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2016 is the year that has given the hopes to the Nokia fans owing to its return to the smartphone arena. As per the terms of buyout by Microsoft, the Finnish giant's mobile business could not compete with Microsoft and hence didn't manufacture any smartphone under the Nokia brand. That agreement became void on December 31, 2015 and the fans can quite excited by the sheer imagination of what could happen in the future. One probable smartphone for a 2016 release came into limelight in leaked images before a few weeks and now once again different set of pictures of the same device have found their way to the internet.


If there is one sure shot information that can be told about the design of the smartphone, then we'd say that the device is quite boxy. This is not in a negative way, especially taking into account the all-metal body, crossed only by a pair of antenna lines on the back. Other device controllers that can be spotted on the phone are a volume adjuster on the left side and a power button below the device. On the other side, we can see a well isolated cover, most likely a space for the SIM tray and microSD card slot. That can mean IP rating, but let's not go overboard.


It is also quite compelling to see that the newly released pics of the phone seems to be from different unit, as doesn't have prototype marks of the first one. This actually adds to the genuineness of the leak and eventually would mean that the smartphone is essentially one of the three new Nokia smartphones going for a release this year.



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When you are a sports fan, the fun of the game is to watch it live, but when you go deeper you like to know the form of your favourite team, racer, or horse. If you are looking for the best mobile free bets, or even wanting to have more in-depth knowledge of the sport, then you have to dive into the statistics and latest news.


This can be done by looking at newspapers and reading all the information included, of course, but in the era of the Internet we also have an unlimited source of statistics and news at hand. To get some control on this deluge of information, we have apps that can get us all the information we want, without drowning us in unneeded clutter. With that in mind, here are 5 must have sports apps in 2017:


BBC Sport




The BBC has always been a useful source of information for news on our favourite teams, as well as the latest scores and highlights from games and races. With the BBC Sports app, not only can you find all the stats you want, but you can also listen to Radio 5Live and Five Sports Extra while browsing.


BBC iPlayer Radio



When on the move and not at a game, sports fans still want to know the results. BBC iPlayer Radio allows sports fans to listen the live commentary without being trapped at home.


TalkSPORT and TalkSPORT 2



Sometimes the BBC may not be running commentary for the games you want, so TalkSPORT and TalkSPORT 2 can help here. They are the official broadcaster for the likes of the FA Cup, EFL Cup, and also the English International games so this can be an essential app for sports fans.


Oddschecker



Oddschecker is one of the most popular odds comparison website in the UK. The odds are gathered from the most reputable bookmakers which include William Hill and Ladbrokes. Punters are able to tailor the app to see more of their favourite sports, whether it's football or horse racing, users can keep track all of their bets with different bookies in one app!


Official F1



The Official F1 app is an essential tool for fans, even when they are sat watching the games on television. Not only does it provide all the latest news, but it lets you track the racers on the track during the race, and includes all the details such as top speeds, tyre information, and best laps.


The Internet is an excellent resource for sports fans, but it can also be a curse sometimes because of the sheer amounts of information that is out there. Having apps like the ones above mean we can get the information we need, and have it on hand at any moment, keeping us informed on all the vital information we need.


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Source: Ketchapp via Facebook.


It has almost become cliché to claim that there is an app for everything now, but at times it doesn't feel far from the truth. Rather than accepting that all the best apps have already been made, developers are finding innovative ways to make an impression on the market. The world of sports apps is highly competitive, with sports lovers keen to find ways to channel their passion while on the move. Through tweaking existing formulas, new sports apps have found ways to enhance streaming and gaming for Android users.  


Sometimes apps rely on minor technological developments to gain a foothold in the market. Other apps can simply offer something that nothing else can offer. The runaway success of Pokemon Go was driven by the game's unique style, giving players something that they had never experienced for. Eleven Sports are aiming to be similarly revolutionary, albeit in the world of sports streaming. By snapping up exclusive rights to show UK viewers top division football matches from Spain, Netherlands and Sweden, Eleven Sports have suddenly become prominent in a market previously dominated by the same few big names. 


Their reach extends beyond football, with Eleven Sports offering exclusive coverage of the 2018 PGA Championship. Golf fans downloaded the app in their droves, able to watch the tournament from their Android device and the location of their choosing. Eleven Sports' monopoly on certain sporting events will likely facilitate long-term success for the app. 


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Eleven Sports' logo looks primed to become increasingly prominent in the streaming world. Source: Eleven Sports UK via Facebook.


Bookmakers are increasingly expected to offer an app, which is largely due to the rise of in-play betting. Being able to bet on an event as it is happening becomes more laborious if you have to rely on the speed of a browser. However, it's not enough to just have an app. That app has to be quick and easy to navigate, not just in terms of reducing stress but to allow users to catch odds before they change. MoPlay have translated the intuitive layout of their browser site into the app to allow users to access in-play betting markets on the go. Android users can sign up at moplay.co.uk before downloading the app via the website, but they will be rewarded with an interface that is among the slickest and most logical of bookmaking apps.


In the crowded market of sports apps, new names like that of MoPlay have to differentiate themselves. MoPlay have done that through their visually appealing layout, with Ketchapp Summer Sports taking a similar approach to their gaming experience. Creating an effective sports gaming app is difficult, considering the gulf in technological quality that is unavoidable when comparing an app and a video game. This is why Ketchapp Summer Sports' approach has proven so popular.Rather than attempting to create something that emulates richly detailed video games, the app's simplistic visuals and gameplay give it a unique feel. The ability to track records in the hope of setting new personal and worldwide bests encourages users to return to the app to compete in a variety of Olympic sports. Most will still go to console classics for the premier gaming experience, but an app like Ketchapp Summer Sports taps into the beauty of sport in a way that makes it the ideal companion for a commute. As app developers continue to push the boundaries, it will be interesting to reflect on the world of sports apps in another year to see what experimentations have since become the default. 


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