An Android app for Google Shopping Express has landed in the Play Store, and while it's available for anyone to download, it still only works in the San Francisco Bay area. I know, that blows, but if you live in the region and take part in Google's trial same-day shopping program, this new app gives you a quicker means to make purchases when your computer isn't within reach. Google has also extended access out to San Jose, so if you're a newly eligible resident who hasn't already signed up for the service, now may be a good time to do so.

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Google first launched the trial program this past spring. Unlike Amazon Prime - to pick the largest competitor - Google doesn't store and distribute goods directly. Instead, they transport products out from cooperating stores such as Target, Walgreens, and Toys R Us. As long as things go according to plan, users only have to wait hours, not days, to get their hands on whatever it is that they want.


If you choose to download the app, all you have to do is fill up your cart, decide when you want things delivered, and make the purchase using Google Wallet. It's the same process you're already used to, just with faster results. Anyone who signs up now will get six months of free, unlimited same-day deliveries. It's great, but again, it's only for Bay area residents. As for the rest of us, well, just consider this a glimpse at what the future may look like.

Source: Google Shopping Express

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Grimmjow

    It is a Google Wednesday after all

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  • masterxchief

    They still don't deliver to my part of San Jose :(

  • Jdban

    So as a beta user of shopping express, its pretty lame. Stuff never arrives the same day, always the next day. And its always more expensive than if you actually went to the store. I still haven't found it useful.

    • Basegod

      I'm a beta user. I always get things same day (Potrero Hill, Soma, Mission)...sometimes within the hour. As for the prices, they seem comparable to other places

      • Jdban

        Maybe its because I'm not in SF. Things are always about 2x the price that I'd pay. Like if I'm getting toothpaste, I'd get it from safeway on sale but on Shopping Express it's about twice the price and there seem to be no sales

  • Philip Kahn

    Gah! Come on, go across the bridge and serve us East Bay folks!

  • GreatNews

    Well it looks pretty much just like eBay Now and its pretty much the same kind of idea!

  • Michael Villalobos Gomez

    Any word about how much the membership would cost after the 6 month free trial ends?