When it comes to following your favorite sport, football in my case, or your favorite team in a sport, you have plenty of options thanks to the advance of smartphones and mobile apps. While it is still possible to buy newspapers for results and news, or browse Internet sites for faster updates, mobile apps bring real-time updates to the table no matter where you are.
Probably the most important feature next to support for your favorite leagues and sports is the application's responsiveness and how fast information get updated by it.
A great looking app does not really help you that much if it updates scores every ten minutes, hour, or even 24 hour period only.
theScore: Sports & Scores is without doubt one of the most responsive sports scoring and news applications for the Android operating system.
When you first start the application after installation you are presented with the leagues thta it supports. Available are Mixed Martial Arts (UFC and Bellator), NFL, NBA, MLB, NCAA Football and Basketball, NHL, European football leagues such as Bundesliga, Serie A, La Liga or EPL, Formula 1 Racing, Golf and a lot more.
A tap on any league listed by the app provides you with detailed information about it. If you select the English Premier League for instance, you get access to scores and fixtures by default. You can change the display to news, standings or leaders here easily. The selection menu may differ depending on which league you select. If you select MMA for instance, you get information about events, news and rankings.
You can tap on any match you are interested in, past, current or future, to get additional information about it. Here you find out where it is played, about odds, and team injuries if any.
That's still not all though. You can tap on a team here to get team specific news, schedules and roster information, and add it to your favorites. Doing so displays a notification configuration prompt. Here you can select information like goals, red cards or breaking news that you want to be informed about in real time.
Another interesting feature is the ability to follow individual players. This is available for team-based sports like football or basketball, but not for others like MMA.
The app ships with widgets that you can make use of to display information right on your home screen. You can use it to track up to five leagues of your choosing right from there.
If you are interested in a specific sports league, a team, or even individual players, then you will like what the application has to offer. It is very responsive and while the visual appeal of it suffers somewhat because of that, many will probably prefer a faster fluid app instead of one that looks pretty but is not as responsive in the end.
The app is a great source of information if you bet on sports, have joined a fantasy league, or simply want to be informed about news and events as they unfold.
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