Saturday, 13 August 2011

Official Barclays Football app joins the Android fray

A couple days ago ESPN updated the ESPN Goals app for iOS and Android, bringing free
near-live video for the entire 2011-2012 season of the Barclays Premier
League. Today, we got the first version of the official Barclays
Football app, so how does it stack up against ESPN?

official Barclays Football app offers some of the same features as
ESPN, like the standard table, fixtures, results, and game stats. But,
in addition to those standards, Barclays brings some other pretty
interesting features, including:

Official Barclays Football app joins the Android fray

  • In-app
    competition with the chance to win tickets every 90 minutes

  • Live
    text commentary of games

  • Options to add fixtures to your

  • Augmented reality to find amenities near football
    stadiums (but it works everywhere)

  • Instant chat on Facebook
    within the app

  • Premier League trending topics on Twitter

  • In
    depth team and player statistics such as who’s scored the most goals,
    how many goals scored in injury time, shots on target, number of
    handballs and much more, which can be tailored to any Barclays Premier
    League club

Barclays Football app is also a bit smoother in transitions than ESPN,
and obviously offers quite a lot more as far as stats and interactive
features, but getting the near-live video clips from ESPN is a big draw,
so it's up to you whether you want more stats or video. Of course, if
you're a football fan outside of Europe, the Barclays app is the only
option, unless you have a rooted phone and can spoof your Market
location like we did. And, even if you don't live near a football
stadium, the built-in AR feature will help you find restaurants, ATMs
and more no matter where you are (it worked perfectly in downtown

The official Barclays Football app is
available for free in the Android Market.

Install Barclays Football (Android Market link)


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