Windows Phone 7 Sports Apps
Windows Phone 7 handsets are slim, mobile and very powerful – so what better platform to develop sports related apps for? Available on the Zune Marketplace, these apps can be downloaded directly to your handset via Wi-Fi, wireless Internet or through a USB connection with your PC, provided you have the Zune client installed.
We’ve collected a top selection of Windows Phone 7 sports related applications for you to take a look at and try out. Remember that all apps have a trial version, so even if you don’t fancy paying for the full application you can still try it out!
To begin with there is G-Sports, a very handy stopwatch combined with GPS tracker which collects data on distance run, speed and pace as well as displaying your route on a map alongside graphs relating your speed. Sessions are stored in the workout calendar and the app even speaks to you to tell you how you’re doing! Purchase price for G-Sports is ?1.99.
?SmartRunner works in a similar way to G-Sports, but rather than just retaining all of the information about speed, distance, calories and so forth on your phone, with an account at www.smartrunner.com you can save and publish this information online. Again using GPS to collate the data, SmartRunner also features integration with social networking services like Twitter and Facebook. This top app is available for free!
If you’re planning on just keeping time yourself, Stopwatch Sport is a more simplistic Windows Phone 7 stopwatch app, featuring different timers to use as a lap timer, countdown or as a standard stopwatch. This app can be downloaded for 79p.
Finally, if your fitness is based purely on how far you run or walk, Step Counter is a very clever application which records each step you take throughout a day. Also including a stopwatch, Step Counter makes use of your phone’s movement sensors in order to record just how many steps you take in a given day. Step Counter is 79p on the Zune Marketplace.
Windows Phone 7 Sports Game Apps
?There are plenty of sports-related games on Windows Phone 7; whether your interest is football, basketball or something else entirely, there is a Windows Phone sports game app for you. Even if you’re not sporty, there are whistles, airhorns and vuvuzelas available via the apps MyWhistle 7, MyAirhorn 7 and MyVuvuzela 7 (each app is 79p)
Baskets is a very basic game – but a great challenge. All you need to do is score as many dunks as you can in 90 seconds! You can buy Baskets for just 99p on the Zune Marketplace.
Go Fishing is available for ?1.99 via Zune, and is a great little arcade fishing game where the aim is to catch the best fish to progress to the next level. Earnings from your fish sales can be put towards upgrading your boat and equipment.
?Blitz Football is a fantastic looking American Football game, available for just 79p. Simply tap the screen to pass the ball between your players on the 3D field across 5 different difficulty levels. Fans of American Football won’t want to miss this great game.
Sports News and Results
Sports news in the UK can be acquired via the free (non-affiliated) BBC News Mobile app – although this includes news from across the BBC website, it features a lot of sports news.
For Italian readers, the legendary Gazzetta Dello Sport is available and is a great, slick app full of sports content. An English version is anticipated, and will also hopefully be free.
Scores is an app that displays scores for in-progress games in the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB competitions. Fans of American sports will love this free app that stays up to date with all of the most recent game updates.
Finally, Weave Sports News is available for 79p and sends all of your favourite sports news directly to your Windows Phone! With 9 pre-loaded categories, you can add new ones at any time, with information coming from a range of sources, like ESPN and USATODAY. News can be shared via Twitter or Facebook, making this a top Windows Phone 7 sports news application!