February 14, 2011

Introducing ESPNcricinfo's iPhone app

As a long-time sucker for Apple's temptations, I have been waiting for this one with childlike anticipation. And now that it is on my phone, I can say, hand on heart, that ESPNcricinfo's iPhone app is a thing of beauty
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Forgive me if this sounds a bit gushing, but as a long-time sucker for Apple's temptations, I have been waiting for this one with childlike anticipation. And now that it is on my phone, I can say, hand on heart, that ESPNcricinfo's iPhone app is a thing of beauty. And before anyone accuses me of being an Apple evangelist, let me add that this app is also available on the Android platform.

Shrinking a huge site like ours to fit a mobile device was a challenge. "It's a bit like building a scale model of a luxury car," says Anil Nair, our director of Wireless Services. "The only difference is, you need to be able to drive it."

Anil and his team have done quite a job of it. We have had a fairly handy mobile-optimised site for a couple of years now, but I have always preferred to use the full site, even on my phone, which can be a struggle at lower bandwidths. I can happily switch over to the iPhone app now: it gives richness and depth at a good speed.

Like all good iPhone apps, ours is simple and intuitive. The home screen offers quick access to news, scores and results, and to our lead writers. And the full menu offers a lot more, including video and audio, the full magazine section, and records. I was curious about how they'd fit cricket records tables, which often run into several columns, on a phone screen. They have found a simple solution: the columns are stacked up vertically, as against the traditional across-the-page display.

Perhaps the niftiest thing about the app is the lean-back mode, which gives you the option of turning your home screen into a digital clock-like display, with scores ticking away instead of time. There are push notification options for instant alerts for wickets, batsman milestones and score updates during live matches. You also have the ability to customise and filter news, results and fixtures by the team of your choice.

Almost without our noticing it, nearly 25% of the traffic on ESPNcricinfo is now through mobile devices and the smartphone market is growing rapidly. This app is affirmation of our commitment to bring cricket to you in the best-possible manner on each of your preferred platforms.

Like many of the really good things in life, the app is free.

You can download the app here.

PS: A lot of you have enquired about the Android app. It has been launched and can be found here.

Sambit Bal is the editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • Mahesh on November 9, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    Recent Ind Vs WI 1st test match-- I saw Laxman scored 58 runs but in my iphone app it is showing 61 runs. Which is correct.

  • rishi on February 22, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    Iphone users might be less number in India but we should consider itouch users also

  • Sharad Shinde on February 20, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    Being a cricket fan and one whoa has just aquired a Iphone I realised that Cricinfo is the BEST aap that i have down loaded . The speed at which i get all the info and the beautifuly organised data esp. the black screen showing just the score is a delight to use. HATS OFF TO THE TEAM AT CRICINFO

  • Akbar Khan on February 16, 2011, 0:35 GMT

    Thanks for the great application. It's very helpful and professional.

    One thing thats missing in application is full scoreboard for match. Or may be I could not figure out how to watch full scoreboard for live match.

    Regards

  • Farhan Iqbal on February 16, 2011, 0:24 GMT

    Hi all, Does anyone know what the total prize money is for this WC2011? Winner, runners up, etc.?

    thx.

  • SP on February 15, 2011, 22:01 GMT

    For android version, go to the Market and search for ESPNcricinfo. There is one for Android version, too.

  • PK on February 15, 2011, 20:40 GMT

    We need one for Ipad.

  • Prashanth on February 15, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    For android App, Search in the market as espncricinfo. It is available. What a great app... Thanks Cricinfo

  • Akshay Khanna on February 15, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    Awesome app!! Available for android as well. Download it from android market. Installed it on my HTC Wildfire.

  • CricketPissek on February 15, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    thanks for the Droid link. Installed it on my HTC Desire and it is smooooth. so much better than the clunky Mobicast one i had and deleted before. great work

  • Mahesh on November 9, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    Recent Ind Vs WI 1st test match-- I saw Laxman scored 58 runs but in my iphone app it is showing 61 runs. Which is correct.

