December 19, 2008 | by Andrew Kameka
The NCAA bowl season is days away, the NBA regular season is roaring along, and the NFL playoff race is heating up. These are exciting times for fans of multiple sports, and Google’s Scoreboard Android app makes keeping track of it all much easier.
Scoreboard provides a one-press source for following several teams and leagues. Android users previously had to task switch between several apps in order to see scorelines for football, basketball, or soccer. Scoreboard now allows them to launch one game-tracking tool that provides updates for up to 24 leagues.
Google’s latest app released into the Android Marketplace consolidates game schedules, television information, and scores into one easy to navigate app. It also takes care of another nagging challenge – staying informed about sports without having to peek at the G1 moment after moment. A customizable notification system allows users to be updated periodically by quarter, half, period, inning, game, or whenever a goal, touchdown, or run is scored. That means no more constantly checking your phone at work or your best friend’s wedding – the updates are channeled directly into the Android notification system.
Scoreboard is a shining example of Google ingenuity; however, the program isn’t yet the all-encompassing tool that sports nuts crave. While scores and schedules are great, fans also obsess about statistics and player performance. Scoreboard updates if Manchester United scores a late goal, but it doesn’t specify if Cristiano Ronaldo or Wayne Rooney is the match hero. Fantasy sports enthusiasts will especially desire such in-game stats and updates to gain a sense of how players on their fantasy team perform.
The convenience factor Scoreboard offers is a tremendous tool for any sports fan. Users can mark multiple teams from several leagues as favorites, gaining quick access to game information without toggling through several apps. Though more informative, sport-specific apps by Plusmo and others cannot be replaced just yet, T-Mobile G1 users have scored a great app in Scoreboard.
Scoreboard supports the following leagues: NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAA Football, NCAA Basketball, MLB, WNBA, CFL, EPL, Champions League, and UEFA Cup.
To add more soccer — or football for our European readers — leagues, launch Scoreboard and type “easter.soccer” without quotes. Once you power off the G1 and restart your phone, you’ll gain access to teams from La Liga (Spain), Bundesliga (Germany), Serie A (Italy), and 10 other leagues around the world.
Screenshots courtesy of [Phandroid]