IPL 2014 is set to kick off tomorrow when Mumbai Indians take on the Kolkata Knight Riders at Abu Dhabi. More often than not, you will find yourself at office or commuting back home when the matches begin. But instead of worrying about missing the action, here are five must-have apps that will keep you abreast with the matches by giving you live updates or showing the matches live on your smartphone or tablet.
The official IPL app developed by Pulse Innovations is the one stop shop for everything related to the T20 tournament. While it may not have the live streaming functionality, it has all the latest news, live scoreboards, fixture list, points table and player and team statistics for cricketing nerds. You can download the official IPL for iOS, Android, Windows Phone or visit a special site developed for feature phones.
The USP of CriBol is its touch-free experience. So if you are busy working or driving and can’t repeatedly look at your phone, this app will give you timely voice notifications. These notifications give you real-time score updates as well as notify you of any turning point in a match, like the bowler taking a wicket or the batsman reaching a half century. Think of it as new age way of listening to voice commentary on a radio. You can download CriBol from the Play Store.
UCBrowser for Android has been given a “Cricket 2014” update, which introduces a host of new shortcuts to access the latest information about the sport. The homepage now has a new Cricket tab, which is automatically updated with the latest scores, stats, photos and videos of the IPL 2014. The company has also released an add-on aptly named “Cricket”, which essentially sends a popup notification on the browser before an upcoming match. Keeping with the IPL theme, the browser also gets a couple of Cricket-related games including the IPL Guessing Game.
It is hard to miss starsports.com’s IPL advertisements on the television these days. The website will not only be offering a comprehensive coverage of IPL 2014, but will also be live streaming the matches. The app on Android and iOS will stream the matches live, while also showing the latest scores, news and fixture list. The only catch though is that you will need to buy a subscription to watch the live matches. You will have to pay Rs 20 to watch any and all matches happening on that particular day.
The GoCricket app for iOS and Android not only keeps you up-to-date with the latest match scores and news, but will also be live streaming matches on the app. For when there are no matches, the app also offers a ton of videos to keep your cricket hunger satiated. You can head over to the Play Store or the App Store to download the GoCricket app.
Besides the above mentioned apps, Android and iOS users also have Google Now to help them keep track of IPL. Last month, Google introduced Cricket cards on Google Now, which means the digital assistant will notify you as soon as your favorite team is about to play and will also automatically show the latest scores.