GoogleoffersGoogle has launched an iPhone app for its deals service Google Offers. The service delivers Groupon-style deals as well as location-based coupon-style savings.

- Instant savings, just around the corner: Quickly discover offers near you in map view or search for deals by category to easily find the right deal for you.

- See & use the deals you want, when you want them: All of your purchased and saved offers are tracked in "My Offers,” for easy access from your iPhone or online.

- Savings made simple: Instantly redeem most offers with your iPhone, without having to print vouchers.

- Never miss a great deal: Get notifications when new deals are available or when a deal that you’ve purchased or saved is about to expire.

A year ago, Google announced a big push into near field communications (NFC) with its Google Wallet initiative. Google Offers doesn't use NFC, but one can see where the two could tie together eventually.

Google Offers is a free download for the iPhone [Direct Link], but is only available in select US cities:

Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Brooklyn, Charlotte, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Fort Worth, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, NYC, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Oakland / East Bay, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Orlando, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, St. Paul, St. Louis, Tampa and Washington D.C.

Top Rated Comments

dBeats Avatar
156 months ago
Groupon + Spyware! Shut up and take my identity!!
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pezj Avatar
156 months ago
Can't wait to not download this
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jlgolson Avatar
156 months ago
Why does Apple even approve their apps after everything Google has done? :|
Because that's an awesome way to get sued for antitrust violations.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rmwebs Avatar
156 months ago
You have to log in with your Google account, so everything is tied to your ID, which has your name, which has all your e-mails. And then once you open the app, you can subscribe to a city to receive deals for that city. It doesn't take Sherlock Holmes to discover everything about you from what Google stores in their databases.

And? So what? Apple store a crap load of details, as do almost every single other big internet based company. Do you really think there is some guy at Google HQ sitting watching your life.

It's very odd. Governments can listen to your phone calls and monitor your internet activity, but all hell breaks loose when Google records that you were shopping.

Seriously, what's the big deal...why give a damn about Google storing your details (which only you can access and can opt-out of personalised ads).

I take it you are aware that Apple also have a very similar tracking system for iAds...

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Didn't Google just get nabbed (http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424052970204880404577225380456599176-lMyQjAxMTAyMDEwNjExNDYyWj.html) for not obeying said "pretty strict limits"?

If you read the post you'll see that that wasn't an app, they (wrongly) exploited a security flaw in Safari on a web page. Very, very different from trying to get spyware into an app...
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pensoftware Avatar
156 months ago
When did Google spam?

If this was a Groupon app would this much hate be placed in the thread? I doubt it. It's actually hilarious that someone even thinks its spyware. There are pretty strict limits on what you can and cant do in an app. I'm pretty confident that Spyware isnt allowed :rolleyes:

There is a simply solution to all the Google hate.

It's known as 'opt-out'.

You have to log in with your Google account, so everything is tied to your ID, which has your name, which has all your e-mails. And then once you open the app, you can subscribe to a city to receive deals for that city. It doesn't take Sherlock Holmes to discover everything about you from what Google stores in their databases.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jontech Avatar
156 months ago
They find new ways to advertise thier product...YOU
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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