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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

SportCaster For Android Gets UI Makeover, News Alerts & CBS Articles

Christmas is still nearly a couple of weeks away but early presents are already heading the way of smartphone users in the form of app updates. Here’s another one for you; OneLouder Apps – the renowned developer of many Android and iOS apps like FriendCaster, Slices For Twitter & 1Weather – has just pushed a significant update to the official Android client of their dedicated social sports news & scores app, SportCaster, which is now available in the Play Store by the name of CBS SportCaster. As its name suggests, the app now features news articles from the globally acclaimed services of CBS Sports. As far as other changes in the update are concerned, sports fans now get a completely redesigned UI that allows you to quickly jump to sections for your favorite sports teams, leagues, conferences, news, scores, standings and tweets through a dedicated sidebar as well as a dropdown menu. Furthermore, the newly added support for real-time breaking news alerts makes sure that you don’t miss out on the most happening stories of your favorite sports.
Since its release, SportCaster has constantly been praised for the variety of sports categories and content that it supports, and with this particular update (v5.0.2), the app is likely to cement its place among the top-rated sports apps in the Play Store. A dedicated news section that was previously missing from the package is also a welcome addition, especially considering that the articles are fetched from the reliable services of CBS Sports itself. In fact all the latest goodies included within the package make it even better than my personal favorite, Sports Republic.

SportCaster users have always enjoyed the facility of personalizing and staying up-to-date with their favorite sports content through the app, but the latest update ensures that they can access the required sections of their preferred sport with minimal effort. This is where the added sidebar and dropdown menu can prove to be more than handy. Once you’ve configured the app according to your liking, you can use the left sidebar to switch back and forth between your favorite sports, teams and leagues etc. Upon landing on the required item’s screen, you may browse content using various available tabs, horizontal & vertical swipe gestures, or the context-aware dropdown tab at the top.
The aforementioned breaking news alert feature comes enabled in the app by default. However, you can manually disable these notifications by heading over to Menu > Settings, and unchecking the ‘Breaking News’ option.
The latest SportCaster CBS update is currently available for Android users only, and we have no official word from SportCaster whether they plan on releasing something similar for iOS users or not. The app requires Android 2.2 or higher to run, and can be downloaded for free via the Play Store link provided below.


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