March 1, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
Major League Baseball is giving Android another swing with the release of its At Bat application. Available now in the Android Market, MLB.com At Bat has arrived just in time for the Spring season with promises of more features to come on Opening Night.
At Bat 12 is the companion app for all baseball fans, and is split into a standard Lite version and premium version that allows access to live video and audio streaming. Unlike previous seasons, MLB.tv subscribers will not need to pay an additional $14.99 for the privilege; users can simply use their MLB credentials within At Bat Lite and gain access with their existing subscription plan.
While the majors are in Florida and Arizona playing Spring ball, users can keep track of the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues. They can also get batter-by-batter updates, news stories, a widget to see scores, an icon of your favorite team, division and league standings, and video. All of which is displayed in a new UI that follows the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich design conventions. At Bat looks a lot better this year, especially on tablets.
The Premium version of At Bat offers radio broadcasts and a searchable video archive. More features will arrive in an update later this month, according to the Android Market listing. When the first pitch is thrown on April 4, expect the season to start with a better app (once again, MLB.tv subscribers don’t need to buy the premium version, just log in with your credentials on At Bat Lite).
Android 2.2 or higher is required for At Bat, and some devices may not be compatible.