Five brand new must have football apps to kick off the Premiership with
It’s been a long wait, but at long last, the Premiership kicks off again for a new season tomorrow. Fourteen teams square off tomorrow, with three more games in the days to follow. Any discerning footie fan with a smartphone will already have their own preferred way to keep up with all the actions, so instead of just looking at the best apps, we’re looking at the best apps that are brand new, ones you won’t have tried last season because they didn’t exist. Read on to see them.
Sky Go, the broadcaster’s app for streaming its channels to web connected devices, debuted on the iPhone and iPad in time for last year’s season. But an Android version didn’t arrive until February of this year. Like its Apple counterpart, it allows Sky subscribers to watch the channels they subscribe to (including all six Sky Sports channels and ESPN) as well as lots of on-demand content. If you don’t have a dish, don’t worry, you can still get the package with those channels included for £35 per month using a Sky Go Monthly ticket.
The Sky Go Android app is currently available on the following phones: HTC Desire, HTC Desire S, HTC Desire HD, HTC Incredible, HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation XE, Google Galaxy Nexus (on Android 4.0), Samsung Galaxy S, Samsung Galaxy S2, Samsung Galaxy S3 and Samsung Galaxy Note.
If all you want is the football however, we’ve got a treat for you. Released just this week is a Sky Sports TV Android app to complement the iOS version, and it gets you much the same service – live streaming of channels – for much less. For just £4.99 per month, you can watch all the Sky Sports channels and ESPN live on your phone. Billing is through your Google Play account as well so you won’t even need to faff about with credit card numbers.
ESPNFC (Android, iPhone, Windows Phone)
Got more than just the Premiership in mind? The popular ESPNsoccernet app for Android, iPhone and Windows Phone, which is about to be renamed ESPNFC, will sort you out. It’s stuffed full of up to the minute information for almost every league around the world, and lets you personalise it to deliver the important news for your favourite teams, whether they’re flying high in the Serie A or hoofing the ball badly down the pitch in the English Conference. The new look ESPNFC will feature lots more editorial from new contributors as well as the all important scorelines, including columns from Glenn Hoddle and Kevin Keegan.
ESPN Goals (Android, iPhone, Windows Phone, BlackBerry)
Of course, live streaming on your smartphone is all good and well, but it won’t help you with those Saturday 3pm kick offs the broadcasters aren’t allowed to show anyway. That’s where ESPN Goals come in. As soon as the blackout window lifts at 5.15pm, you can see clips from all the games with all the goals, and on other days, they’re ready to watch within a minute or two of taking place.
ESPN Goals has been around for a while, but it’s just received a big update. You can now watch match previews for every game, as well as pre-and post match analysis from the ESPN studio pundits. Best of all, it’s available on every smartphone platform so no-one’s left out.
New Star Soccer (Android, iPhone)
Forget half time orange slices, idle away the fifteen minute lull in the action with this unbelievably addictive footie sim slash roleplaying game. From developer New Star Games, it’s a twist on the typical footy management sim in that you’ve got to look after your player in his leisure time too. Score goals? Score at the races? It’s all possible, and it’s all underpinned by frighteningly addictive match play mechanics that are perfectly suited to a phone touch screen. It debuted earlier this year, but we’re still fiendishly hooked.