2010 Ryder Cup

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Description of App: 

As described in the iTunes Store:

The 2010 official Ryder Cup iPhone App will provide you with an unparalleled fan experience, including many innovative features that bring you closer to the action at Celtic Manor. The PGA of America and the European Tour have synchronized this App for all users whether cheering for the U.S. or Europe. Fans of both sides can post comments to the App’s Social section via Facebook Connect, crystallizing Ryder Cup banter directly within the App.

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad App content includes:

  • LIVE video coverage
  • Select holes during morning & afternoon sessions
  • SiriusXM Radio
  • In-App upgrade of $1.99 for Live Video & Radio
  • Daily Video highlights
  • Live ScoringPlayer/Team Scoring
  • Player/Team Profiles
  • News from the Course
  • Course Overview
  • Photo Gallery
  • Custom Push Alerts

Push Notifications will allow Users to obtain an additional level of event coverage by receiving breaking news, hole-by-hole scoring, session scores and match results. Users will be able to turn the alerts on and off altogether or individually.

The Course section provides imagery and descriptions for all of Celtic Manor’s 18 holes at the swipe of a finger. Hole photos are also included, and are displayed via a “rotating card” feature. Team Wins for each hole are provided as a unique team performance stat, and Flyover Video captures course detail from a bird’s eye view of each hole.

The App will be free for all scoring, player, alert and course content, and utilizes the iPhone’s In-App Upgrade feature to provide U.S. users access to exclusive Live Video and Sirius/XM Radio for $1.99.

Live Scoring is displayed in a side-by-side format that leverages the horizontal feature of the iPhone to bring even more detail to a team competition format. Match scoring and results are provided with Projected Points if a match were to end at that current point in time.

Version: 

1.1

Free or Paid: 

Free

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPhone 4

Accessibility Comments: 

If you are looking for an accessible app to follow this year's Ryder Cup, this is not it.

I could probably put up with the unlabelled buttons, of which there are many, but the problems with the live scores made me want to throw my iPhone at the wall. This is how VoiceOver read the live scores from this morning's fourballs - first it reads the names of the two European players, then it reads the names of the two American players. All fine so far, but then it reads the score. These are simply read as 1 up after 2, 1 up after 3, etc. There is no way of knowing which of the pairings is actually leading! It appears that this is represented graphically in the app, but that is of no help to those of us who rely on VoiceOver.

There is plenty of other content in this app which is accessible, so perhaps worth a download for that, but look elsewhere for live scores.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads most page elements.

Button Labeling: 

Few buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

There are some accessibility issues with this app, but it can still be used if you are willing to tolerate these issues and learn how to work around them.