In an age where technology is playing an increasing role in enhancing our experiences for everyday activities, users now use smartphone apps more than the mobile web. Sports fans are the latest group to have a plethora of choices available. Whether your sport is ball-based or endurance focused, technology companies have ensured that every base is covered.
With that in mind, below is a list of five apps that will appeal to all sports fans, and add another layer of enjoyment when watching their chosen event.
Available on both Android and iOS, the ESPN app is a must for any American sport lovers. Formerly known as SportsCenter, the app provides up-to-date information and statistics for numerous different athletes and franchises. As well as facts, it also offers expert analysis from their roster of experts.
It is easily personalized to ensure that the user is in control of the material they wish to engage with, and best of all it is free of charge.
Another must for North American sport fans, Yahoo has rebranded their Sportacular app into the much more user-friendly Yahoo Sports app. Again it is free on both major platforms, and offers the latest news, scores and statistics from a number of sports such as the NHL, MLS and NFL.
It is designed to sync across both their website and app, and crucially, users are able to set up notifications to specific events, which is customizable.
Betway’s smartphone offering has an impressive array of sports and betting options for fans. They have a number of in-play options for those who wish to enhance their enjoyment of live events such as horse racing and football matches.
They offer odds on a vast range of sports, and also outright markets for fans who feel they can predict future outcomes, such as the winner of the Wimbledon tennis tournament. Available on both Android and the App Store, Bookie betway is a very good sporting companion.
One of the most informative smartphone apps is offered by Sky Sports. It has sections dedicated to all major sporting events, but is particularly good for football. It has all the latest Premier League stories as they break, and up-to-date transfer rumours that are synced across all their platforms.
It also includes video excerpts from their team of pundits, whilst allowing their television customers to organise their viewing with an event calendar and live score service. Free on both major platforms.
One of the most immersive free apps for sport fans has to be the official Formula 1 one. Regularly updated, the smartphone companion comes into its own on a race weekend. It gives live race leaderboards so viewers are on top of proceedings wherever they are.
Post-race highlights and interviews are also available, along with the team and driver standings. Free on iOS and Android, and in such an exciting season, this is a must for motorsport fans.