Aston Villa may be struggling for form in the Premier League, but you can still keep up to date with the latest goings on using your Android device. There’s still time for Remi Garde’s side, and you can never say never in football. As they say, it’s the hope that gets you.
If you want the latest and greatest Aston Villa Android apps, look no further for 5 of the best on the Play Store, with pros, cons and information about each one.
1. Aston Villa
If you’re only going to grab one of the apps on this list, make sure to give this one a try.
This is the official Aston Villa Android app, and it has everything that you would expect. It has the latest news and free videos, as well as stats and wallpapers that can be downloaded. You’ll find nearly everything you could possibly want, and it’s mostly free to use.
The best features are found during live games, where you can see the latest scores and minute by minute text commentary, which is really helpful if you’re unable to watch the game, and you want quick updates,
You can also subscribe for match highlights and goals, as well as exclusive video interviews, though it costs roughly $40 per year, so it’s probably only going to be useful for the most dedicated of supporters.
2. Aston Villa Alarm
If you always find yourself missing games, (and at the moment, who could really blame you) this app is designed to notify you before every match.
Of course, if you download the official app you’ll find a ticker at the top that counts down to the next game, but if you want a stripped down version without all of the bells and whistles this is a solid option.
3. Villa Football News
If you’re looking for a dedicated Aston Villa news app, there actually aren’t that many available. This is one of the few on offer and its average at best. The info suggests that it’s a little behind on the times, (mentioning Tim Sherwood as manager, despite his sacking in October 2015) but the news is thankfully up to date.
Unfortunately, the tabs at the bottom open new web pages, apart from the More button which opens the following menu;
These web pages are full of relevant information, but it means that you won’t be able to access most of the app when you’re offline, so bear that in mind.
4. The Villans
This is an unofficial app that was made to give you all the information you need about Aston Villa. (Allegedly.)
You’ll find videos, photos, and the latest news, as well as social media updates from the team. If the official offering isn’t enough for you, you’ll find news from a decent variety of sources here.
Weirdly, they did a bad copy-paste job in the information section on the Play Store; as it says the app;
Also provides instant access to the Arsenal official website.
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If you can get past the complete lack of attention paid to the info, you’ll find a reasonably decent news app, though it doesn’t compare to the official app, or even trawling the web.
5. AVFC Football FanChants Free
This app is designed so you can sing along with your favorite songs, or get to know some of the famous chants that have rang out around Villa Park over the years.
There’s a wide selection of chants to choose from, although they’re not always the clearest recordings. Luckily, you can get subtitles so you’ll always be able to understand and get involved.
Aston Villa has long been regarded as one of English football’s sleeping giants, but the threat of relegation has loomed since the loss of Fabian Delph and Christian Benteke at the start of the 2015 season. No matter what, they’re one of the biggest teams in England, and they’re sure to endure whatever their final fate.
Once you’ve sorted out which apps you want to download, make sure to manage their permissions in your settings. (Why should a news app be able to access your microphone, or see your call lists?)
If we’ve missed a great Villa app, or you have questions about one of the apps on this list, let us know in the comments below, or you can send us a message on Facebook or Twitter.