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Fresh Android Apps for June 6: Official UEFA EURO 2012 App and Open Garden

by Marty Gabel

Are we going football crazy? Maybe. We did include Big Win Soccer yesterday after all. But with Euro 2012 just around the corner, which is likely to draw a massive worldwide audience, there’s an app out there to keep you up-to-date. And if you find your Mac or PC laptop is without a Wi-Fi connection but you’ve got a cellular signal, the beta version of Open Garden could be well worth your attention.

Official UEFA EURO 2012 app (Free)

Direct from the horse’s mouth (e.g. UEFA itself) comes the official companion app for Euro 2012 for Android smartphones. This footballing spectacular takes place from June 8 until July 1 in Poland the Ukraine, featuring 16 elite European nations battling it out for one of soccer’s biggest prizes.

This app features live scores and results as the games take place. It also offers customized alerts, the latest news, standings (during the group stage of the tournament) and photos. Though the app doesn’t feature live streaming of matches, at least there will be video of match highlights once the games are complete.

Open Garden (Free)

So here’s an app with plenty of potential for growth (sorry). It was widely featured at the TechCrunch NYC Disrupt 2012 conference not too long ago and while it’s still in beta, it’s definitely worth a look, especially for free. The app allows you to share your mobile Internet connection across other devices like a laptop or PC. It’s a bit like tethering, but without the carrier hassles (or cost) often associated with that. Question is, will the U.S. carriers clamp down on it?

You’ll need to install the app, plus a companion program on your PC or Mac. Then, you simply start the app on both (it’ll request Bluetooth connectivity if it’s not already active) and hey presto, your laptop and smartphone are connected. Open Garden could be very handy when you don’t have a Wi-Fi connection available, but while it’s still in beta, some users can probably expect bugs and issues at first.

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