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QR code app Scan hits 25M downloads, launches total overhaul

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Our good buddies over at Scan have just taken the wraps off the next version of the app, and the QR code scanner didn’t just get a little nip/tuck.

Calling the upgrade a “giant leap closer to our larger vision for what Scan is becoming,” founder Garrett Gee said in a statement on the news that the new version represents a ground-up overhaul for the startup’s flagship product.

In addition to a slick new UI, Scan 2.0 also supports more devices (iPhone 5, check; iPad mini, check; Android, no dice — yet), more one-click login options, and faster scanning for QR codes, UPCs (Universal Product Codes, or bar codes, as they’re more commonly known), EANs (International/European Article Numbers), and ISBNs for books.

“We had to totally redo the backend,” Gee told us via email, “in order to enable future in-app native actions that will directly tie with the business/web side of Scan.”

“We came at it from a design perspective and we were young, sort of native to the iPhone,” Gee said in a recent chat with VentureBeat. “Most people are interacting with QR codes using their phones, but a lot of time that took them to a mobile web site that was poorly designed.”

Also, the company has just announced a big milestone: 25 million users, up from 10 million just 9 months ago. After working with big-name clients such as NBA teams and Lady Gaga, the young team sealed an early-stage funding deal with Google Ventures and Menlo Ventures to the sweet, sweet tune of $1.7 million.

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