Are You Watching This? (Android)
If you have friends who are into sports as much as you are, and you catch a must-see moment during the tournament, you’re guaranteed to say the name of this app at least a couple times. Are You Watching This keeps you updated on scores from around the tournament, gives you a heads up when one is getting good, and allows you to switch on the game with just a swipe if you have DirectTV, Google TV, or TiVo. The second a game becomes worth watching, it can go from your phone to the TV so you can see every play.
As much as we’d love to believe that every game is going to be a good one, it’s pretty inevitable that some will turn into blowouts. But don’t fool yourself and pretend like you aren’t going to watch anyway. You should be rewarded for your dedication to sit through even the ugliest of games. FanCake keeps you engaged in every game by allowing you to play along in real time with live challenges and predictions. Rack up enough points in the app, and you can turn your hours in front of the television into real life gear or tickets to see your favorite teams.
There are tons of sites you can visit to get your March Madness fix or fill out your bracket, but Bracket the Madness brings some new flair to the annual tradition. The app makes it easy to create pools and brackets with friends by inviting people via Facebook, email, and text. It has all the standard features you’d expect, plus some fun extras like a built-in messaging service. It also has added features for competition like Bracket Shield to keep people from seeing your picks.
TheScore serves all sports, but come NCAA tournament time, it’s all in on March Madness. The app makes it easy to track your favorite team’s success and progress through the field of 64, and you can personalize just about everything with it so you’re always getting the scores that matter to you. Most importantly, it keeps a close eye on the games that make March Madness so fun: the upsets. If a David is about to knock off a Goliath, the app will send you a push notification, so you don’t miss the bracket-busting event.
IFTTT isn’t your typical March Madness app. It’s an app for creating shortcuts and simplifying tasks, and it can come in extremely handy when put to work on keeping you informed about March Madness. You can set up recipes within the app that will make sure you’ll never miss a minute of the action. Create a command to get a call when your favorite team is about to play, get an email any time there’s an article on your team published on ESPN, automatically trash talk you friends on Twitter. If you can think it, IFTTT can do it.
Can’t make it to any of the tournament’s biggest games in person? Don’t worry, FanCred turns your phone into a mobile arena, where you can get rowdy with your fellow fans. The sports-centric social network asks fans to fill out their profiles and take part in the action, rooting on their team, while talking the occasional bit of trash to their opponent. The app makes it easy to connect with fellow fanatics, and keep up with all of the news surrounding your team. If you can make it to the game, share photos from the event and let others enjoy the action from afar.
Updated on 3-19-2015 by AJ Dellinger: We added Bracket the Madness, theScore, IFTTT, and FanCred for this year’s tournament.