LiveScore – a Refreshing App for Soccer & Tennis Live Scores
Jul 30, 2011 8:31 AM –
LiveScore is the official app for LiveScore.com. Currently showing live and recent scores from both tennis and soccer games, the app is soon set to expand to incorporate basketball, hockey and cricket scores. The app itself is functional and accurate in addition to updating quickly and being easy to use. While here in the UK we wait anxiously for the Premier League Football (Soccer) season to start. LiveScore would appear to be a great option for anyone not able to watch the game live.
Tested on: HTC Desire HD
Pros & Cons:
- Clear smooth interface.
- Easy to use and understand.
- Refreshes quickly, and you can set your own refresh rate.
- Look set to expand beyond soccer and tennis to incorporate other sports.
- Huge variety of competitions covered, including soccer friendlies.
- Great for keeping up on top of scores, but limited in how much information is shown; i.e. no team line ups or associated news.
- Somewhat limited in the number of sports it covers, but this is due to expand.
Ever been invited to a wedding on the day of a big game? Perhaps that distant relatives funeral happens to fall on a play off day or some event that has been planned for ages coincides with a cup final. This has happened to me a number of times and frustrating as it is I had to bite the bullet and attend these occasions knowing I’m missing a (probably) classic game. Those days are clearly over now we have apps like LiveScore.
LiveScore is a smooth and quickly refreshing little application that gives a list of live and recently finished soccer games and tennis matches. The app also shows games to be played that day and when these begin, in your own local time.
There is a clear menu along the bottom and screen transitions between each section are very responsive. First you have scores of games currently both being played featuring team names, how much of the match has been played and the score. There is also a list of forthcoming same-day game fixtures here. Next you have a similar list of games with live sores and links to further live match information. This reduced list only incorporates games currently being played- this would probably be the screen you refer to most while you follow your game. There is a menu of leagues and competitions which are being played with associated matches, scores, scorers and in-game events (yellow cards, half time score, etc). Also in this section are links to games currently being played if they occur within these competitions. Next you have an option to change to tennis information- the icons now change to represent forthcoming games, live games and scores, competitions, etc. for tennis. Additionally you have a settings section and a refresh tab.
The soccer season hasn’t really started at the time of review but this app would appear to be in a good position to help fans keep up to date with scores and match events. An alternative would obviously be a normal sports website but these can be slow to update and suck up bandwidth. LiveScore reduces this by compressing data and making it available in a very lightweight app which is simple to use and access.
There is a vast range of competitions and events covered which includes friendlies, women’s soccer and international games so there should be no reason why you should miss out on following your teams match, just try not to shout out in triumph mid-way through your Uncle’s funeral huh?
To enhance speed and bandwidth priorities, the app would appear to sacrifice other information such as team line ups, referee names, attendance, etc. but I felt this wasn’t too big of a deal. I would have liked to see who was playing more than anything, but I’d prefer the app to be responsive than overly informative. The app is quite limited in terms of customizability, and LiveScore have preferred to keep the look and feel of the app similar to their own website which is a tasteful grey and orange. Obviously many will dismay at the lack of sports; tennis and soccer isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. However, LiveScore says they are endeavoring to add basketball, hockey and cricket coverage to the list so I expect this will become more popular as it grows.
LiveScore – Soccer menu
LiveScore – Soccer Scores
LiveScore – Soccer live scores
LiveScore – Match info
LiveScore – Coverage includes friendlies, under 21s and more
LiveScore – Options along the bottom of the app- easy to access
LiveScore – Tennis scores
LiveScore – Match info including events
LiveScore – Share app
LiveScore – Application settings
I think the last time I was unable to watch a match I was on a lengthy train journey and had to resort to using a website to keep me updated. It was laggy and buggy because the signal kept changing as I traveled and the website itself was a bit slow to update the live scores anyway. LiveScore would have been great for this as it updates quickly and doesn’t require huge bandwidth. As a Liverpool FC fan, I try and watch as many matches as I can but this would be incredibly useful for the days I an unable to. It is also an easy and quick way to see what other games are being played- I personally enjoy seeing Manchester United lose almost as much as I like seeing Liverpool win!
Ease of Use:
The app is geared towards ease of use and getting to the score you want quickly and smoothly. It does this superbly and there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to get to the match info you want within a few seconds of opening the app.
When this season kicks off I expect I shall be able to answer this more accurately. As a big fan I try and follow as many games as I can, but I will probably use the app more to see what’s going on in the games I am not watching than checking out my own match scores. This would suggest that would use the app at least a couple of times a week during the season. Saying that, there will also be the occasions where I can’t watch the match and LiveScore is my best bet to follow the scoreline.
The interface is very smooth and quick- ideal for users who need to know what’s happening fast. There is plenty of places to explore in terms of leagues, cups and competitions and I found these loaded quickly and without blip.
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