Review – BBC Sports App (iOS)

by Back Page Football

BBC Sports App

The recently launched  BBC sports app for iOS is the perfect way to keep up to date with sports news from around the globe while you’re on the go.

It comes from the same people who look after the BBC.com website which attracts 58 million unique visitors each month.

Currently available for free everywhere except the UK, the app features specific pages for football, formula 1, cricket, rugby union, rugby league, tennis, and golf.

The “More Sports” tab also gives access to news on other sports, with everything from American Football to Wrestling covered, though you are taken to the main BBC site to view these.

The app is customisable to allow the user to add and remove their own quick links, with the home screen displaying the latest big stories.

For football fans there is easy access to:

  • Daily live text commentaries from BBC journalists.
  • Detailed live scores, match stats and text commentaries.
  • A page for teams including the Premier League.
  • A full season’s fixtures and results searchable by day.
  • League tables.

 

The app is essentially a mobile version of the full site, however stories load very quickly and are much easier on the eye than if they were to be viewed in Safari, while handy drop down sections help cut down on excessive scrolling,

The navigation is intuitive and there is an option to share stories via email, Facebook and Twitter (though it would be handy if the link pre-populated in the relevant app rather than in a window that requires you to log in to your account).

While there is some room for improvement (push notifications and the ability to add your team to your quick links would be nice), it’s quite good for a first effort and certainly worth picking up at no cost. 

To have a play with the app for yourself, simply head to the Apple store and download it for free.

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