Tech Review: Apps help prep for the Super Bowl

Apps that help users stay connected.

Apps that help users stay connected. (Credit: AFP / Getty Images)

More than 100 million Americans are expected to watch the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks face off at MetLife Stadium in Super Bowl XLVIII. These apps will get you ready for two halves of football, a halftime of songs and a whole day of partying.

NFL Homegating

(iOS, Android; free)


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Although the Super Bowl is being played just across the Hudson River, most Long Islanders will watch the game from the cozy confines of a living room surrounded by friends. This app can help you be a better party host or partygoer with food suggestions, party ideas and recipes. Did you wake up this morning and decide you want to invite a houseful of crazed football fans to watch the game with you? The app can send instant invitations via text or email.

Denver Broncos Mobile

Seattle Seahawks Mobile

(iOS, Android; free)

With only the Broncos and Seahawks still standing in the NFL season, fans of the other 30 teams must find a new jersey in New Jersey to root for. Because these apps from developer YinzCam are licensed by the NFL, they combine both style and substance typically missing in most home-brewed fan apps. Both apps have news, opinions, stats and rosters, so even those unfamiliar with the teams can be experts by kickoff.

Fox Sports Go

(iPad; free)

The game is telecast on Fox this year, but if you can't be in front of a TV, this app from Fox Sports will stream the game to you. Because of the NFL's byzantine rights rules, only iPads are eligible to receive the stream, even though there's a version of Fox Sports Go for iPhones. Fox says this is the first time the Super Bowl will be streamed via an app. The game will also be streamed at foxsportsgo.com.

Bruno Mars Lyrics

(Android; free)

This app can get you up to speed on audibles. Not the ones loudly barked by Peyton Manning but those sweetly sung by Bruno Mars. The Hawaiian-born singer-songwriter will provide this year's halftime entertainment, and this app will help those not familiar with Mars' many chart-topping hits sing along until the second-half kickoff.

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