The Cricket World Cup is about to kick off this Saturday and ESPN Cricinfo has just launched its official Android and iOS apps just in time. Cricinfo which has recently been taken over by ESPN, is a website that brings us the most comprehensive cricket coverage from around the world. The good news is that the app, featuring a special World Cup section includes all of ESPNcricinfo’s in-depth coverage including ball-by-ball commentary, breaking news, incisive opinion pieces from the World’s best cricket writers and audio and video features.
There is no widget to give you a live scores at a glance, but there are push notifications to keep you updated when major events like a wicket occur in the game. The app is pleasing to the eye and customizable. Once you select your country, it tailors the news to your taste.
(Options for selecting when push notifications will be triggered, the homescreen of the app)
(You can keep up with multiple games at the same time, also use the dedicated World Cup section to stay on top of current standings)
- Live game coverage – Commentary, scorecard, match graphics, photographs, reports and player profiles from every international game.
- ‘Lean back’ mode – Switch the app to lean back mode, place your device on your table and follow live scores throughout a busy work day.
- Push notifications – Get instant alerts for wickets, batsman milestones and score updates during live matches.
- World Cup 2011 – Dedicated cricket World Cup 2011 section featuring squads, standings and stats and exclusive video content.
- Personalisation – Customise news, results and fixtures by your favourite team.
- Video/Audio – Watch and listen to the latest ESPNcricinfo video and audio podcasts.
- Magazine – Read from a selection of the best features from ESPNcricinfo Magazine
- News, Results, Fixtures, Records and Rankings
The above screenshots are from my Android powered Galaxy S, however a visually similar app is also available for iOS. Unfortunately, there is no similar ‘official’ Cricinfo app on the Ovi Store, but you might find lesser equivalents.
The ESPNCrininfo app is a free download on both iOS and Android and if you follow cricket, is a must download.