Aug 16 AT 2:05 PM Dustin Earley 21 Comments

Google releases interactive Catalogs for iPad; Android version coming soon

Despite the constant bickering, lawsuits and slandering going on behind the scenes between Apple and Google, the two still maintain a healthy relationship when it comes to sharing software and pleasing consumers. Google constantly develops apps and services for iOS, and Apple has been pretty good about supporting them. Such is the case with Google Catalogs.

Available only in the iOS App Store for the time being, Google Catalogs is an interactive way to enjoy content from catalogs on your tablet device. With support from Anthropologie, Crate and Barrel, L.L. Bean, Lands’ End, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Pottery Barn, Saks Fifth Avenue, Urban Outfitters and Williams-Sonoma just to name a few, Google aims to be the number one aggregator of catalog content. Features of Google Catalogs:

  • Interact: Zoom in to see products up close, tap on tags to learn more about an item or, in some catalogs, view inspiring photo albums and videos.
  • Find products in nearby stores: When an item catches your eye, instantly find it in a store near you or tap “Buy on Website” to visit the merchant online.
  • Express your creativity: Create a collage of your favorite catalog pages and products. If you need inspiration, you can check out collages created by others.
  • Share with friends: Email a product or collage to all your shopping buddies.
  • Get instant access to new catalogs: Add catalogs to your Favorites and get notified each time a new issue arrives.
  • Discover new products and brands: Search for products within or across multiple catalogs to find exactly what you’re looking for.

If you have an iPad feel free to download now and give it a shot. Kinnari Jhaveri, Strategic Partner Development Manager, Google Commerce Team, promises the Android version will be available soon.

Source: Google

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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    I read about this earlier and frankly i was angered about it.. How the heck does this make it to ios before it makes it to android. Its like google voice, my girl has it on her ipad but i have to head to xda to get a half funtional apk for the xoom. This is just my opinion. Nothing google should make ios befor it makes android

    • republican disgrace

      you have a lot of time on your hands….

      • BiGMERF

        unfortunately I do. Thanks for noticing :) and for the awesome contribution you just made.. Who has the extra time? You just made a totally useless post and took the time to do it.. Congrats

      • Interpol91

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    • John Barker

      You develop for the market.

    • GRAW

      It’s mainly because, well, first, iOS is unfortuantly easier to build an app for. Ususally devs start on iOS, see how the app goes and then moves to Android where more coding is required to make the app work on all Android devices (just look at Skype, Nextflix, etc.). Plus, I don’t think Apple alows “betas” on iOS so it takes more time to get it perfected and releaseable. You wouldn’t finish an app and wait to release it because the Android version wasn’t done would you? Don’t take it personally either, just look at how outdated some Google apps are on iOS compared to Android.

    • Marcus

      I agree with you… but, and it hurts me to say this, iOS is easier to develop for :/ Android is catching up, but keep in mind Android is also a lot younger than Apple.

  • Cyrill

    Wow, thats good for me. Im an iPad 2 user!

  • Interpol91

    Google has Android yet they develop something for iOS first before it lands on our platform?! Total BS. I wonder what it will take to break apart this cozy relationship with Apple.

    • BiGMERF

      I dont mind that they develop for IOS. What gets at me is when they have apps for IOS that they do not have for there own platform.

  • mmalakai10

    I don’t like it when google makes a app and release it on iOS devices before its own platform. I know the user base is on iOS as well but u should never make for ur competitor who tried to sue u. Google need to focus on making there own apps for android and make something that iOS users can’t have. Something exclusive either in the app or a app that iOS can’t have. Android has alot of supporters and things like this upset the user base especially when a google apps are release on iOS before it own devices is the laughing stock of all devices that is using android. Come on google wise up in this field plz ur embarrassing ur own user base and devices.

  • Clarence

    I think it speaks volumes that they’ve scripted the iOS version before any Android version.

  • Paul Atreides

    Un-EFFIN believable! Not cool Google at all. They should of released it to Android first or cross platforms all at once.

  • Kevin

    I’m sure Google is wise. They started up with iOS because Apple own more than 50% Tablet shares right now, therefore have a much bigger test-group driving Google Catalogs. Just because Android has become a popular meme, Google will not refrain boosting any of their products in any way. Android is just another product of theirs. It’s why i like Google in the first place, smart and ubiquitous.

  • frankwhite44

    wow google, wow. how can u do this to the android faithful? there are no words to describe the pain.

    • Kiljoy616

      Because your a bunch of sheep that why and Google is after all a real company that makes money. iOS users are not Google Sheep so Google wants their business much more than Google Sheep.

      On the other hand Google has better map integration and yet us Apple Sheep are still waiting for something that actually works.

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