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Get ready for the Super Bowl with these mobile apps

by Brad Spirrison

Super Bowl XLVIII is just around the corner with the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks. Do you know what mobile apps to download to get ready for the big game and even bigger Super Bowl party?

No need to throw a yellow flag in the air, because we have you covered. Whether you are intent on watching every play of the game, want to do more with the famous commercials aside from just watching them, or are planning a pigskin par-tay, we have the mobile app recommendations that will put you in the end zone.

Try downloading these five apps first. May the best app win.

NFL Mobile (iPhone, iPad, Android: Free for Verizon subscribers)

If your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet device transmits data via Verizon Wireless, you’ll be able to watch every play of the game (and the Pro Bowl) with this free application. The NFL along with NBC for the first time ever is streaming the games live online and via portable devices. This is great if you need to go on a beer and chips run before halftime, or if you want to set your living room up with multiple screens without bringing that second television set downstairs. An app for all seasons, NFL Mobile also provides news, highlights in-game statistics and much more. While we hope the other major carriers will be able to access live games in the years ahead, NFL Mobile is a great way to kick off this new delivery platform for what is perennially the biggest game of the year in any sport.

Shazam (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android: Free)

You might be familiar with Shazam as the music discovery app that helps you identify what song you are listening to in an elevator or bar. The company recently added to its sound recognition technology, giving users the ability to identify and interact with the brands behind the commercials they see on television. This means you can tap into exclusive discounts, commercial outtakes and social media campaigns of the commercials that interest and entertain you the most. Shazam enthusiasts just interested in the tunes should take note of brand new Shazam Player app. The free application, currently exclusive to iOS devices, offers scrolling lyrics to each song and options to share what you are listening to with friends and followers.

Simple Soiree (iPhone, iPod Touch: $1.99)

If you’re stressed out about hosting a Super Party, invest in this gathering-planning app that will take care of guest lists, RSVPs, grocery items and more. Also available as a free Lite version, Simple Soiree will help you focus on the game.

Football Squares Plus (iPad: $2.99)

No Super Bowl party can be complete without a friendly game of squares. But rather than scribbling your score projection for the end of each quarter on a rumpled piece of paper, preserve your pick digitally with this snappy iPad app.