App of the Week
GAA Scoreboard on Android
The ability to easily record and share the scores at GAA matches without needing a pen and some paper has arrived with Joe Hyland's GAA Scoreboard app on the Android market.
Available in the Lite and Pro versions, the GAA scoreboard app lets users not only easily record every score during a game, but also share them with friends via Twitter.
Just tap on Goal or Point for each score and let the app keep track of the match score. The layout is very simple: just enter the names of the teams that are playing and, just like your trusty old stopwatch, start the app once the referee blows the whistle.
The app allows users to share match updates via Twitter with a single click. It takes just a minute to enter your twitter details and you're all set up to tweet the score any time you want. You can choose to send tweets including current score update, and add further details such as whether it's in the first half, half-time, second half or it's a scoreline at the final whistle.
In the Pro version, which costs €2.85 on the Android app market, additional features include the ability to add the match location (which is then automatically included in tweets), score times, and to show the minute every point and goal was scored for each team.
You can also edit tweets before sending more match-time options. There is also the promise of graphical match statistics to come soon from the developer.
Currently there's no option for users of other social media like Facebook to send status updates, and that could be a good update to the app in future versions - Twitter might not be to everyone's tastes.
In addition, the app is only available on Android for now, so iPhone users will miss out.
Overall, though, in a year which saw the implementation of Hawk-Eye software at Croke Park, if only on an experimental basis, it's a nifty little app which sees Gaelic games take another step into the technological embrace.
- Michael Cunningham