Now that the year is drawing to a close you may want to get into countdown mode; there's a good chance you're already there. One of the most iconic ways to spend New Year's Eve is by watching the ball drop in Times Square. This year you can watch it happen live on your mobile device with the Times Square Official New Year's Eve Ball App that can be used on your iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone to ring in the New Year. Even if you’re off at a party you can still see the ball drop thanks to this app.
See It All Live
Of course nothing beats being in Times Square in NYC on New Year's eve and even if you do happen to be lucky enough to be heading there in person you can still use this app while there. However, for the rest of the population that don't get to see it in person, this is a great and mobile way to catch it live. This celebration is literally watched by millions around the world and each year it seems to get bigger and more exciting. What will the ball look like this year? Tune in to find out.
It's more than just the ball dropping though: this app will also connect you to exclusive video content, live streaming events, musical performances, the opening ceremonies, hourly countdowns, and all the celebrity appearances. It’s the entire live co-hosted event you’ll have access to. Perhaps you’re heading out to a party with friends; well, just because you aren’t at home doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the celebrations taking place in NYC.
This app offers up some social aspects too as you can not only follow but also chat with the one and only Times Square Ball on Twitter along with millions of others. A countdown clock displays across the top of the screen and you can personalize this clock with your own time zone and even a photo.
As for the user interface I wish it felt a bit less cluttered. I love all the features of the app and the fact I can watch things happen live on the big night, but the screen is rather busy-looking. If this could be streamlined it would all come off a lot more polished. This is a fun way to take the countdown with you that evening wherever you happen to be spending New Year’s Eve.
Pros and Cons
- Provides you with a countdown clock for New Year’s Eve that you can customize
- Connect to the live events happening from Times Square in New York City
- Follow the Twitter feed and make comments/chat live with others
- The user interface is busy and cluttered
- The app has a dated feel it would be nice to have it look more modern
- You will need an Internet connect to stream events
The Times Square Official New Year app for your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone gives you a way to enjoy the celebrations live no matter where you may happen to be that night.