Mar 10, 2011
MLB At Bat has been a popular app on iOS the last couple of years, being used to show off some new iOS features by Apple at keynotes, like in 2009 when they introduced streaming video over 3G, and last year when they showed off a version of the app for the iPad. However, Android users have been shut out of the fun so far, but not any more! MLB has released a version of MLB At Bat for the 2011 season for Android users.
The app provides score information and details for all the games going on, as well as news, information, and video for all the teams. The app also provides live audio for all available radio broadcasts of Spring Training games.
When the season starts up on March 31st, the app will be updated to support live audio for all games – including both home and away feeds, where available. As well, certain phones will support live streaming video for MLB.TV subscribers. The iOS version has typically provided a free game to watch every day as well, but it is unknown if that will be offered this year.
The Android version also comes with some Android-specific features, including widgets for all the scores around the league, and a widget for your favorite team. The full app, which is $14.99, is designed to support Android phones with 2.1 and up, as well as 7″ tablets like the Galaxy Tab. An app for Honeycomb tablets will be coming, as well. If you want to test out the app, a Lite version is available, without any live audio or video support.
The presence of MLB At Bat 11 shows in part how Android is becoming bigger and that it is becoming a priority to develop apps like this for Android. This is something that we should hopefully see with more apps in the future but for now, play ball!
Download: MLB.com At Bat 11