In 1985 I sat in a wedding ceremony, a tiny radio in my pocket and an earphone in my lughole as I listened to the F.A. Cup Final between Man Utd and Everton. I was 11, it was my sister’s wedding, I got caught and I got in a whole world of trouble. If only smartphones had been invented, if only I’d had the Sky Sports News app…
That’s right, when other branches of News Corp. are out hacking your phones, the Sky division merely want to make your phones better by giving you this slick-looking, all-encompassing app-aid to the sporting life. Open it up, select your sporting category of choice and be bombarded with the latest news, scores, line ups, results, fixtures, tables, video interviews and even access to Sky Sports Radio for rolling coverage – a veritable sporting feast.
Main categories cover Football, Cricket, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Golf, Tennis, Formula 1 and Boxing, which will leave horse racing enthusiasts with a bit of a long face, but ticker tape news touch on race results and the Top Stories section doles out the dope on any equine news of importance.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Detailed and fact-packed, the interface is excellently designed, but the app itself is often slow to update, delivering all the latest results… but perhaps not as swiftly as either you’d like it to or that Mr Murdoch has been told it does. It could also do with a broader remit to include categories for the aforementioned horse racing and MotoGP too. But regardless of the delays and omissions, Sky Sports News is, for my money (it’s free, by the way) the undoubted champion of the sports news apps.