The Rugby World Cup 2011 is just around the corner and to celebrate England’s competency in this arena, we thought it would be an ace idea to roundup our favourite sports apps for Android. Whether you’re a fan of football, tennis or even American football, we’ve got the apps for you offering up-to-date scores and even the chance to emulate your heroes. For those who have a strong aversion to physical activity but still want to be in the loop for pub-based banter, these apps are also the ultimate cheat sheets.
There are sports apps and there’s SportsTap. Rather than catering to a single game, SportsTap covers them all with some aplomb. Be it the Brazlian domestic football league or the NASCAR Truck series that grabs your fancy, all the news, scores and photos you could possibly want are here to peruse thanks to a simple menu navigation. To top off the whole splendid affair, the app itself is free. You really can’t say fairer than that.
Top notch American football apps are surprisingly well catered for on the Android Market. We struggle to choose between the simple arcade joys of Backbreaker 2: Vengeance and the immersive tactics of Madden NFL 12. One account of its stunning graphics and fully-licensed teams however, it’s Madden NFL 12 that’s nips the victory. The recipient of a rare 9/10 rating on Life Of Android, it’s safe to say we’re massive fans.
Official Rugby World Cup 2011
A total television audience of 4.2 billion viewers tuned into the last Rugby World Cup in 2007, so there’s a lot of pressure resting on the 2011 tournamount’s official app to get it right. Thankfully all the cornerstones of an essential sporting app are here including live commentary and official video highlights. To cap it all off, travellers to New Zealand are offered sight-seeing hotspots in the Fan Zone for when they’ve had their fill of booze and oval-shaped balls.
We’re going out on a limb here with ESPN Goals. Despite offering free video highlights to every Premier League game, video quality is not great. By ‘not great’ we mean hideously grainy but things can only get better and assuming they do, ESPN Goals will quite easily rank as the best football app available for your smartphone. Having paid millions of pounds to own the streaming rights, it’s unthinkable the sports broadcasting giant won’t improve this.
The immortal Pro Evo may have lost serious ground to FIFA in the console stakes but on Android, PES 2011 reigns supreme. Switch from the ropey default d pad to the accelerometer for the best control options and play your way through the officially licensed UEFA Club Competitions including the Champions League and UEFA Europa League.