5 great smart phone apps for this summer’s sporting extravaganza
There’s a whole host of sport coming up this summer, but watching the action and buying the t-shirt just isn’t enough these days. To be classed as a real sports nut, you’ve also got to get your hands on an app…
Now that the Premier League is over, Quidblog runs through five great apps which no sports fanatic should be without.
Available on: iPhone / iPad (£0.69)
Having withdrawal symptoms now that the football season is over? Likely to spend much of the summer scanning the newspapers and internet desperately hoping your side sign new players? Want to separate the wheat from the transfer rumour chaff? Then you need the Transfer Window app from Milk Bar Studios.
Aggregating the news and gossip from all your favourite sources, while also presenting Twitter updates from journalists and other ‘in the know’ figures, it’s a fine way of making sure you don’t miss a beat during silly season.
Available on: iPhone / iPad (free)
What with Euro 2012, the Olympics and Wimbledon all being shown on the BBC and ITV, there’s going to be so much sport on free-to-air channels this channels that tearing yourself away from the television could prove very difficult. Of course, if you do leave the house, or just need the loo, TV Catchup is the perfect antidote.
Not strictly an app, as there’s no download necessary, the website (which you can pin to your home main page) works beautifully on iPhone and iPad affording users access to all freeview channels. There’s no subscription, just sign up for free, login and watch England, Team GB and Andy Murray to your hearts content.
Official Euro 2012 app
Available on: iPhone / Android / Blackberry / Bada / Windows Phone (free)
The greatest Premier League season ever may finally be over, but there’s still plenty of football to tide fans over until it gets going again at the end of August. This summer all eyes turn to Poland and the Ukraine where Roy Hodgson’s England will do battle with the continent’s finest as they look to become European champions for the first time.
Read up on all the tournament’s latest news, check out glossy photo galleries, watch videos of action and interviews, get travel advice, fixture information and link-up with the UEFA’s official social media content. If you’re excited about Euro 2012, the app, which is available on iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone, is a must for all supporters – the only thing it doesn’t do is predict a win for the boys with Three Lions on their chest.
Available on: iPhone / iPad / Android / Blackberry / Windows Phone (free)
If you like a flutter while you’re watching sport, then the Betfair app is great. Secure, fast and easy-to-navigate it provides access to all of Betfair’s football, sports, horse racing and other in-play betting markets no matter where you are. With the option to place back and lay bets and the ability to check odds on hundreds of markets you’re sure to find a great deal on your sport of interest.
Beware though, given the gaming legislation in certain countries (particularly the States) the GPS capability of the app means it won’t work if you’re outside the UK and Ireland.
ECB Cricket app
Available on: iPhone / iPad / Nokia / Android / Blackberry (free)
What with Wimbledon and the Olympics on the horizon, it’s easy to forget that the England cricket team have an exciting summer of action ahead. While the showpiece events in SW19 and Stratford are yet to confirm their official apps for the summer, Andrew Strauss’ team and the Barmy Army are well catered for with the ECB cricket iPhone app.
Featuring live scores from England and county games, advanced fixture lists and results archive, tables, player profiles, podcast feeds, photo galleries, video features, social media integration and ticket purchase links it’s an absolute must if you plan to spend the next few months enjoying leather on willow.
Which events are you most looking to? How do you keep up-to-date with the action? Which are your favourite sporting apps?
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