Free Live Sports Scoreboard Debuts on Pocket Express
Scores, Stats, Schedules all Updated on the Go — Just in Time for Bowl Season
KANSAS CITY, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Handmark® today announced an upgrade to its award-winning Pocket Express™ mobile Internet experience, bringing sports fans the instant access to information they crave. All users can now access scores and information from major sports in real time, be it inning by inning, quarter by quarter or half by half. The new Express Scoreboard service is a part of the free Express package that also includes worldwide news and photos from the AP, team by team detailed coverage and AP sports photos, and detailed weather forecasts for more than 2-million locations around the world.
“Pocket Express continues to raise the bar by taking the mobile Internet experience to the next level. Whether it is professional sports or collegiate sports, avid sports fans can now stay up-to-date on game-day regardless of their location.”
The enhanced features come at a time when mobile sports information and entertainment services are increasingly sought out by the consumer market. Analyst firm Juniper Research recently forecast the global market for mobile sports content and services will grow at an average annual growth rate of 27 percent, to $3.8 billion dollars by 2011. Juniper pointed to inconsistent end-user experience as something that has held the market back to this point, something Handmark claims it is addressing with Pocket Express Scoreboard.
“Handmark is focused on providing the best access to information that consumers want at their fingertips,” said Douglas Edwards, Handmark cofounder and chief marketing officer. “Pocket Express continues to raise the bar by taking the mobile Internet experience to the next level. Whether it is professional sports or collegiate sports, avid sports fans can now stay up-to-date on game-day regardless of their location."
The live information on the sports scoreboard is provided by STATS, the leading global provider of sports information and statistical analysis.
In addition to the sports scoreboard, the new release of Pocket Express also features a scrolling banner across the top of the PageOne interface with the top news headlines of the day. The PageOne and Extras tabs are now located on the left side of the screen for easier navigation. The sports scoreboard is located at the top of the Express Sports list, above News and Sports leagues.
An Executive edition of Pockets Express that adds white and yellow page directory search, Oxford reference, movie show times, stock market portfolio tracking, detailed street level maps and driving directions are also available for a $6.99 per month subscription. For information on Handmark Pocket Express visit www.pocketexpress.com.
Handmark is a global leader in the development and distribution of mobile content solutions. The Pocket Express wireless on-device portal service offers consumer-friendly access to news, reference and infotainment content on mobile phones as well as BlackBerry, Palm Treo, MOTORAZR, motorola Q™ and other Windows Mobile wireless handhelds. The company holds key mobile content distribution patents including Java-based push technology for wireless devices; has technology and distribution relationships with CNN International, The Associated Press, Oxford University Press, Hasbro, MobiTV, TV Guide, JAMDAT Mobile and Zagat Survey as well as all major U.S. mobile operators; and dominates the market for mobile software sold through retail channels. Handmark has R&D facilities in Gothenburg, Sweden; Kansas City, Mo.; and Dallas, Texas, with sales offices in Kansas City; San Francisco; Stockholm, Sweden; and London. For more information, visit http://www.handmark.com.
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