Monthly Archives: June 2010
The world’s most exciting sports tournament, the FIFA World Cup, is underway in South Africa and many predict this to be the first event to dominate smartphones. The tournament takes place at a time when smartphones are increasingly popular and competition is intensifying, particularly in the mobile apps market. As iPhone, Android, Symbian and Blackberry battle it out for supremacy the hype surrounding the World Cup provides an opportunity for developers to stake their claim for providing the best platform.
The most exciting World Cup themed apps have appeared for Android and are thus the most widely available to football fans. There is a wide selection available for Android users who want to stay in touch with the month long competition. The selected five Android apps all have features which are somewhat different and offer football fans the most up to date tournament information. The most exciting aspect of the various Android apps is that even the most casual football fan and World Cup follower can find an app that is suited to them.
The World Droid Cup is the most downloaded Android application for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and with such an array of features included its obvious why the app has gained such popularity. Once downloaded, the user is able to view all the tournament group listings and all the fixtures. One great feature is the ability to track scores throughout the tournament in real-time, allowing the user to stay right up to date with the action. The app also has a handy competition tree feature which, apart from neatly laying out every teams route to the final, has individual information sections for each game that provide great details such as venue, time and tournament stage. Arguably the best feature of World Droid Cup is the stadium map. All of the locations for each game are identified using Google Maps, allowing the user to learn facts such about the stadium, the city and the number of games played at each venue.
Despite not being the most imaginatively titled application, the 2010 World Cup app is one of the most comprehensive released in Android format for the tournament. The app’s standout feature is the detailed calendar which uses flags on each date to show the day’s matches, removing the need for users to scroll to numerous pages. Users can access each day on the calendar to read a thorough summary of all the day’s fixture information.
The 2010 World Cup app also makes use of a simple and straightforward news panel which allows users to stay informed of all the latest news stories throughout the month long event.
World Cup 2010 is another substantial application that any World Cup soccer fan should be downloading onto their Android phone. The tournament’s fixtures, group standings, results, live updates, latest news and several other selections are all easily accessed through the navigation bar at the top of the screen. The navigation bar allows users to explore the daily fixtures and open and collapse features as they browse. Whilst this app is not as feature heavy as others downloading the application is worthwhile due to the extensive volume of news content available to the football fan.
4. Yamgo TV
Yamgo does not require any software download, and is therefore not technically an app; however no Android phone would be complete during this World Cup without a bookmark to Yamgo. The free mobile TV and video network are streaming every game live and Android users can enjoy quality only previously available to those with an iPhone. The service is easy to use and only requires the completion of a simple registration form to gain instant access to the best mobile entertainment.
Users also have access to exclusive interviews, press conferences and behind the scenes footage from every team taking part in the tournament. The Outdoor Sport Channel, broadcasting hourly ITN Sports Bulletins and World Cup updates live from South Africa, is exclusive to Yamgo’s mobile TV network.
The service is free and delivers all the live games broadcast on the BBC and ITV, and provides optimised streaming over a 3G or Wi-Fi connection. Once registered, Android users are able to watch live TV channels and enjoy a vast array of video on demand content, including various skiing, Formula 1, paragliding, mountain climbing, horse riding, hot air ballooning, motor sports, cycling, wake board sports, transalpine running, the Beach Volleyball World Cup, marathons, drag racing, kart racing, surfing competitions, golf, the Football League, skydiving, basejumping and bikini babes.
The final app worth considering by Android World Cup fans is the Goal.com application. The main feature of the app is a regularly updated news feed, supported by a breaking news section found in the navigation bar. The navigation bar also provides soccer fans with easy access to live scores, team sheets, fixtures, results and group tables. Also included in the app is club news from major leagues such as England, Italy and Spain, allowing football fans to stay up to date with any developments at their favourite clubs during the summer.
In the build up to England’s crucial World Cup match against Algeria, fans will be able to watch and hear Fabio Capello’s final press conference for free live on their mobile phones.
Global Mobile TV and Video network Yamgo has teamed up with the internationally recognised Outdoor Sport Channel to deliver exclusive free access to the England World Cup Squad for mobile phone users.
