Whilst each app is obviously independent of each other, we think that used as one 'tool' they will accompany each other quite nicely. It's also worth noting that all the apps are free to download and won't require any sort of subscription to use; a feature we were keen to include.
OFFICIAL FIFA WORLD CUP APP 2014 FOR iPHONE & ANDROID
First up is how good the app looks, and you will quickly see that it looks polished, modern and something that you will love to use for the duration of the tournament. Aside from the World Cup, the app does include a ton of information from leagues around the world, so it should last you way beyond betting on the World Cup.
The World Cup section can be found by clicking on the menu button in the top left corner. From here you can find out all the latest news on the tournament whilst also being able to flick between the different groups, schedules, qualifiers and destinations that the countries will visit.
Each team will have a little synopsis about them with information on their World Cup history, current crop of players, key players and best performances. The key players section is especially useful for countries that you might not be as familiar with, especially if you looking to have a punt on top goalscorer markets or similar. The match centre will allow you to keep track of the game as its taking place whilst also being one of the first places you will hear about any team news and starting line-ups.
Overall, an essential app for keeping up to date with everything going on in the World Cup!
FILMON/BBC iPLAYER - WATCH THE WORLD CUP ON YOUR PHONE OR TABLET
The BBC iPlayer app is probably the better of the two in terms of usability, but to be honest, they both provide the same service and are pretty much on par with each other.
PADDY POWER MOBILE - BEST WORLD CUP BETTING APP
One of the reasons the app has become so popular is because of features like their Match Live section. This is all powered around live betting - of which Paddy Power were one of the first bookmakers to really promote - and allows punters to not only bet on in-play markets via their smartphone, but also allows them to see an absolute plethora of stats and information as that game takes.
Whilst many betting apps will allow you to see the score of each game and bet on that match, few allow you to get a real sense of which team is in the ascendancy without actually watching the match. Stats including shots on target, attacks, dangerous attacks, possession percentages, corners and so many more, allowing you to make better informed decisions about your bets.
The app also includes live streaming of matches, so not only can you use the Match Live feature, but if you'd rather just sit down and watch the match (for free), then you can do. Whilst this is dependent on broadcasting rights, at the very minimum you will be able to tune into their live commentary of each game of the World Cup. Read our full review of the app HERE.
UNITED STATES CITIZENS: If you live in the USA, we would recommend the Carbon Sports Mobile app. They iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone compatible sportsbook app offers widest range of World Cup betting markets and also the most technologically advanced mobile software.
OLBG BETTING ADVICE - BEST APP FOR WORLD CUP BETTING TIPS
We liked the fact that you could dig as deep as you like on the app to see some of the more obscure or bigger return markets. What's great about it is that each bet is offered up as percentage, so you can see how many people think that bet is going to be a winner. The quality of tips will range, but you can click and see who's posted the tip before then seeing what their record has been like. It's also easy to filter between tipsters who are running hot and cold, so if you like jumping on someone's hot streak, then you're only a few clicks away.
You can register on the app as well so you can start putting in your own tips and comments. We found this to be a great way to get clarification on bets that you possibly weren't certain about or to engage with other tipsters about their bets. Each tip has to include a little extract of why the bettor has made their selection, again adding to the value of each pick.
PADDYPOWER MOBILE - BEST APP FOR WORLD CUP FREE BETS & OFFERS
One of their current World Cup promotions includes an offer where if you bet on the Top Goalscorer market for the tournament, then every time the player you backed scores, Paddy Power will give you a free bet worth £5. Let's say you backed Thomas Mueller last year with the same offer, for his 5 goals he scored you would have amassed a healthy £25 in terms of free bets plus your winnings for backing him outright. We dare say that this is about as good an offer as we have seen for the 2014 World Cup! Read our full review HERE.