Cricket content brand Wisden India has launched an Android app which provides cricket news & analysis, features and live scores to consumers, in time for the ongoing Champions League Twenty20 tournament. The app is currently available as free download on the Google Play Store.
Homepage: The app home page is currently divided into two sections – a live score section and a latest stories section. The live score section currently features a countdown timer indicating the time remaining for the next match and will probably provide live scores during an ongoing cricket match. The app claims to provide a ball-by-ball coverage of all International cricket matches.
The latest stories section offers latest news, analysis and featured articles from its editorial team. However, the focus here seems to be on news from tournaments held in India, unlike its competitor ESPNcricinfo which provides coverage from cricket tournaments across the world. One can tap on any story to read it, share it via Android’s default share intent option or favorite it for later reading. One can also swipe through to browse through other stories in the section and read these articles offline with no Internet connection. Offline support is quite important since it will allow cricket enthusiasts who have a long commute to work or are travelling to read long form articles during the commute.
While majority of the articles have been formatted for mobile phones, we noticed that there are text formatting issues with a few articles, where it renders the HTML code directly to users or the scorecard tables used in articles are not formatted to the mobile phone. Besides this, the app is quite nice and clean and we quite liked the typography used within the app. (We tried it on Nexus 4 running on Android 4.3)
Navigation Menu: The app sports a drop down navigation menu through which one can switch between latest and favorite articles, view upcoming fixtures and past results including the scorecard and ball-by-ball commentary of that specific match.
It also allows one to switch to any specific category like news, match report, interviews and audio podcasts (through an embedded Soundcloud widget); view guest columns from current & former cricketers like Saurav Ganguly, WV Raman and cricket writers like Mohandas Menon, Anjali Doshi and Michael Holding and access long form feature pieces from its yearly Almanack 2013 and other special features like Sachin at 40, the World Cup 1983 win and others.
Widget Support? What’s missing through is widget support. While the app does provide a match follow mode, through which fans can follow the live scores while working, we feel that a homescreen widget is also a great fit to provide live scores to users.
Competition: Wisden would be competing against ESPNcricinfo which recently revamped its iOS and Android apps and the new apps are quite outstanding right now. Other apps include NDTV Cricket, Cricbuzz and Yahoo Cricket.