OzBargain Android Apps

neil on 15/10/2012 at 9:29 am, filed under Mobile, OzBargain, Website

OzBargain has gone from a blog to a user generated site and there is a growing trend for people to access the site via their mobile device. While 16% of our traffic comes from iOS devices, 7.5% of traffic comes from Android devices. This is more than double the amount from last year (3.4%). OzBargain maintains a mobile website that is compatible with mobile devices including Android browsers. Are there any advantages to using an app over the mobile website?

There are five free apps that you can access OzBargain deals. Note: All of these apps are unofficial. You can also access new deals through an RSS reader such as the Google Reader app.


OzBargain Free

  • Quick access to new deals, popular deals, freebies, and search.
  • Ability to search for bargains.
  • Ability to view and reply to comments.

  • Only the first 7 comments are shown (Unlimited in paid version).
  • You can’t browse categories or forums.
  • Can’t vote on deals and comments. (Available in paid version)
  • Can’t submit deals.

Last Updated: Aug. 11 2012 – Google Play


BargainDesk AU Lite

  • Can use a filter to show group buying deals, deals from other bargain sites and more.

  • Can only view new deals.
  • Can’t view comments, forum posts or categories.
  • Can’t vote, post comments, deals, or forum posts.
  • Can’t submit deals.

Last updated: Nov. 29 2011 – Google Play

 

 


Bargain Deal Alerts

  • Works with OzBargain and a number of other bargain websites from around the world.
  • Alerts you when there is a new deal.
  • Share deals to email, Facebook and more within the  app.

  • Can’t view comments, votes, forum posts, or categories.
  • Can’t vote, post comments, deals, or forum posts.
  • Can’t search.
  • Only shows new deals.

Last Updated: October 10, 2012 – Google Play


 Australian Bargains!

  • View new deals.
  • Share deals to Facebook, email etc.

  • Can’t search, view comments, votes, forum posts, or categories.
  • Can’t vote, post comments, deals, or forum posts.
  • Only shows new deals.

Last Updated: Nov 13 2011 – Google Play

 

 


Australian Travel

  • Displays new travel deals that are posted on OzBargain.
  • Displays other travel deals from sites such as Travelzoo.

  • Can’t search,view comments, votes, forum posts, or categories.
  • Can’t vote, post comments, deals, or forum posts.
  • Too dominated with Travelzoo deals.

Last updated: Sept. 20 2012 – Google Play

 


Conclusion:

While OzBargain Free comes close in terms of usability, the majority of these apps are no substitute for using the mobile site.  It’s quite simple to add a bookmark to your homescreen (see icon on bottom left) but I wonder how many Android users know how to do this.  There a few things that an app would excel in terms of OzBargain.

Geolocation – Imagine opening up an app that would tell you where the closest bargains are around you. Restaurant review sites such as Urbanspoon and Yelp are a good example of location based search. Currently, OzBargain does not record location information in deals.

Deal NotificationBargain Deal Alerts does notify you when there is a new deal. The paid version of OzBargain Free also notifies you based on deal criteria. Bundle notification with geolocation and your phone could act as an active bargain investigator.

Deal submission – Submitting a deal through a mobile phone can be a tedious task. Ideally an app would have a one click functionality similar to Share on Facebook or Send to Google Drive, that would upload the photo to OzBargain and make submitting a deal easy. You could go one step further and pull location information from the phone to select the merchant.

Do you use an Android app to access OzBargain? Let us know in the comments.

6 Comments

  1. safwan:

    totally agree that none of the apps are as good as the mobile site. i think my favorite aspect of an ozbargain app would be geo-location based notifications – new deals on all deals or followed categories.

    would be nice to have a system to share deals with my friends easily too because at the moment, i normally call them up to tell them about a good deal.

    im looking forward to your eventual android app, if you plan on releasing one :D

    22/10/2012 @ 11:11 am | Reply
  2. nickj:

    I would like a way to TURN OFF the mobile site. I’m forever clicking “request desktop site” in Android’s browser when looking at OzBargain, because I want to see the new deals, not just the top ones. Perhaps it could be a user preference to completely disable the mobile site?

    14/11/2012 @ 11:17 am | Reply
    • neil:

      I don’t understand why you would need to change to the desktop site to view new deals? There is a link to new deals in the menu on top of every page on the mobile site.

      If you still want to view the full site, there is a link at the bottom of the page marked full site. This will permanently set it to view only the full version of the site. To go back to mobile, you have to go to http://www.ozbargain.com.au/api/mobile/setfullsite?mobile=1

      14/11/2012 @ 1:47 pm | Reply
      • nickj:

        > I don’t understand why you would need to change to the
        > desktop site to view new deals? There is a link to new
        > deals in the menu on top of every page on the mobile site.

        Sure I can get to the list of new deals from the mobile site, but it’s 3 extra clicks:
        * Click the black box at the top of the page to expand the menu bar.
        * Click “Deals”
        * Click “New deals”.

        Besides, I still think this a weaker view than the standard desktop browser view, with its top deals, plus the first 10 or so new deals, plus the most recent discussion topics, plus the top discussion topics. That’s a very comprehensive view, and it baffles me a bit why anyone would want the mobile view, it’s massively restricted in comparison, but I guess probably if they have a very small screen or very old phone or expensive connection then it could be better.

        > If you still want to view the full site, there is a link at
        > the bottom of the page marked full site.

        Awesome! Click “Full site” …. and it sticks!! Woohoo! Neil, you rock!! I’m a happy camper now :-)

        26/11/2012 @ 1:02 pm | Reply
    • lostn:

      If you’re pressing “request desktop site” you only have to do it once and it will stay on desktop mode for all sites until you change it back. Are you changing it back after leaving OzB? If you are, I’m guessing you have a lower resolution / smaller size phone. I got a 720p 4.7″ screen, and the site looks perfect with Firefox. I don’t need to enlarge it to read the text in desktop mode.

      25/11/2012 @ 10:01 pm | Reply
      • nickj:

        > Are you changing it back after leaving OzB?

        No, I’m using an OzBargain bookmark that I have on my phone’s home screen. That opens a new tab in Jelly Bean’s stock browser, which in turn defaults to mobile view, so it opens the OzB mobile site. What fixed it was the “Full Site” link. It probably sets a cookie value, because it’s sticky.

        > I got a 720p 4.7? screen

        Same – you using the Galaxy Nexus too?

        > I don’t need to enlarge it to read the text in desktop mode.

        Site looks great in desktop mode, it was just the needing to toggle it that mode all the time that started to grate. But the “full site” link seems to fix that.

        Thank you both kindly for you help.

        26/11/2012 @ 1:36 pm | Reply

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