Its the time of the year where people start to send a lot of packages around. I'm not saying that this does not also happen at other times, but the Christmas season is know for its increase.
It does not really matter if you make purchases on eBay from other users or business, buy at online shopping sites like Amazon or Newegg, or just fire off your annual care package to your relatives from overseas.
While the majority of packages may arrive in time, others may be lost in transit or at least delayed for days or even weeks.
Most of the time, you do get tracking codes these days that you can look up on the Internet to find out where the parcel is, and how much longer it will take before it arrives.
Deliveries is probably the best Android application right now for tracking postal packages. The core reasons for this are that it is dead easy to use, and that it supports a huge number of delivery services.
To name a few: Amazon, FedEx, GLS, Hermes, UPS, TNT, Royal Mail, Post in more than a dozen countries, DPD and DHL.
The official store page on Google Play lists dozens of services. And if that would not be enough, it also supports easier tracking for services that it does not support, as it enables you to get access to the information directly from the app for many more services.
Once you have installed the application you can click on the plus icon in its interface to add a new parcel that you want to track. It does not matter if you are the sender or recipient, all you need is the tracking number to get started.
All you have to do is add a name and enter the tracking code to get started. If the provider is not recognized automatically, you can select it from the list of available providers. It is furthermore possible to add the item to a category if you want, but that is not a requirement.
The application will check the status of deliveries for you, if you want, and use push notifications to inform you about status updates. That's great as you do not have to open it manually every time to check for updates.
Note: This feature is only enabled when the phone or tablet is connected to a wireless network. You can change that in the options to keep on tracking your parcels when you are connected to mobile networks.
For some logistics partners, tracing via Google Maps is implemented, so that you can check on a map where your package is right now.
The settings provide you with lots of options to customize the app further. Not all are available in the free version though, which you will notice as they are displayed in a lighter text color.
The pro version is available for €0.99. It removes the advertisement of the free version, lets you import Amazon orders and keep them synced, adds many of the convenient preferences in the settings, and enables a quiet mode for notifications.
As far as Pro settings go, it is possible to remove providers from the list of available ones for easier selecting, enter default values for providers and other information, add sorting options, and enable synchronization of information across devices.
Deliveries is an excellent application for heavy senders but also people who occasionally receive parcels and want to keep track of them. The Pro features add a lot of comfortable options to the app which professional senders and businesses may like, especially if they sell items on eBay or Amazon, their own website, or other locations as it simplifies tracking significantly.
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