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.
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.
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.
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.
October is the perfect storm for American sports fans: Baseball fans have the World Series, basketball fans have the opening games of the season, and football fans are just getting a good look at the playoff scenario. Against this triple threat, hockey fans (especially those in the United States) tend to get the short end of the stick, so to speak. ESPN is bucking that trend: today they posted the very first build of the network's official Fantasy Hockey app to the Play Store.
It's hard out there for a football fan. With almost five months to go and nothing but basketball, baseball, golf, tennis, NASCAR, and that game all the foreigners play with their feet to tide us over, it's going to be a long summer. If you're one of the millions who can't get enough of fantasy football, you can kill time with the official ESPN Fantasy Football app, updated for the Draft and thankfully devoid of an annual re-title.
Are you an AT&T U-verse customer who's been chomping at the bit to get your hands (or eyes, rather) on some sports action while on-the-go? Today's your lucky day – AT&T and ESPN just announced support for the WatchESPN app for qualifying U-verse customers. And by "qualifying" they mean "customers who actually have ESPN as part of their package." So, that should be pretty much everyone, right?
Either way, the app is free so you can hit up the Play Store to grab it, enter your U-verse login credentials, and away you go.
It's that time of the year. Flowers are blooming, temperatures are rising, and college basketball is in full swing. Thankfully, ESPN has updated its Bracket Bound app to bring fans up-to-date with the latest scores, conference standings, and forecasts for the 75th NCAA Tournament. As before, you can quickly access game results, schedules, player and team stats, video clips, and team-related discussions on Twitter. With this release, ESPN has also added a customizable list of shortcuts in the navigation menu for your favorite teams.
Ah, fantasy sports: the Dungeons and Dragons of the jock world. There are more than a few options for you to spend your fantasy money on, but ESPN's seems to be the first that's ready for the 2013 baseball season. So if you've just got to get your lineup ready for the big office matchup weeks in advance of opening day, feel free to download ESPN Fantasy Baseball.
The app has all the new players, trades, and updated stats that fantasy sports depend on.
If you're a fan of ESPN's in-your-face extreme X Games event, a new way to keep up with all the action just hit the Play Store: official X Games apps for both smartphones and tablets. The apps let you follow all the happenings at the X Games, starting with this year's winter event beginning on January 24th in Aspen, CO.
You can catch the best runs, tricks, and crashes with video highlights, keep tabs on the results in real time, check the schedule to see what's happening next, watch the events live on your device, get an in-depth look at each trick with ESPN's "TrickTrack," and learn more about each athlete with player bios.
ESPN's ScoreCenter app received a total overhaul of an update today, hitting version 3.0, and adopting a brand-new UI in the process. The new app basically follows Android's Holo guidelines (not that strict adherence is necessary for a great app), and looks much more in line with the modern Android aesthetic.
ScoreCenter, if you're not familiar, is an app that allows you track scores in various sports for your favorite teams, along with serving as a light-duty sports news feed.