  • rishi on February 22, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    Iphone users might be less number in India but we should consider itouch users also

  • Sharad Shinde on February 20, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    Being a cricket fan and one whoa has just aquired a Iphone I realised that Cricinfo is the BEST aap that i have down loaded . The speed at which i get all the info and the beautifuly organised data esp. the black screen showing just the score is a delight to use. HATS OFF TO THE TEAM AT CRICINFO

  • Akbar Khan on February 16, 2011, 0:35 GMT

    Thanks for the great application. It's very helpful and professional.

    One thing thats missing in application is full scoreboard for match. Or may be I could not figure out how to watch full scoreboard for live match.

    Regards

  • Farhan Iqbal on February 16, 2011, 0:24 GMT

    Hi all, Does anyone know what the total prize money is for this WC2011? Winner, runners up, etc.?

    thx.

  • SP on February 15, 2011, 22:01 GMT

    For android version, go to the Market and search for ESPNcricinfo. There is one for Android version, too.

  • PK on February 15, 2011, 20:40 GMT

    We need one for Ipad.

  • Prashanth on February 15, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    For android App, Search in the market as espncricinfo. It is available. What a great app... Thanks Cricinfo

  • Akshay Khanna on February 15, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    Awesome app!! Available for android as well. Download it from android market. Installed it on my HTC Wildfire.

  • CricketPissek on February 15, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    thanks for the Droid link. Installed it on my HTC Desire and it is smooooth. so much better than the clunky Mobicast one i had and deleted before. great work

  • Anonymous on February 15, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    its pretty cool (Very much available in the android market i dont what's this fuss all about)

  • Anand Narayanan on February 15, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    Kudos to the ESPNcricinfo team - the new app is a million levels above the old cricinfo mobicast app that was clunky. Having played around with it for a few hours, I agree with Sambit - the UI is beautiful. The only hitch, if that, is that the news page loads a little too slowly...but all in all, great product and superb timing

  • Azizul Hoque on February 15, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    Pleasseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee........make for android too. I use htc desire....and want to see this great app there too. Its urgently required.

  • Mithun on February 15, 2011, 3:48 GMT

    Android app please!!

  • Neelan on February 15, 2011, 3:13 GMT

    @ Abdul Basit

    Tilt the phone horizontal to get the full score card.

    Great app! Thanks Cricinfo

  • dusnt matta on February 15, 2011, 0:36 GMT

    oh sure u r not evangelist of Apple, coz u r of CricInfo. guess what u r an employee of it :-)

  • Vasu Krishnamurthy on February 14, 2011, 19:51 GMT

    The iphone app is awesome. The navigation is clever and intuitive. Within three taps or swipes you can get to precisely what you want to read, watch, or hear. And it is visually attractive. Congratulations to the development team!

  • Ramesh Shotham on February 14, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    Just downloaded the app on my iPad......works well:)

  • zulqarnain on February 14, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    it has been said in the comments before this as well.. kindly post the link to the android app as well... coz it is not available in the market nor anywhere online

  • Amjad Khan on February 14, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    When will the app be released for Windows Phone 7? Thanks.

  • Anonymous on February 14, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    it doesnt work on Android phone : HTC Evo !! always crash

  • Cross on February 14, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    I do have problems to load the live match scores. It takes forever and in the end never loads.

    Is this a known issue and are there any plans to fix it?

    - Cross

  • basher on February 14, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    thats a great APP ever I have. thanks a lot cricinfo.

  • Sir_Freddie on February 14, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    Please release an app for Windows Phone 7.

  • Hari on February 14, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    Hey Guys,

    The App is cool and I loved it.

    How ever I just found out a small flaw in the fixtures calendar entries which are not synced based on the actual schedule local timezone.

    It would be great to have this synced.

  • wilo on February 14, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    Android, Android, Android, where is it please???

  • Kartik V Iyer on February 14, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    Can someone please point me to the download area for the android version of this app?

  • Sameer on February 14, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    How about Blackberry users? What crime have we committed?..:-)

  • P.Satish on February 14, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    Don't have an iPhone but congratulations all the same to Cricinfo and their dev team. Look forward to versions for Symbian, Windows and Blackberry devices also.

  • Amrit Dhillon on February 14, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    Finally thank God. Your original iphone app was so poor it was untrue. I was even thinking of writing into you guys to get your act together. When you prefer to look at the full website as opposed to the App, you know there is something seriously wrong. But your new app is awesome,something which is more deserving of your website which is truly the best in the world!

