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Long-awaited updates to popular apps are usually met with adulation, but ESPN's college football app may be an exception. The old Bowl Bound app is now the more generically titled ESPN College Football, with a few new bells and whistles added into the mix. ESPN news for all Bowl Championship Series teams is complemented by video clips that promise to be constantly updated, and users can save their favorite teams for quick and easy access to news and live scores.

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And here's where the trouble starts. In order to access your favorite teams, you'll need to sign into your ESPN account, or create one if you haven't already. Add to that a myriad of complaints about poor performance and a new cluttered interface, and users of the previous app are not happy tailgaters. There also seems to be some compatibility issues - for example, the app won't download to my AOKP-equipped Galaxy Tab 8.9, but it's showing that it's compatible with the stock version of the same device.

ESPN seems to have flubbed their official app this year. It's a good thing there's plenty of quality alternatives available - including the new additions to Google Now for Jelly Bean users.

ESPN Launches All-New ESPN College Football App

Available for Apple iOS and Android; Replaces popular Bowl Bound app; Includes up-to-the-minute highlights, scores, news and alerts for all teams.

The new ESPN College Football app is now available at the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Redesigned from the ground up for both Android and iOS, including an iPad-optimized version, the app will provide fans with unprecedented coverage of the biggest stories in college football and breaking news for all Football Bowl Series teams.

The ESPN College Football app is designed to be the ultimate game day companion with up-to-the-minute video clip highlights of key plays from select games, customizable scoreboards and easy access to live games on WatchESPN. The app will also prepare, engage and recap college football fans year-round with enhanced content, including news, video and alerts for all 124 FBS schools.

"We think the responsiveness and in-progress elements of the app will deliver a unique and indispensable game day experience for college football fans," said Jay Lee, Senior Director of Product Development for ESPN Digital Media. "We've also combined the unmatched depth of ESPN's college football content across platforms with highly customizable features to keep fans informed and engaged 24/7 year-round, not just on game days."

Key features of the ESPN College Football app include:
In-progress Information
• Video clips of select plays made available in the app within a minute of the live action on the field
• Alerts for scoring plays, potential upsets and breaking news
• Curated tweets from fans around the nation, as well as ESPN's college football analysts
• Easy access to live games on WatchESPN
Comprehensive Coverage and Analysis
• Game previews, recaps and highlights
• Signature videos from ESPN's team of college football analysts, plus exclusive clips from College GameDay, College Football Live, ESPNU, and more
• Pregame analysis with College GameDay voting, video features and matchup breakdowns
• A "Bowl Bound" section with weekly projections for every bowl game from ESPN BCS expert Brad Edwards
Personalization
• A personalized "My Games" scoreboard to follow favorite teams and matchups
• Synchronization of multiple favorite teams utilizing a fan's ESPN profile
• "Clubhouses" for all FBS and FCS schools featuring news, videos, rosters, discussion and team news alerts

New Design
• iPad optimized version designed for Apple's retina display

About ESPN Digital Media
ESPN's Digital Media properties include ESPN.com, the world's leading online sports service; WatchESPN and ESPN3, the company's 24/7 live sports broadband network; ESPN Mobile, which includes the leading mobile web destination and top-ranked apps for iPhone, iPad and Android; as well as Digital Audio, Interactive Games, Fantasy Sports, and other emerging digital media including Grantland.com. ESPN's total digital footprint – ESPN.com, ESPN Mobile web and apps, WatchESPN, etc. – reaches more sports fans each month than any other digital sports entity.
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[Via ESPN, Engadget]

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Greyhame

    You mentioned Google Now... I couldn't add the Badgers to my phone. Wasn't an option. GO BUCKY!!

  • ArtnerC

    Google Now doesn't have college teams, hopefully that will change sometime not too far off. I'm not sure what people are talking about for the ESPN app. Okay so having to sign in might suck for some. But the performance of the app on my Gnex has been surprisingly smooth. The video clips load faster and smoother than almost any video I have played on my phone, even if quality could be better. Notifications are cool and the overall performance has impressed me greatly having come from ESPN's other apps. There was only one crash I ran into and it could be reliably repeated, but wasn't something I particularly cared about. Some rough edges but I can't see how people would say it performs poorly.

  • http://revengeofthepc.com Ethan Madison

    For those looking for a good sports app, I highly recommend Thuuz.Sports (http://goo.gl/ELW6u) for it's speed, reliability, features, Holo-theme, and general respect of the design guidelines.

    It's a hell of a lot better than SportCenter at its worst.

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