Gluten-Free Android App’s Roundup!
5 Different Android App’s: 5 Different Experiences
As I was sitting tonight, Jason and I got to talking about the upcoming Gluten Free Expo and what companies I am looking forward to seeing the products of. This, of course, spawned into talking about gluten-free restaurants as well as the grocery shopping challenge in locating gluten-free products.
As I began looking I saw many summaries online for I-Phone applications, but not many critical lists/reviews of the available Android apps. It is with that thought in mind that I present you with my review and overview of some of the more “popular” Android apps for gluten-free location, as well as my choice for favorite. Be sure to comment at the bottom if you have a favorite!
- Gluten Free Food Finder: This is a bar code scanner application that is able to locate items via the scanned UPC number, then tell you if an item is gluten-free or not. This is a collaborative application meaning that the community (you!) add and, if needed, correct the information. I decided to put this to the test using my “control” mixes, and it found both items quickly, accurately and efficiently. I had no location problems and if I was in the store I would feel confident in the answer it provides. This app is staying on my phone – easy to use and accurate!
- The Gluten Free Scanner: The basic idea is that you download the application and utilizing your phone’s camera, it scans the bar codes. I, again, used my “control” mixes and was unable to find out accurately which if any of my items were gluten-free. This was mainly because the bar code scanner never took a clear scan of the UPC – its shoots first, focuses never. If I were in the store and needed an answer, this would be a infuriating app to use.
- Is It Gluten-Free?: This downloaded quickly, and opened easily – unfortunately to utilize the bar code scanning features you have to download a 3rd party bar code scanning software. I decided I did not want a 3rd party app on my phone. Upon further inspection they did have a second option for location of product which was a photo. I, yet again, took a photo of each my “control” boxes and the application was unable to tell me which was gluten-free and which one was not.
- Gluten-Free Marketplace: I had VERY high hopes for this app as it was created by the folks over at celiac.org. I have to say that if you are looking for a true marketplace feeling through an app, this is the app for you. It provides shopping resources as well as stories on gluten-free topics. I, on the other hand, wanted something a bit different. This application does have products lists of gluten-free items, and it gives shopping list capabilities. Not what I wanted, but a nice resource for Android users.
- Find Me Gluten Free: I saved the best for last! This was my hands down favorite which when I did a little digging I discovered why. The first thing is that this is the same company (Gluten-Free Media Group) that does the monthly box “Send Me Gluten Free” and also puts on the Gluten-Free & Allergy-Free Expos (known as the GF & AF Expo). They know the gluten-free markets and I felt confident in the responses. This app gives the user the ability to find locations that do and do not have a dedicated gluten-free menu. Also included are user votes and locations near you – I discovered a couple of restaurants near me that I was unaware of. This app covers a broad and sweeping portion of the United States and many major cities are included (you can see the included city list here).