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Your guide to the NFL on Android

Derek Walter | Sept. 10, 2015
Get ready for the new season by making sure you have the right apps for your fantasy league, tracking scores, or watching the games live.

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A smartphone or tablet is the ideal second screen while watching a game. Or it could be your lifeline for staying connected to scores when your significant other forces you out of the house for some domestic shopping. Either way, there are a few apps you should definitely have.

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ESPN and the NFL are among the best apps to stay connected to live action.

It may be obvious choice, but ESPN deserves mention for a recent redesign that looks great and makes it easy to sync up all your favorite teams and preferences through your account ID or Facebook (although Google sign-in would certainly be welcomed). You can customize how often you get pinged with alerts for scores or team and league news.

NFL Mobile is also a great choice (even if you’re not a Verizon subscriber) as it has lot of video clips from the NFL Network’s panel of analysts. You can also jump right into a section of news devoted to your favorite team, which might tide you over until the next game.

And finally, don’t forget about Google Now. It’s a great sports companion, and puts your scores just one swipe away from the home screen if you use the Google Now Launcher.

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The Google Search app is a quick way to get scores or in-game details.

It can often be faster to say, “OK Google, 49ers score” and get instant results instead of seeking out your preferred app on your home screen, launching it, and waiting for the latest information to load. 

If you’ve taught Google who your favorite teams are, there will be a persistent card in your Google Now stream. Just touch the card to get real-time stats about the game in progress.

Conquer your fantasy league

Fantasy football is huge. If you’ve ever played you’ve probably found yourself in that awkward spot where the Thursday night game is about to start and you forgot to set your roster. It could make for a long week if you haven’t researched who you want to play.

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The NFL Fantasy app is one of several that helps you track player stats or make draft-day decisions for your league. Credit: Google Play

All the key fantasy leagues have their apps here: ESPN, NFL, Yahoo, CBS, and the increasingly popular Draft Kings. The Yahoo and ESPN options in particular are lagging behind a bit in their design, so forget much of what you’ve learned about Material Design if you fire them up. Most apps will also let you participate in a live draft on the device, but a good fantasy draft strategy usually involved ten open Chrome tabs, so that route isn’t recommended.


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