Google announced a new update to Google Now today, including the availability of a widget for home and lockscreens, a function we first spotted yesterday. The widget is not the only new feature included in this update, the fourth released since Google Now was launched. Google has incorporated Rotten Tomatoes movie ratings on the Movie cards to help you make a decision about what movie to go see. Support for Fandago is included so users can pull up their ticket to be scanned at the movie theater. Combined with Google Now’s trip estimating function, you can even get a reminder about when to leave for the theater so you don’t miss the previews. » Read the rest
For all the fans of the 2K line of basketball games, you will be happy to know that you can play 2K13 anywhere you have a device running Android 4.0 or higher. Yesterday 2K Games released NBA 2K13 on the traditional consoles, but they also released it in the Google Play Store. The game costs $8 and won’t give you the full experience you get on a traditional console, but will let you play full exhibition games as any of the 30 teams. You can also recreate legendary performances in NBA’s Greatest Games mode or play as your favorite team in the Multiseason Mode. It uses the 2K basketball engine with controls optimized for mobile gaming. Normally I would not expect much from a game like this, Madden 12 anyone, but we will let you be the judge. Use the link or QR code after the break to check the game out in the Play Store.
Are you a fan of the MLB, NFL, Olympics, NBA, NHL, NCAA, Tennis, PGA, or NASCAR? Good news for you… popular sports app ScoreMobile has been reworked to support tablets, including the Nexus 7. Rather than updating the regular app to work for both phones and tablets, Score Media Ventures Inc. decided to release a tablet-specific version cleverly titled ScoreMobile Tablet.
This version includes everything you liked about the original, retrofitted to a tablet’s screen, plus adds features for TV companion viewing, like play-by-play analysis, interactive Live Blogs and Twitter streams of key games. With the Olympics in full swing, ScoreMobile made sure to add coverage for the London games in addition to the myriad of other sports it already covers.
Nexus 7 sports fans, download the app below for free from the Play Store.
NCAA March Madness is about to begin and just like last year they are going to make PC, smartphone and tablet apps available so you can keep up on all the action, wherever you are. Formerly March Madness on Demand, the new app, March Madness Live, should be available in Google Play for “selected” Android devices before the tournement gets under way on Monday, March 13th. The app will run $3.99 but will give you access to a slew of cool features such as:
- High quality live streaming video of every game
- Video highlights of every game
- Live radio broadcasts of every game
- Live scoring and stats
- Live tournament brackets
- NCAA Bracket Challenge game
- My Channels
- Social Arena
Those are just a few of the features you get for $3.99 and any basketball fan will love this app. Keep your eyes peeled for its release because we should see it over the next few days. Jump past the break to see the full press release. » Read the rest
With SuperBowl XLVI so close that you can smell the sweat off anxious fans, EA has put its latest Madden installment on sale on the Android Market for $0.99. At $4 less than its usual retail price, some virtual NFL aficionados might rejoice, though some might still have a sour taste in their mouth from previous EA games not pulling the same weight their iOS counterparts have. Unfortunately the Android version of Madden 12 apple hasn’t fallen too far from the tree as some users are reporting download issues, on top of incompatibility with newer phones like the Galaxy Nexus.
All-in-all a buck isn’t too bad for an EA game, regardless of it’s flaws. Give it a shot and tell us if you run into any of the issues other users are reporting.
GetGlue is everyone’s favorite check-in service for TV shows, Movies, and sports games so wouldn’t it be nice to carry on real-time conversations as well? GetGlue just added the feature, so whether you are watching sports, a reality show, or any other favorite show, you will become part of the real-time conversation. You will see friends who also checked-in and comments from other fans. GetGlue even filters the noise so only interesting comments show.
Along with real-time conversations, they have redesigned the user experience to be more chat-like. You will find a new home screen that is basically a menu that helps you get to where you want quickly, and the check-in flow is now streamlined as it now takes one less screen to check-in.
If you don’t already have GetGlue you have to give it a try. Download links below.
Yesterday Slacker Radio updated their Android app which added ESPN Radio content. If you are a free Slacker Basic Radio listener, you will have access to an interactive, programmed ESPN station. Things get a little better for Slacker Radio Plus and Slacker Premium Radio subscribers because they will have unlimited access that includes ad-free listening along with unlimited skips. Users will be able to create “highly personalized” myESPN Radio sports stations based on favorite sports, teams, or ESPN programs.
“Offering new and different ways for sports fans to access ESPN Radio content continues to be rewarding and exciting,” said Traug Keller, Senior Vice President, Production Business Divisions, ESPN, Inc. “This new relationship puts the fan more in control by providing customizable ESPN content.”
Slacker was already awesome, but if you are a big sports fan, this is a marriage made in heaven.
Full press release after the break:
Remember “the fitness phone” we mentioned last month, the Xperia Active? Well, it’s now available for pre order over at 3G.co.uk. The device is a match made in heaven for those exhibiting an active lifestyle. The handset sports a 3-inch capacitive touch display, a 1Ghz CPU, a 5 meg camera and will be dust proof and water resistant. It’s style meets function meets the outdoors.
In addition, there are a number of pre-loaded sports applications to suit your continuous active lifestyle. Among them are the iMapMyFitness app which works with the device’s GPS, compass, heart rate & pulse monitor and barometer. Furthermore, you’ll get Gingerbread 2.3, a 2GB micro sd card along with Bluetooth and WiFi. This thing has everything but the kitchen sink in it. Head over to 3G.co.uk to pre-order yours now for £229.99. Hit the break to check out a demo of Maria Sharapova testing the device’s waterproof capabilities and a commercial put out by Sony themselves. Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below. » Read the rest
PBA Bowling 2 is today’s Amazon free app of the day. If you like bowling games you will like this app, and if you never tried bowling games before, I still think you will still like it.
The graphics are really nice and the pin action is realistic. There are many options and items to unlock, but lets face it, it’s just bowling. It is supposed to be simple, and what makes bowling great is the games are quick. Sometimes you don’t have a lot of time, and it is nice to be able to play something that finishes in less than five minutes.
It is normally $2.99, but today it is free. Check out the video and then head over to Amazon and download.
- Play three game modes on three difficulty settings
- Track stats and scoring for tournaments
- Customize bowling balls with weight, graphics, textures, and special effects
- Use accelerometer or touch screen
- Toggle reflections, lighting, vibration, music, scoreboard, and crowd noises
- Tracks stats and scoring for tournaments.
- Lumber Liquidator PBA Tour locations: Las Vegas, Tokyo, Detroit, Indianapolis, and Reno.
- Three different throwing methods.
- Pin count and frame number displayed in 3-D bowling alley for up-to-date information.
**Please note: PBA Bowling 2 is not compatible with some tablets and older devices.**
As you all know, it’s the month of March which means one thing to college basketball fans: March Madness! So far in the Elite 8, Arizona and Florida have been knocked off by UConn and Butler, giving those teams a berth in the Final Four. VCU and Kansas are playing now, and Kentucky and North Carolina play later today.
For those of you Android users on the go, what better way to follow March Madness than with an app? Brought to you by AT&T, NCAA March Madness Fanzone lets you do just that. But don’t think this app is just a scoretracker; we’ll delve into the details after the break!