Sunday, December 13, 2009

QR codes to hit the U.S.?

This blogger saw this article, Window Shop with Favorite places on Google and Mobile Phone,which discussed that Google is now pushing QR codes in the U.S. A quick visit to the Google Lat Long blog found that Google has "launched a new effort to send window decals to over 100,000 local businesses in the U.S. that have been the most sought out and researched on and Google Maps." These are to be designated as "Favorite Places" and be provided with a Google Favorite Place decal which will incorporate a QR code (see decal above). People who use their mobile phones to read the QR codes can visit the business' Google Place Page, which will have information on the business and possibly offer coupons, etc. Check out some Google Favorite Places here.

In the April 21st blog entry 'BB and 2D barcodes' this blogger discussed QR codes and looked at a number of reader packages for the Blackberry: NeoReader, Microsoft's Tag, i-nigma, and ScanLife. The August 22nd blog entry 'Misc update (BB/2D barcodes)' looked at Mobiletag. Blackberrycool's article QR Barcode Readers for BlackBerry Reviewed looks at NeoReader, Beetag, Upcode, and Okotag, and recommends NeoReader... as did this blogger.

The two earlier blog entries had bemoaned that there were not many real-world examples of the use of QR codes in the U.S. Perhaps this QR barcode push by Google, allied with the proliferation of iPhone, Blackberry, and Android smartphones ,will start to make their use more pervasive...


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