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ESPN's Big Jump To 5.0 Brings Cricket Scores, Favorites Tab, And Region And Language Customization

There is no shortage of choice when you start thinking about following your favorite sports and teams on your phone. Google already has a pretty sweet set of cards in Google Now for a couple of sports, but there's also a lot of benefit in having a dedicated app that has specialized news and commentary, live scores, analysis, and more. ESPN is one of the most popular apps in that category — after all, that's the network's expertise and it's transmitted through the app.

With version 5.0, ESPN's app is getting a couple of major improvements that make it even more relevant.

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ESPN App Comes To Android TV, And So Does Starz (Again)

Sports are more enjoyable on TV than phones and tablets. It's a demonstrable fact. You don't see bars hanging Samsung Galaxy Tabs on walls do you?

It's for this reason that many people will be happy to see ESPN adding support for Android TV. You can see this is the changelog for the ESPN app. Viewers are getting WatchESPN access, with the ability to stream live events.

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ESPN Android App Adds WatchESPN TV Streaming For Cable And Satellite Subscribers

If you pay for cable, you probably pay for ESPN. Disney's sports empire is practically inescapable, especially if you watch college sports, and it's essentially impossible to pay for conventional television without getting ESPN thrown into the package, whether you want it or not. So if you're paying for it, you might as well get it on your phone too, right? ESPN's live streaming service WatchESPN is now available within the primary ESPN app itself. Previously WatchESPN was a separate Android app.

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ESPN 4.2 Gets Bigger To Better Work With Tablets, Still Runs Light On Its Feet

The official ESPN app (formerly known as SportsCenter, or was that Score Center?) looks largely the same following the update to version 4.2 as it did in 4.1, unless you're running it on an Android tablet. There the experience has expanded to present you with more information on-screen. Want to see the latest sports gossip news? You got it. Want to see scores at the same time? Sure. Information on your favorite teams is tucked away along the top-right corner of the action bar.

This update also includes ESPN Now, the ability to swipe right from the news section to access photos, videos, and other content from social networks.

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ESPN Bowls Cricket 2015 App Into The Play Store, But Early Reviews Are Brutal

This year ESPN is letting Cricket fans stream the entire ICC Cricket World Cup over the Internet, as long as they're willing to pay $100 for the content. As part of the package, users will get to use their mobile devices.

So the network has released its Cricket 2015 app into the Play Store, shortly before games begin on the 14th. The app provides access to all 49 live matches and follows the teams from Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates West Indies, and Zimbabwe.

Unfortunately, early reviews are brutal. We're seeing a clean run of one-star reviews for reasons ranging from crashes to a lack of Chromecast support.

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ESPN Renames College Football App To 'Championship Drive' And Gives It A Big Makeover In v4.0

Dear football fans. Remember that makeover that you were too insecure to get? Well one of ESPN's many sports apps is getting it done for you. Not only does the network's College Football app look like a whole new person, it has a new name to boot. ESPN Championship Drive, despite being version 4, wants you to view it as a separate individual.

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ESPN Launches Pebble App To Bring Live Sports Score Updates To Your Wrist

Smartwatches aren't good at a number of things, but one area where they really shine is the delivery of notifications: email, texts, you name it. Now ESPN has launched a Pebble app that adds another type of information to peoples' wrists - sports scores. This way fans and fanatics alike can keep up with the action without having to bother whipping out their phones and hunting for the app. Instead they can look down at their watches and explain to confused onlookers why they're suddenly cheering.

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The ESPN Pebble app can track the NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAA, and one league that doesn't begin with an N, the MLB (don't worry, the remainder of this post is acronym-free).

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[New App] ESPN Releases FC Soccer & World Cup App For Android A Month Ahead Of This Year's Tournament

The number of weeks between us and this year's World Cup are wilting away, which makes now the time to get prepared. Snag some tickets to Brazil if you can, or, more practically, go snatch up the new Android App ESPN has just released for keeping tags on all of the goings-on. This way you don't even have to watch the games to know who's kicking whose butts, and how hard.

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People living in the US can use the app to view videos of goals and other key moments shortly after they happen. The software will also contain ESPN TV clips containing commentary from sports analysts and talking heads to fill those quiet moments when you're not getting your soccer fix.

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ESPN Score Center App Renamed To SportsCenter, With A Swanky New UI And Lots Of Ads

Why ESPN didn't call its sports update app "SportsCenter" in the first place is beyond me. They seem to have rectified this with version 4.0 of the app, now named after the ubiquitous sports show. (Da-na-na, da-na-na.) The app was also updated with a new all-white interface and a standard slide-out menu.

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Oh, and ads. Lots of ads. While the previous version had in-network advertising at the bottom of the screen like a lot of free apps, this new one gets interstitial ads that pop up two or three times while scrolling through scores or updates, plus random pop-up ads.

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[New App] ESPN Releases Official Fantasy Basketball App For Android

We're right in the middle of basketball season, so I know it may be too much to ask to look away during the game, but when you get the chance, ESPN has released a fantasy football app to consume you during every other moment of the day. If you're already invested in a fantasy league, then you know the routine. Find some friends, form teams, draft players, and duke it out. With a dedicated mobile app, you won't have to sit down at a browser to make the magic happen.

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The Android app gives you everything you need to keep tabs on the action.

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