  • VAN on February 14, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    Agree with John Sekar...if India is the largest cricket market it should be the largest or at least a very significant market for Cricinfo. In India, iPh**e users are a VERY small minority - outnumbered multiple times by Android and by orders of magnitude for Symbian.

    You should have had Android and Symbian apps out first, or sooner at least.

  • Preet on February 14, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    Is the Android version of the app already there or is cricinfo faking it? I see only the old(and bad) app in market when I try to search over there. The link in the article re-routes to to iTunes even when trying to browse it on my mobile phone.

  • yasitha on February 14, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    When is an iPad version coming out?

  • Haru on February 14, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    Dear Anil and your team, Please develop an app for Symbian devices also :)

  • shahab kalim on February 14, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    been using it.. kinda slow due to India's EDGE standards..

  • John Sekar on February 14, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    Where is the link for the Android version? Please post it ASAP. It is frustrating when sites pander to the iPhone and pretend other vendors don't exist.

  • Kunal on February 14, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    Yup, definitely much much better than the previous app that I had for cricinfo, which was an absolute disaster.

  • Rahul on February 14, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    Man, please get out an app for Symbian. Please.

  • michael on February 14, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    hi sambit.

    Great app. Wanted to know how to get the lean back mode on.

  • Zain ul Abdullah on February 14, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    nice app. can you design any prompt app for black berry smart phone. recetly Mobi Cast is expired.

  • Kuro on February 14, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    Excellent app, but still couple of shortcomings from the previous version still persists. Only the main headlines are displayed. For the other sub-headlines, I am still required to check the full website. Am I missing something here? And the commentary is for the balls only, the side discussions including mail from readers and the likes, the most entertaining part of cricinfo commentary, are not displayed. Further the commentary is displayed only after the first ball is bowled, so the news on toss and team is not available earlier!

  • Oveiz on February 14, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    When is d Android version coming.......Please lemme knw.......And also any open source can develop an App for watching livestreaming of the matching den it will like an ice on d cake...... Please guyzzzz use ur heads and find a solution for livestreaming of matches before d World Cup starts.........I guess all cricket lovers do agree with this........

  • Sarjapur Express on February 14, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    I was told it was an Indian company named July Systems who developed it for you. Nice job to all you guys....

  • shivam on February 14, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    when is it going to be released for symbian phones.... please do something about us also... we are in the majority..

  • Faisal on February 14, 2011, 7:22 GMT

    Where to find the android version? Why this question is not being answered?!?!

  • Swagat on February 14, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    What About Symbian App?..

  • Ayush on February 14, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    This app is one of the best things Cricinfo has come up with. The mobile version was useful, but it didn't quite capture the essence of something as vast as cricinfo. That's why this app is totally awesome.

  • yasser on February 14, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    The Android app in the market looks fake? How do I know it is the real one? Can I not download Crickinfos app from cricket.org?

  • Yasser on February 14, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    This is great news. Please make one for Android too before the world cup!

  • Prashant on February 14, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    Thanks! It was much needed.

  • Sachet on February 14, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    Where can we download this application from?

  • Abdul Basit on February 14, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    Very nice application. but how can i view full score board of a match.

  • Nadeem on February 14, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    Hats off to Anil and his team for a brilliant application. I am so excited about his ap.

    Thank you guys. Keep up the good work...

    Nadeem

  • Anonymous on February 14, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    Link to app store?

  • Dhruv on February 14, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    How do I get to the leanback mode?

  • Disappointed user on February 14, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    Where is the android app? All I see when I search for it is the old buggy one.

  • Moin on February 14, 2011, 5:59 GMT

    Waiting for the android app

  • Gopal on February 14, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    Just installed this App. It is a god send. The App is both cool and informative. Expect to be hooked on to it over the next few months. Great Show, ESPN Cricinfo team

  • Atul Joshi on February 14, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    Where's the one for Android? I need one for my NEXUS S

  • Kavir on February 14, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    Sorry Sambit, but I hope you aren't referring to the existing cricinfo app available on the android store. All that does is open on a blank page and sucks up battery, which in my opinion is quite apalling and unexpected considering the above write-up. Thus far that's the only app available on the android market from ESPNcricinfo, unless there's an update on the way that hasn't made it to the app store yet.

