The Pirates Prospects App is Now Available on Android

For the longest time on this site, it made absolutely no sense to have an app. In theory, it would have been great to have, as most traffic comes on mobile devices now, and that has been the case for a few years. In reality, we spent six years as a free site, and the only way that worked was by loading up a bunch of ad networks on the site, with the most money coming via the desktop site. Making an app would have absolutely destroyed that business model, and while it would have probably led to more traffic, the revenue would have gone way down.

That all changed when we switched to a subscription site. We no longer had to rely on ad networks and hitting X amount of page views to make the site work. We didn’t need you viewing the site on your computer, or slowing down the mobile site with tons of ads to make the site work either. We just had to focus on providing good content, and making the site as easy for you as possible.

However, we switched to a subscription site at the start of last season, which made it difficult to achieve that second goal. We changed the look of the site, making it more user-friendly and clean, but the content took priority during the season. After the season, the Prospect Guide took priority. After that was finished, I finally had time to focus on getting an app built.

Today, the Pirates Prospects app has been released on Android, and just in time, as we’ll be starting our Spring Training coverage next week. The Apple version is coming soon, because Apple has to make everything in life difficult. You can download the app on the Play Store by searching for “Pirates Prospects” or by clicking on this link. Please give us a five star rating while you’re at it, to help spread the word about the app.

Here are the features on the app:

**The app has the ability to receive push notifications on your device any time we post a new article. You can customize these to either receive notifications for all articles, or just articles on the topics you choose (EX: Transactions, News and Rumors, First Pitch).

**You can favorite articles and read them later, even offline.

**The app uses Disqus, making it very easy to comment on articles from the app.

**A very fast platform which loads articles instantly.

**Easy to navigate categories and menus, along with a chronological listing of articles and when they were posted.

The app is free to download, although you must have a site account to access the content. You can download the app here, and if you don’t have a site account, you can sign up for a free one here (you’ll still need a subscription to access most of the content, and you can sign up for a subscription here).

If you have any issues with the app, please e-mail me at tim@piratesprospects.com and I’ll help you out.

  • I’m still waiting on the app to support the Apple Newton

  • Very happy to see this Tim. Thanx.

  • You should also look at a Windows 10 app after you have finished the IOS version

  • Nice job on the App!

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    February 12, 2016 5:37 pm

    works great – thanks Tim!

  • Hi Tim, lots of permissions your app requests that I’m not sure about. Love the idea, just not sure why the app requires my location, read access to my SD Card, pairing with Bluetooth, etc.

  • tim I seem to have trouble down loading the new app. to my dixie cups with string.

  • App is a great addition, well done. Super easy to use.

  • Not sure if this is just me but, so far every time I’ve tried to open a notification for a new article, the app has crashed and then I have to reopen it.

    • Did you just download it or did you get it earlier this week? The developer posted an update last night which fixed that problem.

      • I got it last week so that must be the case. Thank you.

        • No problem. That’s part of the reason we did a soft launch, to fix those types of problems that crept up when it was on the app store. I can confirm this is working now after the new update.

      • Tim, one suggestion on the app: it would be nice if opening an article, say on Facebook/Twitter, caused a redirection to open in the app instead of the browser. Thanks!

        Update: The app is great by the way! Thanks for getting one made!

    • I had the same problem with the app crashing alot in the beginning. The update fixed it. Don’t forget to add the notifications. It’s great seeing immediately when a new article is posted. I also enjoy being able to mark favorite articles. Great job Tim and crew! This has quickly become one of my favorite apps already!

  • The dozens upon dozens of people with Android phones nationwide rejoice!!! Just kidding Tim, I look forward to the app for the IPhone….

    • You should really get an Android. It’s like having the newest iPhone a year or two early.

      • iPhones are built for idiots…which is what I need.

      • As an Android developer by trade who uses an iPhone personally, I have this debate daily with my coworkers. There’s pros and cons of each, I’ll leave it at that!

      • I used to like you…then you insulted Apple.

        Just give in and worship the Dark Lord of Technology.

      • Spot on +1

        I use an iPhone, but prefer Android. Unfortunately the iPhone is better for work.

      • Speaking of which. I have a Moto X Android from Republic Wireless and, while you have to purchase the phone, I only pay $10 per month no contract. The reason I mention this is that you no longer have to choose between a massive cell phone bill and a Top Prospect subscription at P2… So, yes, I’m excited to go and download the app now.

        While I don’t mean to, like, be selling you on this, I’d just gotten tired of being soaked by Verizon. I don’t understand why people accept paying $70 or more per month for a smart phone.

        When I first heard about Republic Wireless, I thought it was a gimmick. So I bought one and handed it to my teenager and said: “Troubleshoot this and let me know how it is.” Now ALL of his friends also use Republic and parents everywhere are thanking me…

        The cost is a function of using wi-fi instead of cell towers for most things when possible. You can purchase data plans, but I’m surrounded by wi-fi most of the time and don’t need a data plan. Has unlimited text and talk over cell and you can change your plans and get as much data as you want several times a month.

        Sorry about the sales pitch, you guys, but my family saves thousands of dollars a year. Thought I’d share.

        -Wabbit

        • And now that I am the 11th download I can also reply to myself.

          Works good!

          -Wabbit

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