ESPNCricinfo has released a massive update to its iOS app just in time for the Champions League Trophy which begins today.
The update takes the app to version 3.0 and is a massive improvement of the previous version seeing a face lift in the user interface as well as the features that have been added, some of which were very much required.
With the update, we can say that the best cricket site now has the best mobile app to go along with it.
While the app still maintains its core content of cricket, it has tried to take a new approach to presenting and packaging it. Below are just some of the new features and modifications to the existing app.
You can now favorite articles which can be read offline later. There is greater social integration to share content easily through Facebook and Twitter.
Exclusive content from the website like Number crunching, Quote Unquote and Did You Know are now available on the mobile app as well.
The sites’ ESPNcricinfo Conversations, has been embedded into the app, for users to read and post comments through their Facebook login. The comments will be synced across apps and the web.
One of the highlights is Mobile story that gives a brief summary of each article, which is great to get an idea of the story you are reading. This also applies for all blog posts. The Photo Gallery is now high resolution and users can view the pictures as a slideshow.
There is now an Interactive Quiz and Glossary section to keep you occupied when there is no match going on. The Push Notifications and alerts have been enhanced so one would never miss a score update or breaking news. The player profiles have also been enhanced and provide a greater amount of information about each cricketer.
The match center has been completely revamped and offers faster score updates, related news and multi-media stories and rich statistics.
Review of the App
We have been playing around with the app for the last few days and can say that the experience is the best of any cricket app. The UI looks refreshed and there are nifty animations like a cricket ball rolling while one waits for something to load, giving it a very sporty look. Load times on the app have also improved and one won’t have to wait too long.
The Menu is very detailed and one can get access to any part of the app from just one screen. Each access to audio/video, snippets and other features are easily found here.
Everything in the app can be accessed by just swiping across like a carousel, a great way to use gesture based navigation.
This app has also taken a unique approach by including a short cut tray, which can be accessed from anywhere in the app and one can decide where to place it – on the right or left of the screen. We loved this feature and can definitely see it catching on with more apps.
Cricinfo, the website has got a lot of great content that use to get lost in the mobile app. The new app takes care of this discovery problem by highlighting specials and blogs and you can find some great pieces of writing here.
The search has also been revamped and now goes through the entire database and includes images and videos.
Other Operating Systems
When we spoke to the developers, they confirmed to us that this is just the first of many changes we can expect in the add. They say that a lot more video consumption is happening on the go and Cricinfo will be experimenting with that forward in the next few months.
The update to Android app is also expected in the next few days and will have all the features of the iOS app. The Windows Phone updated app should be out by the first week of July.
Over the next couple of months, updated apps for all platforms including Asha will be released.
Download: ESPNCricinfo 3.0 (free)