ESPN is by far the most recognized name in sports. Until this month, ESPN’s presence on the Android platform has been limited to a few knock-off applications that have not filled the void the lack of ESPN has left for us sports lovers. Fear not, my athletic (or athleticism-appreciating) brethren, the excruciating wait is over…sort of.
On June 15th, ESPN announced the release of the ESPN ScoreCenter application for Android. The ScoreCenter application does…well…exactly what you would expect given the title, making scores and live game information available to you right from your Android device.
Though it feels a bit “Appley,” the user experience is fairly pleasant, with widget-like menus with such items as top events featuring scores from a wide array of sports to specialized menus of your favorite sports created from the teams you choose in the “my teams” menu. Each sport gives you an up to date look at the inning and current scores, and clicking on the game you want more information on takes you to the ESPN mobile web gamecenter. The mobile web features pitch-by-pitch (or play-by-play) updates refreshed every 15 seconds or so as well as some detailed information on key players (pitcher and hitter since this is baseball season).
Overall, the application feels like it belongs to the ESPN name. Though it’s just a fair looking front for ESPN’s mobile web, I feel this app will soon be on any sports fan’s must have application list as it is by far the best multi-sport integration to date. It was, at least, enough to win me over from using SportsTap to supplement my MLB At Bat experience.
- Clean UI that is customized to your sporting preferences
- Mutliple tabs to feature multiple sports
- Mobile web has play-by-play detail with bonus detailed player information
- Widget to remind you of upcoming games
- UI feels like a direct iPhone port, which will be a turn off for some.
- Basically just a front for ESPN’s mobile web, which although isn’t a bad thing in and of itself, it leaves something to be desired. (Maybe I’ve been spoiled by At Bat 2010).
- I’ve suffered from multiple force closes and lag in the application. This could be because I’m running rooted Froyo FRF72, but I can safely assume that others are having this problem as well.
Bottom Line: If you’re a sports fan in any way, shape, or form, this will be a key addition to your Android repertoire. Though it may not replace those specialized sporting applications, it is sure to contend with the likes of Scoreboard and SportsTap for top overall sporting application.