Playup Brings Live Social Chat For Sports Fans Across The Globe [App Review]

Recently I came across this great app called Playup, This free-to-use app allows sport enthusiasts to follow over 30,000 live games across sports such as Cricket, Soccer, American Football, Baseball, Aussie Rules Football and many more.


Upon launching the free app users are presented with a choice of sports and fixtures. Special upcoming sporting events, such as IPL5 and the London Olympics are presented for easy access.

Users can log in using facebook or Twitter credentials and can invite their friends from those social networks. Users can create their individualized streams which allow them to get updates from other matches as they concentrate on their favourite fixtures. They can post messages in the match rooms and discuss the finer points of the games with the other fans. The app also provides real-time match statistics and, to take advantage of the Android platform, allows intuitive gesture-based navigation as shown in the image below.


Playup App Review and Guided Tour

To make you understand how the app works, follow the guided tour which will tell you about the all the features of the app and also tell you how to use it on iphone or android phone.

The very first time you launch the app you will be shown this the welcome screen which displays all the sports you can track with this app, we selected cricket because of the current ongoing Indian Premier League is going on right now.

But before you can start tracking any sports you will need to enter your facebook or twitter account so that this app could find more of your friends on facebook who using this app on their phones and tablets.


You will need to allow the access to your facebook wall, so that this app could post messages on your facebook wall when you type it under the app.


Once the facebook or twitter account it configured, you will need to type a unique username which will displayed to other users of the app or your friends using this app.



Now you can start using the app and either participate in the all fans general public hangout in which you can chat with fellow users using this app on the current match or sports and exchange your views.


You can also create Private Hangout [ or Private chat rooms ] limited to your friends in which you will chat about a current sport with your friends, no one else who in not invited in this private chat can view the messages posted.

Tap the square tile, saying Create A Hangout Here


Now you will need to specify the name of the Hangout and select it to be public or private.


Not only IPL, but in each sports category you can discuss about ODI, Test Cricket and more.


Can I Send Files In Hangout Chat In Playup?

Right now you can only send text chat, Playup team is planning to bring in more features like audio file transfer and video file also in upcoming months.

Which Platforms Playup Supports?

Right now Playup comes for both android and iPhone, they are planning to launch the windows phone app very soon.

What Does Playup Provide You About Any Sports On Your Phone ?

Live scores and stats for 23,000+ live games
✔ Customized sport preferences
✔ Free instant messaging around any game
✔ Multi-post messaging so you can conveniently share with other social nets
✔ Hangout and message in private with friends during the game
✔ Browse/join public discussions
✔ Invite friends from any social network
✔ Find friends as they follow live games
✔ Meet fans and make new friends
✔ Push notifications and friend alerts

Playup Works On Computer As Well – Yes, you can use playup from your computer as well, we discovered this feature during our review, go to this page to find out more. Select your sport and then start sending your chats in the generals All Fans hangout which is public by default.

Please note that you cannot create a private hangout from the web interface.

App Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 5 or later.


Our Rating: 4/5 | Price: Free | Visit Apple Store Link To Install This App

[ This App Comes For Android – No, Download Similar App From Here ]


RunKeeper For iPhone Helps You Track Physical Activity Like Cycling, Walking, Running & More

There are many apps to track your physical activity like running, cycling, walking and more using iphone GPS, one of them which already comes installed on your iphone is Nike+iPod which you can easily locate under settings and activate it, but the entire Nike+sport kit will cost you around $29 which means more money from your pocket.


When I decide to track my daily running activity with my iphone, I searched for some free apps alternatives which does not require any additional hardware, and I found this cool app called RunKeeper which allows you to tracking your workouts fun, social, and easy to understand so that you can improve the quality of your fitness.


The app upload the activity details to the runkeeper server which then stores all the activity data so you can be sure that all the activity data is safe. You can login to online account to view all the activity data.

runkeeper online login

This app is free to use and even the online membership is free which includes dashboard which allows to see a detailed graph of your daily physical activity you track using iphone runkeeper app as shown in the image below.

runkeeper activity graph

Using runkeeper app on iphone is really easy, as once you launch the app you can specify the activity type and it will instantly scan activate GPS and other required sensors on your iphone to track the physical activity as shown in the image below.


You can also select from different activity type as shown in the image below.


You can any time see the activity history, if there is any activity you see in red color that means that activity data is on your iphone only its not yet uploaded to runkeeper server.  


You can also specify other parameters like audio notifications to be played while doing the activity, the notifications will keep coming even if you have minimized the runkeeper app on your iphone. You can also change speed metrics, countdown, activities data privacy settings as shown in the image below.


You can see the real time graph of activity speed, avg speed and calories burned etc as shown in the image below.


You can also view your speed you maintained while covering every kilometer in this case for example of my running activity listed.


You can also view the entire map of the route you covered during your activity, however this remains confidential and private to you only by default. 


In case any of the activity is not uploaded you can always resend to upload again on runkeeper server for free.


It also allows you to post these physical activity updates on your facebook or twitter accounts under settings as shown in the image below.


It is not just an app and it lets you connect to the runkeeper online community with other users who are using runkeeper, you can add more friends through the online interface which allows to you to login with your runkeeper account credentials which you created on your iphone.

You can see the recent activity of your friends which will give you more reasons to be physically active and record these activity with runkeeper as shown in the image below.

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You can organize races, make your street team and do other physical events with this app, there are great number of features to be explored. You can also opt for RunKeeper Pro app with our premium RunKeeper Elite subscription. Enjoy live activity broadcasting, discounted FitnessClasses and advanced reports to track your training.

App Requirements: It Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.

Conclusion: In all this seems to be the best app for tracking physically activity and stay fit.

Our Rating: 4/5 | Price: Free | Visit App Store Link To Install RunKeeper

[ This App Comes For Android – Yes – Android Market Link ]