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Android App?
Last Post 23/10/2015 10:12:04 by ljelewis. 14 Replies.
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Sakura
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12/11/2011 21:14:32
    Hello!

    I just wondered if anyone had thought about developing some kind of Ethical Consumer Android App. It would be a great idea if you are out and about and see a product you want to buy, if you could search it on your phone and see how it rates ethically before you buy it. I'd be willing to pay for an app like that. If only I knew how, I'd make the app myself lol.

    If anyone reads this and thinks an app is a good idea, please post a smile!!

    heatheradmin
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    16/11/2011 17:01:16
    Hi Sakura,

    Thank you for your enthusiasm for an Ethical Consumer app.

    I will pass your comments onto the rest of the team.

    Please see the Investor Projects page on our website, which lists proposed projects we are working on - including an Ethical Consumer app.

    www.ethicalconsumer.org/AboutUs/MembersArea/investorprojects.aspx

    It would be nice to hear from subscribers and registered members if you have any ideas on how you would like an Ethical Consumer app to work?

    What information would you consider key to being able to make ethical decisions when shopping?

    Or would you like to just be able to see a table and the ethiscore?

    We have a lot of information that could be used so we are thinking of trying to make this a bit more simpler.

    Let us know your thoughts.

    Kind regards,

    Heather Webb
    NCatt
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    05/01/2012 12:23:23
    Hey, just got my first fancy android phone and would love to see an Ethical Consumer app. What would be great is to link barcodes to company profiles. Loads of barcode scanner apps available which could potentially link to information on your site.
    If this isn't possible, at least having the categories available to subscribers. I'd be interested in just seeing the brand name and total score.
    I'd also be happy to pay for the app although I think there should be a discount for subscribers.
    heatheradmin
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    05/01/2012 16:05:16
    Thanks NCatt for your opinion, it has been forwarded on to the team looking at the App.

    The Ethical Consumer App is not far away now, watch this space.

    Rob Harrison
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    20/01/2012 12:02:47
    Hi Android lovers,
    Just to let you know that our first foray into mobile publishing won't be an app but will be a mobile optimised version of the website..due in a couple of weeks now. We'll be emailing registered users once its working so that they can help us test it out.
    Won't have bar code scanning yet, just the usual buyers guides simplified for a smalll screen.
    heatheradmin
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    21/02/2012 15:39:55
    Hi all,

    Just to let you know our mobile version of our website is now available making it more convenient to check ethical ratings and information when you're out and about.

    The mobile site provides quick and easy access to scorecards and best buys for all our buyers guides, plus mobile-friendly sliders to customise ratings to best reflect your own ethics.

    Please have a go and let us know what you think of it.
    hdaleharris
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    04/05/2014 17:52:54

    This is a brilliant idea.
    The key would be to make it as easy to use as possible. I'd want to be able to get a quick score based on my previous priorities and compare it quickly with the other products.

    Ideally you'd be able to store and compare the last few ratings together so you wouldn't have to go back over them.

    I'd love it if you could get to a point where I could do a grocery shop and commit to not buying any products under a certain score: I'd say 5

    It could be a great way to have a campaign to raise awareness about consummer choices but factor in personal priorities (for me its this ability to allow for e.g no penalisation for nuclear power but strongly emphasis on climate change that makes this website better than its competitors)
    hdaleharris
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    04/05/2014 18:01:02
    The equivalent app already exists - in the united states.
    It would be great to have a British one which I could feel sure was backed up by reputable research.
    alobar
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    12/07/2014 17:51:51
    I agree that an app would greatly assist decision making. I would definitely buy an app which could deliver information exactly when and where I need it.
    Irish_Aaron
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    01/01/2015 15:36:51

    This would be an awesome idea, especially when it comes to buying books, I buy ALOT of books and its such a pain to have to trawl through the list of online ethical book sellers seeing if each one has a copy of a book.
    tombrind
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    09/03/2015 13:42:27
    Hello

    I find the mobile version of your guides very useful - thank you!

    I wonder if you could give us an update, since your post in 2012, on the development of an app? There is a very popular one in Australia - shopEthical! - that i'm sure you're aware of.

    It seems the barcode scanning is a popular feature. I think that such an app could be an opportunity to influence a much wider group of consumers with your brilliant research - a group who would expect an app format rather than just a mobile version of the site.

    Thanks again.

    Tom
    ljelewis
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    13/05/2015 11:11:26
    I just posted this exact question in another part of the forums.

    I'm a developer myself and would be able to help in the development of such an app. Is the mobile app project still active?

    Barcode scanning would be a very useful touch. Barcode lookups are available for web/mobile apps for free (e.g. http://upcdatabase.org/api), although they do require an active internet connection. Offline lookups would be possible using the entire barcode database (e.g. http://www.product-open-data.com/download/), which would need to be stored in the app and could be updated when the user is online.
    inlandscenic
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    20/05/2015 14:14:53
    I agree an app is a great idea.

    Not sure that I'd use actually barcode scanning - more likely to just type in brand name, then search alternatives if the product rates low.

    The clear colour-coded grading on the Shop Ethical app looks good.

    Something that might be useful is links to stockists (including online) of some of the smaller scale ethical companies.

    Good luck!
    heatheradmin
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    16/06/2015 22:22:42
    Hi everyone,

    Thank you all for your ideas and suggestions on here. We are continuing to research and decide the best way forward with an app.

    We agree that barcode scanning is a good way to go, probably with a search function too. The next iteration of our website will be as mobile-friendly as possible, and of course it is searchable already.

    To that end we have been working with a partner and have covered most of the technical issues including the scanner component, licensing the barcode data, and matching it up with our own database.

    We are currently looking at the best ways of funding the development of an app.

    We love hearing your suggestions so keep them coming and we promise to keep you updated on any developments.

    Thank you again.

    Best wishes,

    Heather
    ljelewis
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    23/10/2015 10:12:04
    Heather, that's really great to hear. However, in most supermarkets (or even just large shops for that matter) that I've been in, signal is not good enough to browse the web. For example, I have to look up the recipe I want outside the shop before going in and buying the ingredients.

    A mobile app could get around this problem, if it stored a copy of the products database that was available when offline.
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