Review by Andrew Kameka on Friday June 06, 2014.
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By this time next week, most of the world will excitedly await the second day of the World Cup taking place in Brazil. Many of those excited football, or soccer depending on where you are, fans might want to check out the latest version of The Score app for Android. The Score is regularly one of the better apps for sports fans looking to track their favorite sports clubs, franchises, and leagues. It has dedicated sections for fixtures/schedules, tables/standings, news reports, and individual leaders. All of those features and more are now included in the updated app that includes a dedicated World Cup section.
The new World Cup section of The Score is designed to be the clearest companion app for following the quadrennial soccer competition. The prioritizes the section and shows a daily schedule of when each match starts in your local timezone. In addition to schedules, it also displays live betting odds for who is favored to win (unfortunately, seeing the draw odds require tapping on an individual match). Each matchup page also shows details about game location, and some say what happened the last time those two teams faced off in competitive matches. You can also narrow the view by group, so if you just want to know what's happening in the most contested Group G (Germany, Portugal, Ghana, USA), you can scroll down to that section to view tables.
The live competent of the app has the most potential. The Score pushes notifications when matches start or end, and when they have goals, red cards, substitutions, and breaking news. Users can disable any or all of those features, but with multiple games happening at once or during times when someone can't get to a television, many may wish to have the comfort of knowing everything that's happening as it happens. When a game completes, there are dedicated reports about how each goal was scored and a Bracket View for knockout rounds. The app also includes one-tap adding teams to favorites and adding all of that country's group matches to a Google calendar.
I'm somewhat disappointed by the lack of choices for news sources in The Score. Most of the stories are sourced from major agencies like the Associated Press and a few other major international newspapers that I don't read, so it would be nice to be able to include the perspective of my local outlets.
Aside from that complaint, The Score is an otherwise solid app. The app has been designed for Android and is easy to bounce around from one section to the next, and it wisely gives a great deal of control over what users see. The Score offers live updates or notifications about every aspect of the World Cup, but it can just as easily be a focused tool for following the pursuits of your favored team or even player. I'll be trying out a few more football apps over the weekend, but there's a good chance I might use The Score to help me track the teams I support. It's just too bad they happen to be in the same group (USA and Germany).
Andrew is based in Miami, Florida.