Flipkart finally launches Android app

Flipkart finally launches Android app
Flipkart has launched an Android app that offers users the ability to browse and purchase from the online shopping website's product catalogue from their smartphones.

The app allows users to navigate through Flipkart's different product departments including fashion products, electronics and accessories, books and entertainment, beauty and personal care and toys and baby care.

The app also lets users search for products, categories or brands through text based keywords, barcodes and even voice, which was recently introduced on Flipkart's website and offered to select users.

It allows users to narrow their search through Sort and Filter features, allowing them to sort products on the basis of relevance, popularity, price (both high to low and low to high) and discounts, and filter through the type, brand, price, discount, availability and other variables.

Product listings on the Flipkart app allow users to see images of products and zoom to see a close-up, in addition to offering user reviews and ratings. The listings feature a slider menu on the left displaying other products in the category. Swiping to the left also takes the user to the next product in the same product category.

The app also displays recently browsed products and their details even when the mobile device is not connected to the Internet.

The Flipkart Android app lets users place orders and use different payment methods including cash on delivery, credit/ debit cards, EMIs and NetBanking. It also allows tracking status of items in the order and checking other account details.

The app also lets users share links to interesting products with friends through SMS, Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other services.

We found the app to be a little buggy as it crashed a couple of times on our Lenovo K900 phone, which was running Android 4.2.1. We were also not able to add products to the cart and the app returned an error each time we tried doing so, at the time of writing this post. These features were also not working on Flipkart's website at the same time, so it might be a temporary error that's spanning the ecosystem. However, the voice search worked accurately, easily recognising product and brand names.

The app can be downloaded from Google Play Store.

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