Shopify has just launched a Point of Sale App for Android, called Shopify POS, which can now be downloaded via Google Play. The new Shopify POS Andriod app works with both phones and tablets. It has been available in iTunes for the iPhone and iPad for some time.
We have summarised the features of the new app below, but Shopify has some detailed tutorials on how to setup and configure the app to take payments, which you can find here.
Shopify POS App Features
The new app has many great features, and fully syncs to your online Shopify store:
- Synchronize orders with your online store
- Browse products by collection
- Search for a specific product
- Create new products, and add a photo right from your camera or gallery
- Add a customer to an order to keep track of their purchases
- Add notes to an order
- Send Email receipts to your customers
- Select your location to apply appropriate taxes
- Accept manual or swiped credit cards (US and Canada only)
- Accept cash payments in person
- Order a free card reader for use with Shopify POS (US and Canada only)
You can see some screenshots of the new app below:
The app makes it very easy to browse your products and add them to the shopping basket.
View Shopping Basket
Once you have added all the products, you can easily view the Shopping Basket and total price. You can then read this back to the customer before arranging payment.
Select Payment Type
You can choose between credit card or cash payments.
Credit Card Payment
The interface makes it very easy to accept credit cards. Just swipe the card when notified, and all the information will be populated.
Because no receipts can be physically printed, it is instead sent to the customer by email. This gives you the opportunity to capture all the customer details, including email address.
Shopify POS Credit Card Reader
The new app comes with a free Credit Card Reader in the US and Canada, to enable you to accept instantly Visa, MasterCard and American Express cards. Ordering the new reader can be done from within the app after installation. The fees for using Shopify POS, as you can see below:
Initial Feedback by Users
The initial feedback by users has been mixed. At the date of this article, a total of 29 reviews has been left, with 18 positive, and 11 not so much. The primary complaint seems to be that the app is missing half the features of the ios app. Also, feedback implies that the app is only for phones, not tablets (even though the announcement post implies otherwise). We highly recommend checking out some of the comments if you are considering using the app, and maybe even choosing the ios version instead.
Despite some negative feedback, Shopify is actively monitoring the comments and responding where necessary. It does seem that this app needs a little work, and we have no doubt they will be working on improvements based on feedback.
Images: via Shopify