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While the leading shopping portals in India like Flipkart and Amazon still don’t have a localised Windows Phone app, another popular online marketplace – Tradus – has arrived on the Windows Phone Store.

Tradus (www.tradus.com) brings local markets online for shopping. You can choose from over 10 million products from thousands of sellers. You can buy from sellers nearest to your location, while also checking out daily deals and discounts.

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The weekend is approaching and you'd like to pick up a little something to treat yourself for the following week, right? A solid place to start when it comes to clothes is ASOS (www.asos.com), an online retailer specialising in the latest trends for both male and female products. We've now got an official client available for Windows Phone, enabling you to check out the new collections and quickly purchase that new dress.

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The developers of the Night Stand Clock have a new Windows Phone app in the Store designed to make your shopping trips a little easier. Just Shopping is a Windows Phone shopping list generator that lets you create, manage and delete your shopping lists with ease.  Be it a grocery list, a shopping list for the hardware store, a Christmas list for the wife or kids, or a shopping list for the weekend football party.

Just Shopping's interface is clean, simple, and lends itself rather nicely to one-handed operation. The app comes across as a nifty shopping app for our Windows Phones and is worth a gander.

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The Amazon Mobile app received a minor update today. Unlike the previous update in May, this bump offers little, other than unnamed bug fixes and performance updates. Amazon was one of the first big retailers to put out a Windows Phone app and it remains one of the best out there.

Amazon Mobile will not only let you surf the aisles of Amazon.com, place orders, check on your account, and more.  We've come to find that the Amazon Mobile app is also a great app to have handy while shopping to compare prices.  It even has a bar code scanner to make searching for products a little easier.  If you're looking for something that you can wait for the UPS man to deliver, it might save you a few bucks along the way.

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Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Shopping
Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Shopping Apps

Shopping. Everybody does it. Some enjoy it, some despise it but few will argue that making shopping easier is a bad thing.

In this week's Windows Phone Central app roundup, we're taking a look at a few shopping apps designed to make it easier to find the best prices and/or make your purchases on the go.  As with all our roundups, if we missed your favorite shopping app feel free to sound off in the comments.

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RedLaser is a price finder app for your Windows Phone that scans barcodes and QR Codes of merchandise then scours the internet for the best online and local prices. The Windows Phone 8 version was updated to version 3.0 and delivers a slightly new interface along with the ability to store your merchant loyalty cards.

The user interface offers a home page with tiles to initiate the bar code scan as well as tiles to view your recent searches, recommendations, popular searches, deals from various merchants, and top deals from merchants.

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When it rains, it pours. The past few weeks we’ve been experiencing a higher than average activity with apps and the Windows Phone Store. Whether new apps like Pandora or updates to old ones, it’s been busy lately. Add The Home Depot to that list of updated apps, it’s just been bumped up to version 3.0 and brings a variety of new features and a refreshed look.

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Staples has released a Windows 8 app to provide customers quick and easy access to their online stores. You can tap into your Staples Rewards account and cruise through all the virtual aisles to find all your small business and home office supplies.

You can pin commonly used features to your Windows 8 Start screen, including an ink & toner finder, a printer finder, and your “lists” section, where you can create and share distinctive lists of Staples products, like “my favorites” or “recent orders.” With the snap view on Windows 8, you can set up a list of favorite features from the Staples app on either the left or right-hand side of their screen.  Shopping carts created from the Windows 8 app can be viewed or modified from other Staples.com sources (mobile website, desktop website, smartphone app, etc.) when you sign into your account.

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The Yorkdale shopping mall in Toronto, Canada has released an app for Windows Phone. It's a must-have for all shoppers who are making their way to the stores to help get through parking (or taking advantage of the valet service), locating favourite shops and finding places to grab that much needed bite to eat between spending all hard-earned cash.

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If there is one company out there you can count on to make sure their products work across all platforms its Amazon.

Today sees the app get updated to the lofty heights of version 2.0 and that bump brings with it more region support as well as bug fixes and speed improvements. Read on past the break to find out more..

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Windows Phone App Roundup: Shopping Apps

In this week's Windows Phone Roundup, we focus on apps that could come in handy with your shopping needs.

From taking care of purchases from your Windows Phone to monitoring auctions to even buying/selling an automobile or just trying to find the best deal the Windows Phone Store has a healthy selection of shopping oriented apps.

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The Windows Phone Central Store is the #1 destination for all accessories and products for your smartphone. You may have noticed a number of articles are now frequently covering the deals and offers that are present on the store (be sure to keep an eye out for deals featured in the sidebar). We'll also start reviewing products listed more regularly to give our $0.02 on what's available from manufacturers.

A frequent request from our readers is for the store to be made available to a wider audience. It was both expensive and relatively difficult (if possible) to place an international order. Thankfully the team that runs our store (as well as the stores at our sister websites) has been working hard and now we're pleased to relay the news that it's easier than ever to place an order should you reside outside the US.

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The chaps at Microsoft dropped us an email this morning to let us know that an international update of Bing Venue Maps is rolling out.

The update brings us over 2700 venue maps across 30 countries which predominantly are shopping malls. While the update may not be a huge benefit to us daily it may well come in handy for planning visits to new shopping centers. Google rolled a similar service out not too long ago. It's nice to see Microsoft keeping on their toes.

