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Update on 2/18/11: birbeck, the developer of the app, has been issued a Cease & Desist order by Starbucks for intellectual property infringement. He's running a "Rename This App" contest, and the prize is a $25 Starbucks e-Gift Card. If you're interested, get a move on - the contest ends at Midnight on Wednesday, Feb. 23. He also asked us to highlight the app's privacy and security policy.

Yuppies of the world rejoice: there's a new(ish) way to pay for your overpriced cup of coffee, albeit an unofficial one. Although Starbucks has an official Card app for BlackBerry and iOS, they've yet to release anything for Android. Fortunately, developer birbeck has come to the rescue with the Starbucks Card Widget, which allows for a surprisingly fantastic experience (okay, okay - I have yet to try it myself, but just looking at it has given me the caffeine jitters).

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Check out the major features:

• Home screen widget shows your current balance, updated automatically
• Leave the card at home, Pay for your Starbucks purchases at supported locations using your Android phone and stored Starbucks Card
• Manage unlimited cards *
• View your recent transactions
• Reload your card directly from your phone
• Find Starbucks locations nearest you and get directions or turn-by-turn GPS voice navigation with Google Maps
• Works with registered and unregistered cards
• Free, absolutely no ads or nags

Not only can you manage your cards, but you can pay using your phone! Even better, there are more niceties in the folds:

Coming soon:
• Transfer balance between your cards
• In-app card reloads
• Low balance notifications
• Smaller widget option
• Language translations

Ready to blend (pun intended) your nerdery with your love of Starbucks? You know what to do.

Note: Astute readers will notice that this app was covered in our last weekly roundup, but as a Starbucks lover, I decided it deserved special attention.

QR code for https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.birbeck.starbuckscard

[Source: AppBrain]

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • Corey

    would rather see a timmies app rather than this over priced garbage

    • CoZ

      What the heck is a "Timmies"???

      • http://iandouglas.com Ian Douglas

        aka Tim Hortons, the coffee of choice for Canadians.

  • John

    Timmies is Tim Hortons a lot more popular than Starbucks and a lot cheaper but Tim Hortons seems to be behind the times coming up with an app for Android

  • phreqd

    This is a free app. There's no over-pricing here. And if you can't afford the luxury of Starbucks once in a while, there's no need to comment on this app. I find it very useful.

  • http://iandouglas.com Ian Douglas

    While this app was in beta, you could load it up with multiple cards, but apparently his v1.0 release restricts you to a single Starbucks card.

    If Starbucks' C&D was just about the name, then great, just change the app to GrandeNerd or something , just don't shut down the whole app.

    I have yet to test the barcode scanner at my favorite Starbucks yet, but I love having the widget just to show me my latest balance plus how many stars I have left before getting a free drink coupon in the mail.

    If he releases a paid/donation version of the app, I'll definitely grab a copy.

  • Phuong

    This app is terrific. It does what it's says and very simply. I never have to pull out my wallet, just hand them my phone and they scan the bar code in 2 seconds and done. Most of the employees ask what app that is when I pay with it. btw, Starbucks coffee is gross, but it's right next to the office so what can you say. Shout out to Vivace in Seattle, that's real coffee.

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