Google released a new free iPad app that sounded very interesting. It provides mobile versions of well-known retailers’ catalogs. These retailers include Anthropologie, Bare Escentuals, Bergdorf Goodman, Crate and Barrel, L.L. Bean, Lands’ End, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Pottery Barn, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sephora, Sundance, Tea Collection, Urban Outfitters and Williams-Sonoma,
Shop your favorite catalogs with Google Catalogs
Google Catalog promises to bring you a bunch of shopping, product discovery and sharing features.
Interact: Zoom in to see products up close, tap on tags to learn more about an item or, in some catalogs, view inspiring photo albums and videos.
Find products in nearby stores: When an item catches your eye, instantly find it in a store near you or tap “Buy on Website” to visit the merchant online.
Express your creativity: Create a collage of your favorite catalog pages and products. If you need inspiration, you can check out collages created by others.
Share with friends: Email a product or collage to all your shopping buddies.
Get instant access to new catalogs: Add catalogs to your Favorites and get notified each time a new issue arrives.
Discover new products and brands: Search for products within or across multiple catalogs to find exactly what you’re looking for.
There is just one little problem: The app doesn’t work. Or, at least, it does not work on my iPad 2. I see network error messages every time I select a catalog. This is despite the fact that other network dependent apps (email, browser, etc.) are not having any network problems. There are positive reviews of the app in the iTunes App Store. So, my issues with the app may be specific to my iPad or Google may be having internal network problems with the servers assigned to the app’s contents. So, you may want to download and try it for your self. You can find it at:
Google Catalogs for iPad (iTunes App Store)