Sports Illustrated is well-known by sports fans for its many publications as a magazine, and over the course of time with Android there has been an app available for consumption, and now a new version of the app has been launched. As revealed by its owner Time Inc., its latest mobile app is designed to bring the latest and greatest content from the online version of Sports Illustrated straight onto Android devices packed in a clean and simple user interface suited for touchscreen devices. The new app offers a unified experience to Android devices of all screen sizes. In addition to (live) scores, videos, and general sports news and related notifications, the latest SI mobile app also offers a degree of personalization to its users, as it allows them to filter through content on the so-called MySI feed within it.
The app also allows its users to pin ongoing sports events’ scoreboards to its home screen so that they’re able to follow the scores of games that interest them in real time while using the SI app in other ways. Another feature is the ability to set alerts for practically any upcoming game so that you get notified when the game starts or some predefined part of it like a certain quarter is over. Sports Illustrated also promised that the app will receive plenty of updates in the future, stating that “this is only the beginning” of things to come regarding its new interactive mobile presence.
The Sports Illustrated mobile app is available for download free of charge but naturally comes with a plethora of microtransactions for those looking for full digital versions of specific printed editions or the latest bundle of the thereof. The prices of individual editions vary from $3.99 to $7.99, though it’s not entirely clear what they’re based on. The initial reactions of the app have been relatively mixed. Some common complaints users have been sharing with the developers online include the fact that the Android version of SI doesn’t support soccer and doesn’t have a widget while some users with devices running Android 4.4 Kitkat are complaining about occasional crashes which the app officially supports. Granted, the latter case seems really rare, but hopefully, Sports Illustrated really makes do on the aforementioned promise of frequent updates and bug fixes and makes amends for how it handled the last SI Android app.