Apps’ the word this football season. Here are two World Cup apps developed by city-based IT firms

One for the ultimate fan

Igloo Innovations, a firm that’s into developing social media, web and mobile applications, has come out with an Android app packed with features for the World Cup. The app, ‘Football Ultimate’, is for mobile platforms and gives the latest info about the matches unfolding in Brazil, schedules, fixtures and the like. But that’s not all. It’s also an interactive quizzing app, featuring three types of games. The app generates random questions which includes easy, medium and hard levels. In ‘Guess by Player’, users have to identify players from the 32 World Cup Football squads. A correct guess leads to the next question. There are hints to help participants along. In ‘Guess by Country’ users have to identify the country on the basis of jersey colours or photos of the players themselves. Again, in ‘Guess by Club’ users have to identify the clubs that the footballers play for in various national leagues. To make it more interesting there are no hints in this level. Igloo is also running a predict and win contest on the app, where users can predict every game before its start and can win exciting prizes that range from iPhones to T-shirts. The app is available free on Google Play. The iOS and Windows versions will be available soon.

Feel the footie fever

If your zeal for the World Cup has risen to fever pitch, then check out the iPhone app ‘The Kick - Brasil’. This app enables football fans across the globe to ‘feel the World Cup fever’. Get all the match schedules and the live scores using the app. When a game is in progresses, the app connects to the latest Twitter updates from around the world relevant to it. Apart from the latest updates, you can customise your favourite team and players and see what the world talks about them on Facebook and Twitter. It also has feeds, both news and images, from popular football websites and magazines such Kicker, Goal and Sport.

The app has been jointly developed by Travancore Analytics, a Technopark-based software firm, and German company ‘The Kick UG’. It can be downloaded from www.teamta.net/brasil.