With temperatures rising and IPL just about to begin, we give you a few apps that could help you stay updated with the latest scores while on-the-move.
To start with, let's look at some apps specially created for IPL.
The app uses orange and white as 2 basic colour schemes. The user interface is pretty simple. The menu, which gives you a range of options like Teams, Points, Fixtures, Results, to name a few, is laid out in two columns.
The Home screen flashes the Live score and supposedly also has an in-built ticker for scores and IPL news. The Points table is very simple. It enlists all the teams along with their wins, losses, matches played etc. The Teams option helps you see the list of teams playing this year along with the owner of each team. You can also tap on each team to get individual details of all the players.
The Results option gives you winner details of all the previous IPL matches since 2008 until last year. To go back to the main menu, just tap on the tiled icon in the top right hand corner of your screen.
You can also view the Orange cap and Puprle cap holders, maximum sixes and the longest six of a particular match under the IPL Leader category. While Fixtures give you the entire schedule for all matches, On the Map option uses Google Maps to help track all the stadiums where the matches are scheduled. It also claims to give you locations of nearby restaurants or places screening the matches.
There's also a News section that keeps you updated with the latest from the IPL. Twitter and Facebook integration is available through an option called Heartbeat.
The Android version of the app also has a voice assistant that claims to give you score updates at periodic intervals even when minimised.
IPL Dugout (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad, Free)
IPL Dugout (Google Play, Free)
Official DLF IPL 2012
This app from TIMESMOBILE LTD, really gives you the look and feel of the IPL. Donning a dark blue colour scheme, once you open the app, you are taken to the Latest section. Right at the top you'll see a scrollable horizontal calendar bar with the dates of the matches. When you click on a particular date, it gives you the schedule just below it.
Further down you have two tabs representing News and Videos. The News section gives the latest from the world of the IPL. At the bottom of your screen, you'll find all your menu options listed.
The Schedule option clubs Results, Fixtures and By Team under 3 different tabs. Fixtures enlists the entire schedule of the IPL with the official team logos along with their venues. The By Team option is a good addition to filter out match dates according to your favourite team.
The Teams are laid out in a grid format. When you click on a particular team, the players are listed at the top in a similar horizontal scroll-like option. You can full details of each player by just tapping on them. The Stats tab gives a description of the team's best performance in the IPL yet.
The Points option neatly lays out the points table for all the teams.
The Photo gallery appears in the last menu option amongst News, Videos and Terms. The gallery has various photos of agencies capturing moments from last year's IPL.
The iOS version of the app, IPLt20, looked and felt really simple on the iPhone. Basic navigation felt like a breeze. A feature we thought was really cool is a countdown ticker that's displayed not just on the home screen but for every match under the Fixtures tab displaying the whole schedule.
The Stats tab under the IPL menu is divided into 4 options: Most runs, Most wickets, Most sixes and Fastest ball.
You can also view the tweets from various players and teams while Pulse has certain questions based on the IPL and you can vote on them as the match unfolds. You can view the results debated on TV in real-time.
The only thing that was a bit disappointing is that in the Teams section, the photos of players of some teams are blank.
Official DLF IPL 2012 (Google Play, Free)
IPLt20 (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad, Free)
We were impressed with this app right from the start. Be it the user interface or the usability factor, it is clean, slick and fast. When you first open the app, you are greeted by a beautiful sketch of a batsman at the bottom right with the app name in the centre and an animation of all the IPL teams.
The home screen looks quite appealing with a bottle green homey-comb patterned background with the match schedule already listed. The menu button sits at the top right hand corner. When you tap it, it gives you 6 options: Schedule, Teams, Venue, Records, Sound and About.
The Teams page lists all the 9 teams for this year. To know more about each team simply tap on it. The page then gives you the team's stats with a green arrow to unveil the Team squad. You can simply keep swiping to the left to know about other teams.
The Venue option gives you a thumbnail image of each stadium along with its name. You can also know more about the stadium's history by tapping on it. This will interest a lot of cricket enthusiasts. The Records option combines player Batting, Bowling and Other records under one roof.
The option of live scores is missing in the version we tested (v1.1), though the developer has promised the same is "coming soon" via an update.
IPL Twenty12 (Google Play, Free)ESPNcricinfo
Now the evergreen cricket apps, that embody the IPL spirit just as well the ones listed above.
Perhaps the most popular cricket app from, undoubtedly, the most popular cricket website. Almost everyone has used this app and it continues to the 'default' choice for many, though various other, perhaps better, options are now available out there. Scores, text commentary, results, fixtures - expect the ESPN Cricinfo staff to stay on top of everything like they've been doing for years.
(iPhone/ iPod Touch, Free) ESPNcricinfo
(Google Play, Free)Cricbuzz
The contender for ESPNCricinfo's throne, this app has built a steady fan following over time. They do everything that Cricinfo does, in a slightly more informal tone that connects well with the younger crowd. What has helped the app really stand out is in-app audio commentary in English as well as Hindi.Cricbuzz
(iPhone/ iPod Touch, Free)Cricbuzz
(Google Play, Free)NDTV Cricket
Those looking for a neat, clean app that provides up to date scores, schedules, news, pictures and text-based commentary can check-out the NDTV Cricket app. The app also lets you favourite items to revisit classics at a later date.NDTV Cricket
(iPhone/ iPod Touch, Free)NDTV Cricket
(Google Play, Free)
Disclosure: NDTV Cricket app and NDTV Gadgets (this website) and properties of the NDTV group.
Still not enough? Some IPL teams have apps that let die-hard fans connect better with their favourites. Not all of them seem to've been updated for this year's IPL though. The list:Pune Warriors
(Google Play, Free)Pune Warriors
(iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad, Free)Deccan Chargers
(Google Play, Free)Knight Watch
(iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad, Free)RCB T20 Cricket
(iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad, Free)