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Google News shows live scores, match highlights, and schedules for sports teams [APK Download]

Two weeks ago, Google News got an update to version 5.5, bringing a dark theme option to the app. But since the rollout was slow, we didn't get an official changelog until yesterday. In it, new features were mentioned for sports teams, but they were nowhere to be found. It seems they were dependent on a server-side switch, because it isn't until this morning that these new sports options started showing up for us.

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Google app v7.24 beta prepares floating sports scores, Doodles in the search box, Project Valyrian, home automation, and much more [APK Teardown]

A beta update to the Google app has been making the rounds. As usual, there's not much new to see after installing this release, but many changes are awaiting Google to flip a switch before going live. Also following the usual pattern, there's a teardown of the APK that provides plenty of hints about what's to come. Version 7.24 reveals plans for a floating bubble with current sports scores that remains visible on top of other apps, an effect for the Google search box, a mysterious new project called Valyrian, assorted follow-ups for the Pixel Buds, home automation, and more.


Disclaimer: Teardowns are based on evidence found inside of apks (Android's application package) and are necessarily speculative and usually based on incomplete information.
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[Update: Adding SportsNet New York, too] YouTube TV learns not to spoil the game, expands to Charleston, WV and SC

Spoilers suck. Whether you're enjoying some books and the TV series gets ahead of itself (Game of Thrones, you're dead to me), or your friends just can't resist revealing the twist at the end of a good movie, spoilers seriously ruin your appreciation for something. It's about the journey as much as the destination, right? So sportsball fans that subscribe to YouTube TV can now configure for scores to be hidden in the YouTube TV interface. Google has also expanded its TV service to Charleston, South Carolina and West Virginia. 

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Facebook Introduces Sports Stadium, A Central Court For Following And Talking About Your Favorite Games (iOS-Only Now)

The game is on, the game is on! Some of us don't care too much about sports, but others are really, really, passionate about their teams. If you fall into the latter category then you either have a dedicated sports app on your phone where you follow all the scores and plays then celebrate or vent, or you go to Facebook or Twitter to share all of your happy and sad feels with your buddies. Now Facebook is ready to take your sports love to the next level by creating a central place for you to just follow and talk about your games on its network.

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Nike's Golf 360 App Comes To Android After Taking Its Sweet Time On iOS

Look, we realize that some companies don't have the resources to develop apps for multiple platforms, and in some cases (some very limited cases) it makes sense to publish on the mobile OS that has 12% of the market. But Nike isn't one of those companies. And so it still kind of miffs us when they take two years to bring a sports app like Golf 360 to the Play Store.

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But enough about Nike's continuing failure at proper cross-platform support. Golf 360 is a training app aimed at aspiring pros. The most useful portion of the app is the golf scoreboard, which supports up to four players and comes pre-loaded with "26,000 courses" from North America and Europe.

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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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OneLouder Releases SportCaster - Live Scores And Twitter Commentary On The Go

If you've been looking for a sports app that gives you up-to-the-minute scores, stats, and live commentary from hundreds of people in the know, you're in luck. OneLouder, the developer behind TweetCaster and FriendCaster, has just released SportCaster - an app that allows you to follow a variety of sports from your mobile device, and view a constant stream of tweets from players and experts as well as all the info you need about what's happening in the game.

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Like any new app it has a few areas for improvement, but it's definitely worth checking out if you don't want to miss the game or if you want to keep track of the score from a single app.

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USA Today Joins The Slate Club, Releases Tablet-Optimized Android App

CNN is not the only news organization with a tablet-optimized Honeycomb app - USA Today today (ooh, 2x "today"s in a row, it must be your lucky day) jumped on the same bandwagon with their own take on what a tablet news app should be like. News, Money, Sports, Life, Tech, Travel, Photos, and Weather sections are available, and... well, there is not much else to say about this - it's a news app on a larger screen. You can find the download links towards the bottom of the page.

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Press Release

MCLEAN, Va., Feb. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- USA TODAY, the nation's top-selling print newspaper, today announced the USA TODAY Android 3.0 App for Motorola Xoom is now available.

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