Big in Japan to Release Native Version of ShopSavvy for Apple iPad

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[] San Francisco, California - Big in Japan, a Dallas-based idea factory for mobile applications, announced today that it will release a native version of ShopSavvy for the Apple iPad. The iPad version of ShopSavvy will retain all the features the application's millions of users have grown to love, while incorporating new functionality to enhance the shopping experience.

"The iPad enables ShopSavvy to really spread its wings as an application for users who want the power, ease of use and larger size of this touchscreen tablet," said Alexander Muse, co-founder of Big in Japan. "After downloading ShopSavvy for iPad, we anticipate that many cost-conscious consumers will carry the tablet with them as a constant shopping companion."

ShopSavvy for iPad will extend the application's price-comparison focus with new capabilities, including video product reviews, side-by-side comparisons of scanned products, in-depth product information and other features, the company said.

Big in Japan also said that it has added the iPad as a prize option (in addition to the Google Nexus One) in the recently announced ShopSavvy video testimonial contest.

Ranking as one of the most popular apps on Android phones since its launch in September 2008, ShopSavvy became available on the iPhone in November 2009. More than 1 million ShopSavvy users scanned more than 18 million products on Black Friday weekend alone, Nov. 27-29, 2009.

ShopSavvy enables users to comparison shop on the go for more than 20 million products at more than 20,000 retailers worldwide, simply by scanning the product's barcode using the phone's built-in camera. Using the barcode information, ShopSavvy searches the Web for the best prices on the product, displaying the lowest prices online as well as at nearby brick-and-mortar retailers. ShopSavvy looks up product reviews to further assist with purchase decisions.

Big in Japan Inc. is a Dallas-based idea factory for mobile applications, building software for Google's Android, Apple's iPhone, Windows Mobile and other platforms and devices. Big in Japan's ShopSavvy application - a personal shopping assistant - is one of the most popular applications on Android-powered mobile phones. Big in Japan was one of the original winners of the Google Android Challenge in September 2008 for its development of ShopSavvy. The application won a 2009 Netexplorateur of the Year award at the French Senate in Paris and was recently named Under the Radar's Best App of 2009. Big in Japan was a finalist for the international MobileMonday Mobile Peer Awards as well as the 2008 Crunchies. For more information, visit Big in Japan online. Copyright (C) 2010 Big in Japan Inc. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.