The summer of 2012 is upon us, and the Old Continent's best soccer teams are raging in the preliminary groups. There are already a few surprises, and if you are on the go (or stuck at work), what better way to follow the tournament but load your trusted smartphone with an app.
During the last Euro 2008 championship Apple hadn't even launched its App Store, so UEFA wasn't even thinking of outing an app, and look at them now, all doled up with official mobile applications for the tournament on every major platform.
There are plenty of other choices for getting results, following the games live, or just having fun with a live Euro 2012 wallpaper, so check out the slideshow below and pick something to keep tab or for a quick player trivia check.
There is no shortage of apps that can follow the Euro 2012 soccer tournament and give you live updates on the results, including major players like ESPN, but this live wallpaper by Adidas is just for fun. You can set your home country's flag in the middle, and enjoy directing the ball on the homescreens by tilting the phone in various directions. It's a hefty download and drains battery more than it should, of course.
Euro 2012 is a great simple app that has all you need to follow the tournament. It might not have the most vibrant interface, but has half-time and full-time reports, players, teams and even stadium stats, and allows you to set your ringtone with the national anthem and your wallpaper with the flag.
It's not with the most modest of titles, but Euro 2012: The Best One is indeed very good - it has a clean and polished interface, loads results and commentary faster than any other tournament app out there, and offers real-time following, plus you can pick a team and support it to the bitter end, sharing with your buddies.
It's official that UEFA didn't put much thought into its Official UEFA EURO 2012 app, as it's fairly plain and slow compared to some others, but considering its their first effort, you might take it for a spin nonetheless, be it only for the nice situation galleries included.