BBC Sport launches Olympics app on iOS and Android
BBC Sport has today launched its Olympics app on Apple iOS and Google Android smartphones, allowing UK users to follow 24 live streams of coverage of London 2012 events.
Alongside video coverage, the app also offers a comprehensive schedule and results page for the Games, while daily news stories can be accessed both online and offline.
BBC Sport’s Olympics app offers the 24 live streams that will also be offered online, digital TV and connected TV platforms, as part of the BBC’s commitment to showing every event from the Games.
The app will also make available catch-up coverage and highlights, ensuring mobile users are always kept up to date with the action.
In addition to the video, users of the app can consume detailed facts, stats and information for every athlete, country and sport, updated in real time.
Users can access live daily text commentaries, news stories and other information covering every Olympic event. Stories can be stored on the smartphones to be reviewed while away from a WiFi or 3G connection.
Apple iOS device users can also personalise the app by adding their favourite Olympics sports to the customisable tab bar, enabling quicker access to the live action.
“For the first truly digital Olympics, we needed to ensure that everyone could access our quality coverage wherever they were, across multiple devices,” said Phil Fearnley, the general manager of BBC News & Knowledge.
“The free BBC Sport Olympics app for UK Android and iOS smartphones ensures that everything you need to keep up-to-date with the action is right there at your fingertips.
“Even when you’re out of range of 3G or wireless, we’ll still be able to deliver the latest news to you offline. The app adds even greater value to the BBC Sport mobile experience, ensuring you never miss a moment of the Games.”
Both versions of the app are available to UK smartphones users today, optimised for devices running iOS 5.0 or above, and Android OS 2.2 with Flash installed.
The Android app can be downloaded now from the Android App Store, while the iOS app is in the iTunes App Store.
BBC coverage of the 2012 Olympics can also be enjoyed on mobile phones via the mobile browser version of the BBC Sport website.
BlackBerry an Afterthought
The BBC did not indicate whether a version for Windows Phone devices would also be launched, but did say that a shortcut for BlackBerry users to bookmark the BBC Olympics website is available now from App World.
We’re really disappointed that the BlackBerry version appears to be nothing more than an afterthought.
If you want the BlackBerry shortcut App, you can download it now.