So, we are back again with some World Cup material for you. While we listed a few free apps for the Android earlier, we have one for review called Cricket World Cup 2011 by Apppli for Android. Read on to find out what about the app appeals us most.
The app is pretty simple and easy to use. The main menu laid out vertically has Matches (Live!), World Cup Tree, Points Table, Teams, Twitter, Grounds and News options. Apart from one instance of an error, the app works smooth and transition between all menus and everything else is fine.
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While you can catch the current matches live, there are options to check out results and fixtures as well. In the Live match section, there is an option to catch commentary which is not the fancy stuff you get on TV, but gives you the required information. Otherwise, there’s the ball-by-ball update that lets you check out the score after every ball which has a slight delay of about a minute or two. The Results option lists out all the past matches played with every single detail of the match and the Fixtures option has all the upcoming World Cup fixtures with date, place et al.
Simple to use interface
The World Cup Tree has three divisions of Group A, Group B and the Super Eight section. In each group, every team’s points are listed with a brief detail of results of their past matches plus there’s details of their upcoming fixtures.
Err.. those are not World Cup fixture listings!
The Points Table has the two groups listed as well, but with a detailed chart of how many matches each team has played, the no. of matches won/lost/no result/tie, points and net run rate. It’s a nice way to quickly glance through the different teams that have played and other details. The Teams option lets the user browse through the various teams with their statistics and team players. The players have a bio described of each player with their particular stats listed as well which is pretty informative as well.
The Twitter option doesn’t let you tweet but rather access other tweets about the World Cup like pictures, scorecards or news. Speaking about news, the app has a News option with all World Cup related news from BBC. And at last there’s a Grounds section that lets you browse through the various stadia being used for the World Cup along with the different fixtures being held there.
All in all, every feature is pretty informative and easy to use, as well. There’s not much of searching around and you can easily find out any specific detail like live scores or upcoming fixtures, easily.
Considering the fact that Cricket World Cup 2011 app from Apppli is free, it makes for a great download, especially, if you want to catch every World Cup related piece of information as and when it happens. There’s a paid version which is priced at Rs. 72.89 but all you have is freedom from some advertisements which aren’t much of a problem anyway. The only flipside I feel is that this app is completely World Cup oriented. The official ESPNcricinfo app by ESPN is another neat app which will let you track every cricket event.