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Follow the FIFA World Cup 2010 with Android

Posted on Jun 7, 2010 in App News, Sports, Top Rated Apps | 1 comment

The 2010 FIFA World Cup is going to be held in South Africa and is scheduled to start on June 11th. If you’re like me, you’ll probably be at work or on the go when some of these matches will be played, so you’ll definitely want to stay up to date using the 2010 World Cup app.

  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 775KB
  • Category: Sports
  • Price: Free



The main page of the app includes a countdown to remind us all of the excitement that the World Cup will bring. From here, you can navigate to view the calendar of all scheduled matches, team information, and comprehensive news.

When viewing match-ups, long-press to access previous head-to-head results or to set yourself a reminder for when the match is going to begin. When matches do start, real-time scores and information will be added, including goals, bookings, and substitutions. To find more statistics about your favorite team, just click their flag in the Teams view.

Pros:

  • Comprehensive World Cup coverage in one place
  • Easy navigation
  • Facebook integration for social discussion



Areas for improvement:

  • UI could use some refreshing, but good enough for a temporary-use app



Conclusion: The 2010 World Cup is a must watch event and following it on Android when you can’t see it live is a definite convenience. Download in time for the first matches!

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Top Android App: SportsTap

Posted on Dec 5, 2009 in Sports, Top Rated Apps | comment

SportsTap is your connection to the sports world through your Android device.

Application: SportsTap
Version: 2.3.5
Size: 513KB

Category: Sports
Price: Free
Overall Score: 4.6/5
User Interface: 4/5
Ease of Use: 5/5
Customizability: 5/5
Originality: 4/5
Indispensability: 5/5
The home screen features many of the most popular sports.  A great example of the depth of information this app will provide you is the fact that the Futbol section has 14 different options spanning from the English Premier League to Major League Soccer (MLS).  Also, the LocalTap page will show the schedule and results of all sports teams within a given radius of your current location.  Great implementation as most people are huge fans of the sports teams that are located around them.
Once you select a sport (and then a league), you can see the results of all the games played (as well as previous dates’ results and future dates’ schedules).  Also, below the scoreboard is a group of Recent Stories relating to the league that you are looking at.  Having related news stories updated right along with the scores is a great feature.  Even better is the fact that the news articles open in the app so there’s no hassle with switching to the browser.  Further below you can access the entire standings for the selected league.
From this page, you can then select individual games to get an entire game summary.  In this example, you can see who scored each goal, who was booked, who was substituted, and more.  Additionally (for this sport), the Lineups tab will show which players started, when players were substituted for, who scored, etc.
A great aspect of SportsTap is that you can customize the app by adding your favorite teams.  Once you do this, you can turn on notifications that will alert you to when your favorite team’s game starts.  On top of this, you will receive periodic score updates and an update to the final result.  There is also a widget offered with this app that will provide news and updates on your favorite teams.
Another point of customization is how often you want SportsTap to update scores, with 1 minute being the shortest interval.  It’s important to note that this app does a very good job at accurately updating live scores to keep you as up to date as possible while you’re on the go.

Overall, SportsTap is your best bet for staying up to date with all the leagues, teams, and players you care the most about.  If you’re a sports enthusiast, you can’t go wrong here; you’re going to find yourself using this reliable app everyday.

Scan with Barcode Scanner for direct link to SportsTap in the Android Market.

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