The ESPN ScoreCenter app from the Android Market is your typical “get all your scores here” kind of sports information software. It’s normal. There’s nothing fancy about it and that’s why I have to label this as the first “bad app” of this review blog. You would just expect more from a sports authority like ESPN.
Sure, it’s nice to have all the scores of your favorite teams in on tight little package, but it’s really nothing better than the Yahoo! Sports page. The only real difference for me is the little bits of information that is displayed while the app takes a huge amount of time to open on my phone. And even those little pieces of trivia aren’t that great.
Like many brand names, ESPN is following suit; throwing together a rather disappointing app to be used as a gateway to larger ESPN sites and news. The Android Market is not better for having this app and many users will be disappointed.
This comment from a user that was left on the review section of the Android Market says it all:
“App works great at providing sport scores/news, but it is extremely slow on my Atrix. Used previously on an iPhone and was buttery smooth. The slow clunkiness of this app forced me to move to ScoreMobile, which works much better than this app. Avoid this app unless they address the usability in the next update.”
The ESPN ScoreCenter App from the Android Market Features Include:
Rating on the Android Market review section: 4.2 out of 5 Stars
You get to customize your favorite or followed teams so that when you open the app the main screen will show all the scores of those teams. However, it doesn’t recognize when season are over evidently because my Boston Bruins score from their Stanley Cup win remained the entire off-season.
Scores, News and Standings from as many leagues around the world that you could ever want. Again, not much different than any sports pages.
” myTeams”: This is the feature that allows you to follow your favorite teams on one card. Pop in to get scoring updates or catch up on news coverage of your favorite teams from ESPN and from aggregated, local sources
The ESPN app likes to bill “The Lead” as cutting edge sports news, but again just another sports news/blog.
The Android Market site lists this as a feature: “Deep news and analysis across dozens of leagues, powered by ESPN’s ‘round-the-clock editorial staff”. However, there is nothing “deep” or powerful about this regurgitateds sports app.
Final Analysis: ESPN…you can do better than this. If CNN can give us an Android app that’s worth our time then at least put a little effort into yours.