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What Are QR Codes? A Quick Guide to Installing Apps from [Video]


We’ve been getting a lot of questions from our readers and users of asking how to download apps they find there. We use QR codes on every market entry to provide a direct link to the app in the Android market. For that that don’t know what QR codes are, it’s pretty much just a weird looking barcode that you can actually scan using one of several apps from the Android market.

The code – once scanned with your phone – will actually shoot back a link to the app in question which you can use to be taken straight to the Android market to download it. In the video, I use Google Goggles as it’s the quickest solution and because it actually comes pre-installed with Android 2.2. If you’ve ever gotten lost while looking at one of those QR codes (which you should see below for Goggles and Barcode Scanner), then watch this video and all shall be right in the universe.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Didn’t know Goggles did that too, but I’ve been using the links provided a lot lately. Thanks, and Shop Savvy works too.

  2. What happens if I’m browsing on my phone and come across a QR code? How do I follow the link?

  3. @Chris seems I’ve left that part out. Sorry. Simply clicking/touching the QR code from within the browser on Android will produce the same result.

  4. Nice video on showing ppl how to use QR Code. Interesting how ppl are just learning about this, when it was introduce in the mid 90’s.

  5. Barcode Scanner works great too. How do you MAKE QR codes, though?

  6. When on holiday in Amsterdam I saw plenty of QR codes plastered to the side walls of canal’s. Didn’t Chance to check out what they where for as roaming data charges are extortionate. Intressted to see them utilized in different ways tho. I just wcodeto find a poster QR code with directions to an underground rave, now that would be something ;)

  7. I will try google goggles. So far I’ve been using Barcode Scanner by ZXing and it works great.

  8. @Wildboy, Check out And I love the chicken, egg and irony sandwich of using a QR code to link to barcode scanner.

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