With all of the retail giants out there, I'm really surprised that Walmart is this late to the game in releasing its Android app. I guess the old saying "better late than never" applies here just as much as anywhere else, and any app that makes our lives easier is always a welcome addition in my book.

The Walmart app offers up all of the goodies that you need to shop-on-the-go, like deals, recent price drops, search, and store locator (including a filter to find stores with specific departments, like pharmacy). It goes a bit further than other apps of this type, though, serving up the local ad with a single tap, order tracking, and a front-end to the pharmacy. There's also a nifty Value of the Day feature that showcases a single deal everyday, similar to Woot (although much less entertaining).

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The one downfall that I found in this app during the 30 seconds that I used it this morning was the lack of built-in ordering. Instead of going through the ordering process directly within the app, it redirects you to the full (not even mobile) Walmart site, which almost takes the point away from using an app in my opinion.

I don't want to be too harsh, though, as this is the initial release of the app. Even though it's missing what I think is a key feature, it's still a very useful app with a very intuitive interface. You can grab it for free in the Android Market.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Adam

    Eh. Not a very interesting app. Its just a stripped down inventory compared to their normal site and I don't see why you would shop on walmart.com on a phone instead of just waiting to use the computer. Their deals of the day I've seen so far haven't been for anything worthwhile.

  • froyo

    .................................. why?

  • Greg

    I currently work for walmart, they are working on merging this app with a new program they have started on the main site where u can purchase items online and pick it up at the store that day, they set it aside for u and its all ready when u get there..... So this is jus the begining look for updates soon..

  • Alex

    I'm still waiting for someone to make a GPS enabled store map so I can walk into a store, punch in what I want, and it'll tell me where I need to walk. Now THAT would be cool.

  • Greg

    That will come along too, we are implementing a program called Aisle Location u will be able to find exactly what ur looking .. stores in the northeast US,i know for a fact will have it running by the end of the week