04
Feb
Sports-Thumb

Sports apps typically aren't the most attractive pieces of software tucked away on Google Play, because let's be honest, why bother? Your average user will just be happy to pull up scores and stats in the palm of their hand, and whether the app adheres to Android's design guidelines occupies about as much thought as that thing they're supposed to be doing instead of watching the game. But if you're as likely to cry foul on a hideous app as you are a bad play, then the latest CBS Sports update may just make you smile.

Sports1

Sports3 Sports4 Sports5

Sports2

If an attractive sports app sounds surprising, it gets better. This one comes to us from Sprint, and if there's anything that can make the most hideous apps look relatively stellar, it's carrier designed ones. Okay, this CBS Sports app is actually made by Handmark, who Sprint bought in May of last year (along with is subsidiary OneLouder Apps). Handmark has also developed apps for the Associated Press, Forbes, Time, and others. With that kind of talent behind it, the improved UI is much less of a shock. And if you are a regular user of CBS Sports, you already know that the prior version wasn't too shabby itself.

OldSports1 OldSports4 OldSports5

The changes go deeper than surface level. CBS Sports now tracks NCAA Women's Basketball scores and provides game logs for both the NBA and the MLB. Users can use the app to buy tickets, and they no longer need Twitter to sign in. Overall, version 7 looks like a pretty solid update.

What's new:

7.0.1

  • Fixes bug when opening some team news alerts
  • Misc. bug fixes

7.0

  • Updated UI for a cleaner look & feel
  • My Teams right drawer - quickly access your favorite teams & view upcoming games by swiping in from the right
  • NCAA Women’s Bball scores and rankings
  • Required Twitter sign in removed
  • Buy tickets for upcoming games
  • News sections now have tweets & videos
  • Player game logs for NBA & MLB
  • Stat leaders for PGA

Thanks, Dan Owen!

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Ryan Callihan

    Wow, that's beautiful. I currently use ESPN Sportscenter as my Sports app, but this looks so much better.

  • Matt

    It definitely looks a lot better than it used to. I wonder if it's fixed the notification preference issues (even when I have only scoring set for reminders, I keep getting breaking news stories about sports I don't follow notifying me).

  • Mark

    Score Mobile? No?

  • BK

    Now if only they could update their horrible fantasy baseball app.

    • Kevin P

      this... soooo this.

  • kurichan

    It does look good, but it'll be hard to pry me away from TheScore app

  • laxjosh

    I use TheScore (ScoreMobile) as well. Have since my BlackBerry days. Now, if only CBS could clean up their other apps (I'm looking at you, CBSNews).

  • ran

    Seeing the screenshots, I thank HTC for this great phone even though I never bought it. Many developers improved their apps after owning this beautiful phone

  • kah

    Great UI.

    Will stick though with 365scores even though it is uglier but covers larger number of leagues worldwide

  • Nick Cannon

    Yahoo Sports ftw

    • Avril111

      My Uncle Aaron just got an awesome 12 month old Audi A5
      Convertible only from working part time off a home computer... find out here
      B­u­z­z­3­4­.­ℂ­o­m

  • Jesse Vitrone

    I don't understand why my app doesn't look like this. The screenshots show a nice card UI, but mine just has text on a white background, no cards. Verizon Galaxy S3. Does anyone else have that issue?

    • Steve B

      Old version? I have cards on my Nexus 5.

      • Jesse Vitrone

        Inside the app, if I go to send feedback, the email it sets up for me shows 7.0.1 as the version.

        • Aaron

          Check Settings -> Display -> Scores Layout. Abbreviated is the cards layout.

          • Jesse Vitrone

            Thanks Aaron, I tried that as well, but abbreviated doesn't show me cards, it's just a thin line between the different scores. The full shows them one score per line, but again, no cards, just lines.

            I tried clearing the cache and data for the app too, it reset my teams, but no luck with the UI.

            Looks like this for me - http://i.imgur.com/7MI7DXi.png .

  • dz

    widgets now do not work on milestonex. score widget always says requesting content and score 4x1 says problem loading widget