The Zappos Daydream

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day·dream

/ˈdāˌdrēm/

noun . a series of pleasant thoughts that distract one's attention from the present.

Settings > Display > Daydream > Zappos > “Start Now”

Daydream was released to the world as part of Android version 4.2 – a minor update to Jelly Bean that also included lock screen widgets, multiple users, nested fragments, and RTL layout support (for all you non English speakers out there!). Basically a screen saver, Daydream runs on your phone or tablet when you’re not using it. There are a few options worth knowing about once you’ve decided that you’d like to Daydream…

First off, you’ll need to pick a Daydream to use. To do so, open up your Settings app and look for an option called “Display” – or similar. Under there, you’ll find a Daydream option that lists all of the apps you’ve got installed which support Daydream. You can select each and hit “Start Now” at the bottom of the screen to see what they do. Once you’re done, pick Zappos – but I’m sure you were going to do that anyway ;) 

Another option that’s worth pointing out is “When to Daydream”. This is pretty obvious, but without going into this menu and picking “Either” you’ll only see a Daydream when your device is docked. If you’re like me and don’t own a dock… you’ll never see anything! So, make it easy on yourself and choose “Either” from this menu. That way you’ll see your Daydream whenever you’re docked or charging.

Some Daydreams also allow you to configure their settings – these will have a settings icon near their names where you can configure various attributes. Zappos allows you to pick the gender of product you’d like to see. Want to daydream about women’s shoes? Now you can!

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When we first set out to include a Daydream in our app, we were not quite sure of where to begin. We wanted to produce a screen which was useful, but which also highlighted our products, which are sometimes not the easiest requirements to satisfy. During our brainstorming session one thing that kept coming up was weather – and so we ran with it. 

While the Zappos Daydream is running on your phone we’ll be going out to the National Weather Service and loading in the current conditions for your area. From that, we’ll apply some super secret matching and find products that we think would match your weather. So for example, right now when it’s a hundred below zero you might be seeing snow boots or sweaters. When it’s mid July, you’ll instead see sunglasses or sandals (unless it’s a hundred below in July – in which case you’ll still get snow boots!).

Our android engineers worked up some fancy animations to swap between products, giving you a nice hands-off view of our product catalog. Like something you see? Just tap the image and you’ll be taken into our app where you can find out more details about the product.

We’d love your  feedback if you’d like to see more features in the Zappos Daydream. Till then, pleasant dreams!

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Zappos iOS 2.9 0 App Release

Today, Zappos is happy to release the latest update to its Zappos app for iOS (iPhone®, iPad® and iPod®): Version 2.9.0, which offers some exciting improvements to the Zappos shopping experience on a phone or tablet. 

Customer Account Improvements

We’ve continued to renovate our user account information and the latest update increases a user’s control of his or her account. 

In addition to being able to modify saved billing information and saved shipping address information, users can also modify their account password. We’ve also added the ability to set a primary billing information and shipping address for faster checkout!

Once a primary billing and address are set and verified, Zappos shoppers can use “EXPRESS” checkout to skip the selection process and go directly to the “Submit My Order” screen. If the purchase is a gift, users will see another added bonus: we’ve added personalized gift messages as an option in the checkout process. 

We’ve always considered the detailed order history within Zappos mobile apps a key differentiator. The “My Account” section features each shopper’s entire Zappos purchase history, accurate order status information, visual live order tracking and access to our easy return process.

We put a cherry on top with 2.9.0 by adding product images to order numbers on the order history page so it’s easy to tell which order is which. Tap the product image to see the other items in the order.

iPad Order Summary Screen

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iPhone Order Summary Screen

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We’ve also made the checkout experience more intuitive by detecting out-of-stock items in the shopping cart before the checkout process begins. If the item requested is out of stock, shoppers can move that item to their favorites and we’ll notify them with a push notification when it’s back in stock.

Browsing and Searching for Products

One of the best parts of the Zappos app is the fun and ease of finding the products you’re looking for. We’ve already got streamlined category navigation, powerful search as well as easy access to recent and saved searches right from the search entry field.

With this update, we’ve taken our powerful sort and filter options a step further: users can now exclude brands, specific styles, colors (and more!) they don’t want to see results for. For example, if you want to see every new blouse but hate the colors red and orange, you can just filter red and orange items out. So much easier than selecting every single color other than red or orange, right?

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iPhone Negative Filtering

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Cats, Dogs, Robots and Zappos Flair

Zappos isn’t just known for its unmatched customer service, wide catalogue selection, detailed product information and high definition images and videos. It’s also the market leader in quirkiness! This undervalued metric is something Zappos prides itself on and we’ve taken our “quirks” a step further with the ability for the user to choose their own “flair”!

An early Zappos feature, putting an item in a cart triggered a cat animation on the screen. Now, users can choose between cats, dogs and robots or a combination of them to add their own flair!  For added fun, try shaking your iPad while on the Zappos App home screen, and see what happens next!

iPad App Flair Settings

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Download the latest version of the Zappos app from the Apple® app store today!

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The Zappos App For Android: Making New and Amazing Strides

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Even Easier Shopping and Shipping

In a world where you have too many credit cards or your spouse shares your tablet, the new version of the Zappos app helps you keep things straight by allowing you to color code and nickname your credit/debit cards (i.e. His Visa, Her Visa) so you can quickly identify the card you want to use for your purchase. 

Redesigned My Account Page

Account page redesign includes product thumbnails for each order and a simple selection process for shipping and payment methods.

Redesigned Saved Payment Screen

Create an easier shopping experience by storing your payment types, organized with easy-to-view icons.

 

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Saved Payment Custom Color Theming

Do you use more than one payment type for shopping? Customize the color of each of your payment types!

 

Upon purchase, our new UPS package tracking widget (below) shows you how many days, hours or minutes until your package should be delivered. You can track as many orders as you would like, and as an added bonus you can track any UPS packages, not just those from Zappos.

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Intuitive User Interface

Our Android app now looks and works well on all Android-powered platforms due to the responsive design we incorporated. The new product pages are buttery smooth and our tablet app features fancy animations as well. We went out of our way to make sure that UI controls are positioned just where you'd expect them - right under your fingers - no matter what device you're using the app on. We’ve also made it easier to expand our high-res photos to full-screen: just tap on the photo with two fingers or hit the Expand-O-Matic button in the action bar and voilá.

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By working with some new features in the Android operating system, we're able to store your account on your device instead of requiring a PIN entry, and we can log you in automagically. Of course, you can always log out if you'd prefer not have your account stored.

 

Fast and Easy Checkout

Our entire checkout flow has been re-envisioned from the ground up. We spent hours watching our users work through the checkout process and found several places where we could make things better… so we did!

  • The biggest change in the checkout process you’ll see is that it is now contained within a single screen, making the entire process clean and simple
  • We’ve added a visual indicator so you know how many steps you have left before your final checkout page
  • We redesigned the shipping address, shipping method and payment method selection process to make things easy to find and select.

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Combined, these changes make the checkout process much more fluid and easier than before.

 

How to Get the New Zappos App for Android and Kindle

The version 3.0 Zappos App for Android is available in the Google Play store and Amazon Market place today!  Download it and give it a try!

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