March Madness and MLB love on the Android

Mar 8, 2010
Misc

It’s March, so I hope you weren’t planning on getting too much work done. With smart phones like Android devices only an arm’s length away at nearly any moment, it’s easier than ever to dive head first into NCAA and baseball scores, commentary, and player updates. Between March Madness and the Major League Baseball season […]

It’s March, so I hope you weren’t planning on getting too much work done. With smart phones like Android devices only an arm’s length away at nearly any moment, it’s easier than ever to dive head first into NCAA and baseball scores, commentary, and player updates.

Between March Madness and the Major League Baseball season getting under way, March is ripe for some serious sports news.  Here are some Android apps that will help you stay on top of things with your NCAA teams during the men’s basketball tournament, as well as get you ready for the upcoming baseball season.

When you can’t get to the game, real-time scoring updates are just about as good as it gets. The free College Basketball Live Android app gives you scores, news, and a personalized home page to keep track of conference teams, even those that end up being specific to March Madness.

March Madness for Android

For a few additional personalization options, the NCAA Basketball Scoreboards Android app lets you set auto-updates and viewing options. Set “Team Favorites” to keep a close eye on your alma mater (or teams you just happen to like), and receive score updates on your home screen. The 99-cent Android app is limited to scores, but can be helpful for such basics.

March Madness wouldn’t be complete without a bracket manager. PocketBracket has extended its brand to the Android Market, being one of the only notable bracket tools in the app store. For $1.99, you can create unlimited brackets, organize your pools, and see how you stack up against other users.

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For news as well as analysis, try the Talk Hoops Android app.  Free, the Android app acts as a basketball media channel, aggregating articles and editorials regarding the sport. Categories are broken down, and content is searchable as well.  Set your alerts, choose which sources to include in the feed, and share items with friends.

Overlapping Android apps

To keep up with NCAA and other sports such as baseball, the Live Scores Android app can help.  While basic in looks, the free Android app is broad in its sports coverage. Scores are broken down based on their sport, with additional categories for stats and scoring.

Sports Trivia isn’t much to look at, but it is a fun way to get into the spirit of March Madness or baseball season. Put your knowledge to the test, or brush up on some sports tidbits that will help you make the best of the seasons and the tournaments. The free Android app covers several genres, from tennis to soccer.

Android apps for baseball only

MLB At Bat is a new release from the league, bringing a sense of official-ness to the Android Market. Having been a leading iPhone app on iTunes, MLB’s $14.99 Android app grants access to live audio coverage of games, real-time scores, player stats and video highlights. GPS integration keeps you tied into local games, with analysis and news included in the Android app as well.

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Plusmo’s Pro Baseball Live makes sports a little more social with Facebook and Google Chat integration. Get real time scores and chat with your friends about the ongoing baseball games from your phone.  The free Android app lets you follow MLB teams, shows you the latest standings, and helps you track your team.

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