Riot Games has a brand new social app that they've just let loose upon the world via iOS and Android. The app allows players to communicate with friends and stay up to date on what's happening with your team's matches and progress.
The news was posted up over on the official League of Legends website where they explain that fans, players and pros alike can keep track of the 2016 season by using the League Friends app to stay up to date on the latest news and happenings for those in a social circle.
The free app is designed so that users never miss invites to matches (although I don't see how this helps all that much if you aren't at your PC or near a laptop). The app allows players to see their friends list from League of Legends, as well as add new friends to the list and even chat with members one-on-one.
The League Friends chat service in the app is pretty much on par to what you would expect from other text messaging services on smartphones, from Facebook to Twitter to Instagram and every other service in between. The app is fairly limited in its use and you aren't going to get much mileage out of it if you don't have a lot of friends or don't make League of Legends a top priority in your social circles outside of your PC gaming habits, but there is a lot of potential for the app if Riot decides to pursue the opportunities laid forth before them.
Over on the official website there are a lot of comments about what the app could eventually become. For instance, one person asked about potentially adding in the ability to spectate matches and see what's going on in real-time. The idea of the app being turned into a mobile spectator was shut down by a few users who noted that mobile phones just aren't up to snuff to properly run League of Legends in a high enough quality to allow for spectating.
Some suggested video playback of the matches, but that's already possible just by visiting something like Twitch or watching replays on YouTube. Real-time spectating and being able to scour the play field and see who is playing and what tactics they're using and dynamically switch to various players or different teams isn't possible for mobile devices right now. However, I wouldn't put it past Riot that a feature like this may soon be included in the free app.
It's always possible that they could lower the graphics and effect settings in League of Legends and then allow players to spectate the match on their mobile phones while chatting it up with friends or teammates.
One of the only major complaints is that the League Friends app isn't available for Windows Phones... yet. I'm sure Riot is already working on a fix for that and aiming to get the app up and out for those using the Windows Phone.
You can grab the free app right now from the iTunes app store or the Google Play store.