  • Nokiauser on February 14, 2011, 5:54 GMT

    Any plans for a similar app for Symbian 60 or symbain 3 for all the nokia users out there?

  • Aakash on February 14, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    Its a superb App. One which is must have for every cricket lover owning a phone which starts with an "i" :) Must say lot of thought has gone into the design and presentation of the App (the previous one was a such a downer). Its refreshingly simple yet attractive and offers all the things as on a full site. Kudos to Sambit and the team which has brought out this App.

  • arav on February 14, 2011, 5:32 GMT

    can someone point to android version???

  • navin on February 14, 2011, 5:27 GMT

    Guys, get an iphone :-)

  • Akash on February 14, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    What about blackberry apps?

  • shadley on February 14, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    What about blackberry? any idea when/if this is coming?

  • AB on February 14, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    cool.. but where's one for Android?? :-/

  • Anonymous on February 14, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    Can't wait for the android version

  • aditya on February 14, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    Good to know. Now I can check scores easily even when I am not in front of PC. Thanks.

  • Bharath on February 14, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    Hi,

    Can you tell me where is this app present for android? The one I see in Android Market is completely buggy and hopeless. Can someone point me to the correct app if at all it exists?

    Thanks, Bharath

  • Hammad Siddiqi on February 14, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    Just got the App. Excellent design and more importantly, very user friendly. Kudos to the team for a very useful resource for those of us living outside the established cricket world.

  • diro on February 14, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    Please let me know where can i find the Android app ... i am not able to find it on android market ... thanks!!

  • Amit Bajaj on February 14, 2011, 4:43 GMT

    Dear Sambit, Kudos to the ESPNCricinfo's team for recongnizing this need and taking the required action on it. The app does look great, thank you all for making this happen.

    It's also glad to see that cricinfo is taking sound financial decisions by providing this for free. I am sure in time you guys will reap rich dividends.

    best of luck.

  • saurabh on February 14, 2011, 4:35 GMT

    Really neat app....I amazed too how they have managed to fit all of cricinfo into one small app - I guess can a user customize their start up screen ? I also think the My country push button is pretty cool...easy way to filter out what I need..I havent tried it but I assume one can add multiple countries under the "my country" tab?

    Thanks a ton for such an app....with the app and willow.tv accessible vis Iphone Im all set for WC

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  • saurabh on February 14, 2011, 4:35 GMT

    Really neat app....I amazed too how they have managed to fit all of cricinfo into one small app - I guess can a user customize their start up screen ? I also think the My country push button is pretty cool...easy way to filter out what I need..I havent tried it but I assume one can add multiple countries under the "my country" tab?

    Thanks a ton for such an app....with the app and willow.tv accessible vis Iphone Im all set for WC

  • Amit Bajaj on February 14, 2011, 4:43 GMT

    Dear Sambit, Kudos to the ESPNCricinfo's team for recongnizing this need and taking the required action on it. The app does look great, thank you all for making this happen.

    It's also glad to see that cricinfo is taking sound financial decisions by providing this for free. I am sure in time you guys will reap rich dividends.

    best of luck.

  • diro on February 14, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    Please let me know where can i find the Android app ... i am not able to find it on android market ... thanks!!

  • Hammad Siddiqi on February 14, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    Just got the App. Excellent design and more importantly, very user friendly. Kudos to the team for a very useful resource for those of us living outside the established cricket world.

  • Bharath on February 14, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    Hi,

    Can you tell me where is this app present for android? The one I see in Android Market is completely buggy and hopeless. Can someone point me to the correct app if at all it exists?

    Thanks, Bharath

  • aditya on February 14, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    Good to know. Now I can check scores easily even when I am not in front of PC. Thanks.

  • Anonymous on February 14, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    Can't wait for the android version

  • AB on February 14, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    cool.. but where's one for Android?? :-/

  • shadley on February 14, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    What about blackberry? any idea when/if this is coming?

  • Akash on February 14, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    What about blackberry apps?