The best way to experience a sporting event is to watch it live, but that’s not always possible. So how do you track scores in real time? If you own an Android smartphone or tablet, you can display live sports scores in floating bubbles on your screen.
This function is possible through the Google app on Android devices. All you have to do is search for a sporting event and pin it to the screen. We show you how to do it.
First, open the Google app (or use the Google widget on your home screen), then search for a specific team or sport.
The results for your search will be displayed, and if there is a live event happening, you will see a “Freeze Live Score” button.
You may be asked to update the app settings to allow Google to draw over other apps. This is required to make sure the bubble stays up to date with other content and apps. Tap “Open Settings” to continue.
On the next screen, find ‘Google’ in the list.
Set the switch to ‘Allow viewing through other apps’.
Now you can go back and tap “Freeze Live Score” again. The score will emerge as a small floating bubble that stays on top of everything you do on your Android device. It can also be dragged across the screen.
Tapping the balloon will open a window with some more information about the event.
From this window you get a few extra options. First, tap on ‘Automatically pin future games’.
Select the team you want to follow, and Google will automatically pin scores to your screen when they play a game.
You can also tap Stats, News & More, which will take you to a page in the Google app with more details about the event.
To remove the pinned score from your screen, tap it and select ‘Remove’.
You can also drag the balloon to the “X” at the bottom of your screen.
That’s all there is to it! This is a great way to keep an eye on a sporting event without constantly refreshing a page or opening an app.