All new Venue Maps are now available through www.bing.com/maps. Simply zoom in over your favorite mall to enter the experience. You can also browse all the available Venue Maps and countries at www.bing.com/maps/venues.

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Newegg.com--it's a geek's dream. It's also where we all go to build our own PC. Between their fast shipping, low prices, individual parts and even being tax-free here in New York (they're in Jersey, ahem), what's not to love about this place? Well, up until this morning you could have said they don't have a Windows Phone app. But now, my nerd friends, they do and it's great--smooth, slick and smartly laid out.

The app is Mango-ready out the gate, allows you to access your account and all your shopping right from your phone. But really, you want it for the ease of browsing their daily deals, right? Other notable features:

  • Comprehensive product specifications.
  • 1.7+ millions customer reviews.
  • Detailed item image gallery
  • Quick and simple shopping flow.
  • Simple and quick search function.
  • Search by category
  • Guided search
  • Advanced search
  • Sorting
  • Good for deal hunting: Shell Shockers, Daily Deals and Free Shipping.
  • All purchases made on Newegg Mobile are routed through Newegg's secure servers.

Sure, it has no Live Tile or pinnable subsections, so there's room for improvement. But as for the basics, we're giving it a thumbs up. Pick it up here for free in the Marketplace. Thanks, Ryan S., for the tip!

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Ocado releases Windows Phone app

We're slightly late to the party, but Ocado (an online UK supermarket) has indeed released an app for Windows Phone. The advert found below, containing some humorous elements, walks you through not only a lamppost but the app itself. It looks awesome. Blowing the iOS, Blackberry, and Android counterparts out the water in terms of uniqueness and of course Metro UI.

As well as the functionality to shop, add items to your basket and arrange a delivery through checking out, the Ocado On The Go app features the following:

  • An entire supermarket at your fingertips. Shop for everything from food and drink to housewares, books, toys and much more.
  • Shop for groceries on the move. Place a brand new order or just add an item you've forgotten to your next order.
  • Works in complete harmony with ocado.com. Seamless syncing means you can start an order on one and complete it on the other.
  • Get your next order started in no time. Use Your Instant Shop to create a typical order for you, based on your previous deliveries.
  • Shop even if you're offline. Our catalogue of over 22,000 products is stored on your phone, so you can keep shopping even if you lose signal. As soon as your Internet connection returns, your order will update automatically. 

Should you have any questions about the app, Ocado have set up an FAQ on their website. You can download Ocado from the Marketplace.

Thanks hwangeruk for the tip!

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BlackFriday - Mango App Spotlight

Planning on hitting the shopping mall on Black Friday? Need an easy way to track the bargains from your Windows Phone? If so, check out the Windows Phone app BlackFriday.

BlackFriday is powered by the website BlackFriday.info that pulls all the deals they can find under one roof and sends them to your Windows Phone. The main pages of the app list news items, store listings, categories of shopping and a keyword search page. Once you've found a store or category you are interested in, the app will pull all the sales listings.

Tap on an individual listing and you'll pull up any web listing for that sale item. You also have the ability to map local retailers from BlackFriday and share deals with friends. The app will use your Windows Phone's location services to pull in deals within your area.

In just tinkering with BlackFriday it comes across as a useful app for the shopaholic and a nice utility to find your way to the bargains. There is a free trial version available that will give you a feel for the app but is restricted on how many bargains it will list. The full version will run you $1.99 and you can download it here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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ShopSavvy was one of the first bar-code scanners to hit the Marketplace and it has quite the following, mostly because of its super "deal finder" capabilities. Sure, in Windows Phone Mango we actually have this feature built into Bing Vision, but ShopSavvy ain't half bad either.

Now with version 1.8, ShopSavvy finally goes to Mango, making it reach its full potential by giving it live-scanning ability. In addition, you can now pin new scans directly to your Start screen, which is a great way to (a) remember you wanted that item or (b) quickly check on internet and local prices to see if there are any changes.

The app's scanner is quite nice, using the flash when necessary and performing as good if not better than Bing Vision. We easily found the lowest prices for our items with little effort, although the local-mapping feature leaves a lot to be desired (despite being a good idea). Actually, one of the most useful features is the "Deals" area which highlights specials going for major chains like Target, Macy's, Best Buy and more.

Of course it's a free app and we're not too sure how it performs in other countries, but with the Mango update, it's well worth a spin. Pick it up here in the Marketplace.

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Shopping Assistant hits the Marketplace

Shopping Assistant is a new shopping list app for your Windows Phone that is being billed to make your shopping fun and pain free. Shopping Assistant supports three languages (English, French and Spanish) and stores your shopping lists and created items on the Windows Phone to avoid the need for a data connection.

Other features of Shopping Assistant include:

  • You can create clones or copies of existing shopping lists to cover recurrent needs instead of entering the same data all over again
  • You can share your shopping lists via email to inform other people of the progress made or to just spread the word
  • Specify your own currency symbol and formatting options independently from your phone’s settings
  • Fast search through all your shopping lists and items
  • Theme friendly user interface with subtle animations

Shopping Assistant's interface looks nice and clean. Unfortunately, the only downside to things is that there isn't a trial version available for Shopping Assistant. There is an online user guide that can be downloaded to give you more insight into the app.

Shopping Assistant will run you $1.49 and you can find it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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