Follow all the March Madness action on your mobile phone

Summary:In a couple more hours that yearly tradition that we fondly call March Madness tips off with in office brackets and rabid fans cheering on their teams (go UW Huskies!). I thought it would be helpful to pull together a quick list of how you can follow your favorite teams on your smartphone devices.

In a couple more hours that yearly tradition that we fondly call March Madness tips off with in office brackets and rabid fans cheering on their teams (go UW Huskies!). I thought it would be helpful to pull together a quick list of how you can follow your favorite teams on your smartphone devices.

  • All (mobile sites & services):
    • Both CBS and ESPN have mobile formatted sites that should let you stay in touch with the action from any mobile browser.
    • You could also use SlingPlayer Mobile with your compatible Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, or S60 device to watch your home TV content on the go.
    • Carriers may also have solutions, such as Sprint TV, on your mobile device.

  • iPhone:
    • CBS Sports NCAA March Madness On Demand. This application lets you actually stream every game on your iPhone or iPod touch when connected via WiFi and lets you listen to live audio-only broadcasts via 3G or EDGE connections. This is probably the BEST way to follow the action from a mobile device.
    • iMadness 09 is designed to let you follow the action from a bracket perspective and track how your bracket is doing.
    • GetSportz has a free application for getting the latest scores too, that works on multiple platforms.
    • PocketBracket (iTunes link) also lets you watch the bracket and view stats and scores.

  • T-Mobile G1 (Google Android):
    • There are no dedicated apps for viewing or listening to March Madness games, but you can install the Scoreboard app and get updates as the games are played.
    • Bracket (available for 99 cents) lets you enter your personal bracket and then have your picks appear in green or red if they are right or wrong when you update with an internet connection. This one looks like a winner for those office pools.

  • RIM BlackBerry:
    • I couldn't find any dedicated application, but read in the BlackBerry forums that Viigo will work to keep you updated on the scores and status.
    • GetSportz has a free application for getting the latest scores too, that works on multiple platforms.

  • Windows Mobile:
    • I couldn't find any dedicated application, but read in the various Windows Mobile forums that Viigo will also work to keep you updated on the scores and status.
    • GetSportz has a free application for getting the latest scores too, that works on multiple platforms.

  • S60: I guess with the US focus on March Madness and the limited S60 presence here there is no real need for developers to come up with a solution for S60 owners. You can use SlingPlayer on some S60 devices, but not the E71 with its great landscape display and 3G support on AT&T.
  • Palm OS: GetSportz has a free application for getting the latest scores too, that works on multiple platforms.

Please let me know if you have any other recommended apps or sites and I'll include them in the list.

Topics: Mobility, BlackBerry

About

Matthew Miller started using a mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host with GigaOM's Kevin Tofel on the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned over 200 d... Full Bio

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