out there, of course). Groupon is hoping to buck this trend, however, as they announced yesterday the launch of their Android application, which will bring these deals right to your Android device.
Groupon for Android allows Android users to purchase the deal of the day, access your purchased Groupon so you can easily redeem it by showing your phone at the local business, and find all nearby businesses.
This is a 1.0 release that Groupon built for Android as a result of overwhelming requests from Android users. Because of the heavy demand, Groupon wanted to get out an application that worked well but didn’t have all of the features it wanted to include. But fear not, Groupon is already hard at work on the next version which will include forum access and a Groupon widget. Better yet, they want to hear your ideas to incorporate into future releases. Have an awesome idea? Head over to the Groublogpon blog and let them know about it.
Don’t have any good ideas? Groupon is now available for free on the Android market for all Android 1.6+ devices, so head over to the market and download it to start saving today.