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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  • fanedlive 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.

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

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

  • fanedlive 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

  • fanedlive 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

  • fanedlive 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.

  • fanedlive 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.

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

    We need one for Ipad.

  • fanedlive 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

  • fanedlive 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.

  • fanedlive 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

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