The FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 is starting very soon and you’re maybe wondering how you can use your Android device to get the most out of the experience. In this day and age of the internet being everywhere, it’s difficult to find the best FIFA World Cup apps because a lot of people are using the phrase to try to get their space in the search results. In this list, we’ve weeded out the nonsense and brought you the best Android apps to check out the World Cup!
First up is the ESPN FC Soccer & World Cup app. As you’ve come to expect from ESPN in general, this app will have a whole bunch of awesome features for World Cup fans. They include video highlights, in-depth reporting and analysis, and even some unique features like Twitter integration so you can see the up to date news, rumors, and stories.
It is the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 and thus the official FIFA app is a mandatory addition to the list. It features standings, a schedule, and coverage of the whole event. It also includes some fun things only FIFA can provide like the chance to win a kickoff ball and vote for the Man of the Match. It provides team break downs, player profiles, and a host of other information and coverage.
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Android’s most popular football (soccer) game was recently updated to include a lot of World Cup goodness. According to the Google Play Store change log, EA Sports has added officially licensed national teams and you can enjoy them with other official World Cup items like the Adidas Brazuca ball. If you’re waiting for the next match to start or you’re just a big fan of the sport, FIFA 14 is a pretty good option.
Forza Soccer is a very popular and very well rated application that brings you information like live scores, push notifications, and video highlights for hundreds of leagues around the world. As you can imagine, they’ve got FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 already baked into the application if you’d like to get your information there. It also includes some fun features like opinion polls.
Google Now isn’t an app you’d typically find on a list of best sports apps but Google has been doing great things with their services. One such great thing is adding World Cup information to the voice search so you can just ask your phone for information and it’ll deliver it. It won’t get you the in depth coverage or other fun features of these other apps, but for the casual fan who wants to keep up with what’s going on quickly, it’s a good option.
theScore is one of the few sports blogs we have on this list and that’s because they went the extra mile for their coverage. Along with the usual blog posts they also have a number of World Cup features baked in including a dedicated section of the app specifically for the event. It’s a well designed app that’s been getting steadily more stable and they have improved their design dramatically over the last year.
TuneIn Radio isn’t a sports app, it’s a radio app. However, one thing TuneIn Radio will have is radio stations that will be covering the FIFA World Cup. If you can’t watch it on TV and you can’t find any streaming solutions, then radio is always a good and free way to enjoy sports. It comes with social media integration for Google+ and Facebook so you don’t need to make an account.
If you were to search how to video stream the World Cup, you may have heard that ESPN will be streaming all 64 matches online. Yes, that is true and you can take advantage of that on mobile with the WatchESPN app. It’s a little rough around the edges like practically every other app that streams live sports and long time fans of live streaming sports games already know the breaks of using an app like this.
Other ways to watch for free!
It is a worldwide event and some people would rather watch the games for free. If you already pay for cable, the WatchESPN app and website is your best bet because they do cover all 64 games. If you don’t have basic cable, you can still watch a few of the games -including the final game- on ABC by using the good old fashioned rabbit ears. If you don’t mind listening to a Spanish speaking broadcaster, you can also stream a decent number of the games from Univision for free.
If we’ve missed an amazing FIFA World Cup app, please leave us a comment and let us know!