Every year, millions of people spend their summer counting down the three-odd months of off season for European football. It feels like some kind of forced hibernation until, finally, the various competitions are kicked off and the games come thick and fast. For any fan, the season begins with a whole lot of hope and promise, and tools to keep track of the happenings at each and every ground become priceless.
Unfortunately, so far there’s been no single app that could be defined as a “killer” app to do exactly that. Scoremobile’s been around for a while, but I’ve found it unreliable on several occasions. Eurosport’s there, with decent text play-by-play commentary, but it lacks notifications (at least I couldn’t find it anywhere within the app). This year, though, things are looking good thanks to Live Score Addict, a new app that is a must have for all soccer fans.
It does an excellent job doing the most important part: keeping you informed about what’s happening through notifications for various incidents (such as the start of a match, red cards, goals, half/full time, etc). It provides those notifications faster than any sports app I’ve ever tried. But that’s not all it does. It provides you with live stats from matches, live league standings, and even video highlights (via YouTube). And it does so in a gorgeous way.
There are some things I’d like to see them improve upon, such as allowing us to change refresh frequency based on other factors such as WiFi/Cellular data or battery status. I would also like to see text commentary for at least the big games. But that’s really clutching for straws to find something to point out.
What I would like to know, though, is how the developer intends to monetize it. The app is free and I haven’t seen any ads on it. There’s a lot of content in the app which would have cost quite a bit of money. Heck, the schedule for the English Premier League is copyrighted and distribution rights alone cost over GBP 5000 (almost $8000) prior to VAT. I wouldn’t grudge the developer looking to make money for the app in any way in the future, and I would definitely pay for it, but typically I like to know such things early on. Maybe they’re looking for something less intrusive than apps, maybe looking to sell the app to some interested media corporation or maybe looking to link to content within the app with a media outlet with a revenue sharing deal. Whatever it is, I wish them the best, because that’s what they’ve provided us with.