Friday, June 11, 2010

World Cup Comes to Mobile

Many of you know that I work in the mobile app biz and I thoroughly love futbol (soccer for the colonists on this side of the pond ;). With the World Cup 2010 in South Africa kicking off (yes, that was a pun) today, I'm ecstatic that Handmark is bringing the mobile industry's premiere mobile app for the World Cup, downloadable from your mobile device at http://m.goal.com/app or from your desktop. Here's my review.

Pros:
  • Free - those of you that know me understand this is a must.
  • Multi-platform support - iPhone, Android, Window Mobile, BlackBerry, JME devices
  • Free - didn't I already mention that ;)
  • Up-to-date news from GOAL.com, not only for World Cup, but EPL, MLS, UEFA, and many others
  • Free - can't get over that one
  • LIVE SCORES - this is huge. Mostly large pay-for-models give you live scores but this is, again...FREE
  • Fixtures and Results by day
  • Group Stage w/team standings
  • Knockout Stage w/final tournament schedule
  • News coverage provided by team of 550 reports, including 10 based in SA for the finals
  • Social - Twitter, Facebook, Delicious and more for sharing articles and the app itself
  • Offline reading capabilities when mobile network is down (does this happen anymore?)
Cons:
  • NONE - see first bullet point in the Pros section ;)
Here's what others are saying about the app.

"Goal.com Mobile application delivers
everything you need to know about football. With provocative
commentaries, exclusive interviews and vivid photos, Goal.com mobile
keeps you in the know no matter where you are. Delivering instant,
real-time access to breaking Goal.com football news.
" -- Antonio Wells of Androidtapp.com

"...mobile app such as Goal.com gives me a quick World Cup fix when I need
an update.
" - Kevin C. Tofel of GigaOM

"IMHO, the Goal.com application is top of the bill." - Robin Walters of TechCrunch

Here are some screenshots.





So what are you waiting for? Go get yours today. It's FREE!!!

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