Smartphone apps have already been adding social abilities to previously solo sports, allowing people to share biking paths or running speeds via email and social networks. When entrepreneur and former competitive-bowler Robin Oh came to Appiction, he wanted to inject some of these community features into the sport of bowling. While other bowling apps on the market allow their users to simply score frames, track success rate of splits and directly incorporate a handicap into scoring, Bowl Mate takes all of these information points and more, and makes them sharable among friends and fellow leagues.
Bowl Mate is set to become one of the most important new tools in league and competitive bowling and allows team members to encourage one another and track progress in a far more granular way.
For Appiction, the app involved developing a rich back end that allowed passwords and usernames for members, names for leagues, a searchable directory of leagues and moderator controls. The app's designs taps a classic Americana look, and is kept clean and uncluttered to make navigating through the app's many points on information less complex.