MOBILE APP REVIEW: Key Ring

9.15.2010 — 2 Comments

I’m enjoying discovering the joys of having an Android-running mobile phone. (The HTC EVO) I installed the application, “Key Ring” yesterday, and felt the need to pass on the resource!

Key Ring seeks to slim your wallet or purse by allowing you to scan in the many types of rewards-cards you have cluttering up your wallet or purse and save them digitally in your phone! On my HTC EVO, I was able to successfully take photographs of the few rewards cards I had in my wallet and the software instantly converts the photo into an actual barcode that I can then scan at the establishment.

I signed up for a Key Ring account so that I can also manage my cards on their website and it gives me the option to update store logos and information. For instance, my rewards card for Kings Family Restaurant was not included in the software’s list of recognized establishments. I was still able to scan my card and then on the website I was able to upload a logo and brief information about the restaurant. From my phone I was even able to automatically send the app-creators an e-mail asking to include the store in their software updates.

Since installing the app, I have taken out one reward card from my wallet and taken two off of my keychain!

Here’s a great review of the app in action:


  • Jason

    have you tried it at an actual store yet? I have not tried this app out, but my concern is that the store scanners won’t be able to read the barcode off the screen.

    Let me know if it works… would be cool if it did!

  • http://www.stevansheets.com Stevan

    Jason –
    I tried it for the first time last night at the grocery store. I was caught off-guard when it DIDN’T WORK at the self-scanning kiosk. Jess and my sister just laughed at me and then the grocery store clerk came to my rescue, took my phone and SHE scanned it at HER booth and it worked INSTANTLY with the hand-scanner!

    She kind of rolled her eyes and said that one of the workers there had the same app and that she had been there when he/she tried it and they knew to hand-scan the barcode!

    One of the tips IN the app says to NOT use at the self-checkout – guess I should’ve listened to those words of advice!