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Hey guys,

Now that the Android Market is out on the web it would be great to be able to generate a QR code right here in text box. This would allow us to stop using other websites like AppBrain for our app linking.

Does anyone know if the WMD editor used here can be modified to add a tool?

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I don't think that's necessary. For one thing it's not a change that would be all that universal. What use would, say, English.SE have for QR codes?

Besides, the new web market puts QR codes right on the page. It's only a couple of clicks to get the URL for the image and add it to a message.

cropped image from the Android Market website

  • Is it just me but I can't see the QR codes on the app detail pages? – mlevit Feb 3 '11 at 13:13
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    I see them in the right panel right under the price. – ale Feb 3 '11 at 13:56
  • (added a screen shot) – ale Feb 3 '11 at 14:09
  • There are various SE sites that have their own tweaks, it doesn't need to be universal. And I can definitely see the odd case where a "Learn English on the Go" app or something is linked from English.SE. – Matthew Read Feb 3 '11 at 20:34
  • I don't see the QR code. Must be limited to US only or something. – mlevit Feb 3 '11 at 22:54
  • Ok I finally see the QR code... weird. No need for the QR code implementation then :) – mlevit Feb 4 '11 at 0:59
  • Plus when you go to the page there's a link to install the app on your phone so you don't even have to take your phone out of your pocket. To be honest, I think QR codes are kinda cool but I never use them. – Matt Feb 4 '11 at 4:02
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We can now at least use direct links to Market apps that use a normal URL scheme and will work as links on both the phone and your PC.

No need to use a market://.... link, we can use http://market.android.com/....

Eg this link should take you to the app's Market page on a normal web browser, and if clicked from an Android browser should take you into the app's page in the Market app:

http://market.android.com/details?id=com.rovio.angrybirds

What's more the Android market web pages even have a QR code on them. Anyone know if there'd be a problem embedding the QRs from the Market server in here, they use the normal Ggoogle Charts API to create the QR, like this:

http://chart.apis.google.com/chart?chs=100x100&chld=|0&cht=qr&chl=http%3A%2F%2Fmarket.android.com%2Fdetails%3Fid%3Dcom.rovio.angrybirds

Which in an image link gives us:

enter image description here

Which should all be a lot more useful (and less confusing to the casual visitor) than sending someone to Appbrain, or the like.

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    I wouldn't expect using the Market QR codes would be a problem at all. Better to go to the source when possible. – ale Feb 3 '11 at 18:57

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