The collaboration will deliver a live video stream of the sporting action from the FIFA World Cup in South Africa allowing England fans access to Fabio Capello’s pre-match thoughts for free.
As the excitement and anticipation grows ahead of the vital group game, exclusive player interviews, press conferences and behind the scenes footage from the Three Lions training camp will allow England fans to experience the atmosphere of the World Cup anywhere.
Throughout the tournament, Yamgo will deliver daily ITN sports news bulletins to allow England supporters to get closer to their team and stay up to date with the latest from the World Cup.
Yamgo CEO and Founder Ian Mullins added “Live mobile TV brings the fans closer to the team. The whole country is watching the World Cup and cheering for England. Yamgo is proud to deliver free exclusive access to the English squad on mobile phones for the first time. Come on England.”
In addition to the exclusive World Cup coverage, sports fans can indulge in programming about world cup skiing, Formula 1, paragliding, mountain climbing, horse riding, hot air ballooning, motor sports, cycling, wake board sports, transalpine-running, the Beach Volleyball World Cup, marathons, air flight days, drag racing, kart racing, surfing competitions, golf and the Football League.
Yamgo’s free live TV and video service provides almost all mobile consumers with the highest possible picture quality using the existing video player in the user’s mobile phone and does not require any additional software or application download.
Yamgo operates optimised streaming that adapts the picture quality to the available network connectivity, minimising any buffering and providing a viewing experience even whilst on the move. Sports fans worldwide can register with Yamgo today at http://www.yamgo.mobi and enjoy immediate access to the extensive sports broadcasting.
With the World Cup now less than twenty four hours away, a recently published survey indicates that over a third of English fans are preparing to skive off work to watch the tournament. The YouGov poll of almost 2,500, found that around thirty-eight percent of full-time workers aged between 18 and 45 were intending to disregard work to support the England team. Another twenty-three percent of those questioned intend to book time off and five percent were planning to throw a sickie.
The TUC union have urged bosses to operate more flexible working hours which would allow football fans to make up the time after a game in a bid to prevent so many of the workforce from downing tools during the tournament. However, lawyers have warned that offering England fans flexible working conditions specifically for the football could be discriminatory. Bosses must also consider the implications for not offering the same benefits to those workers who aren’t English supporters or those who don’t even follow football. Such a policy may be deemed illegal.
Undoubtedly businesses across the country could gain from the atmosphere and vigour that international football matches create. There is no doubt that following the economic troubles of the past eighteen months and the subsequent damage to workers morale a tournament such as the World Cup could provide a valuable boost. However, companies are unlikely to feel this benefit if many of the workers are taking the day off.
The solution to the problem may be found in the mobile phones that every worker keeps in their pocket. Mobile TV is primed for a surge in user numbers during the tournament and the live streaming service, provided by companies such as Yamgo, will allow fans to enjoy all the action and every goal whilst still completing their work. Instead of taking days off, phoning in sick or ignoring the company’s phone calls users will be able to turn up for work knowing that they can still watch every moment of football from South Africa.
On the eve of the World Cup, global mobile TV and video network Yamgo has launched a new streaming mobile video service enabling fans to receive free goals on the go for the first time via their mobile TV phones.
The new service introduced in partnership with the leading independent sports production company, visionsport.TV provides fans of the beautiful game with free access to hours of the greatest sporting action direct to their pocket TV phone for the first time.
Whether they are travelling to a match, enjoying a beer with friends or relaxing after a day in work fans can enjoy highlights and goals from some of footballs greatest players with optimised streaming delivered to their portable TV.
Fans around the world can enjoy streaming action from an extensive collection of classic mobile video content featuring some of the Premier Leagues most prestigious clubs, including Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Wolves, West Ham and Spurs.
The development in smartphone streaming technology means watching football on mobile TV devices has become easy, enjoyable and hugely entertaining. The TV picture quality is outstanding since Yamgo’s streaming TV and video technology allows viewers to access visionsports footage on almost any mobile TV device by streaming mobile video using a 3G or WiFi connection.