BBC or The BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION announced launch of its Olympics app for Apple iOS and Google Android smartphones, allowing users to follow 24 live streams of coverage of London 2012 Olympics events.
BBC Olympics app will feature video, schedules, results and a native feature allowing users to download content to read offline, with the broadcaster releasing a video (below) demonstrating the app’s main functions.
The free app offers up to 24 streams of live events coverage, comprehensive schedule and results pages, and daily news stories which can be saved for offline reading, ensuring you never miss a moment of the Games, wherever you are.
Alongside full live streaming, catch-up coverage and highlights, the app ensures you always have a comprehensive, trustworthy Games guide at your fingertips, even on-the-go. Offering detailed facts, stats and information, the app generates pages for every athlete, country and sport, updated in real-time. You can also access live daily text commentaries, news stories and a detailed schedule and results section covering every Olympics event.
Extra functionality allows stories to be saved for offline reading, ensuring the latest information is accessible even when mobile reception is unavailable. Additionally, iOS users can personalise the app by adding their favourite Olympics sports to the customisable tab bar, enabling quick access to the latest live action.
Phil Fearnley, General Manager BBC News & Knowledge, said: “For the first truly digital Olympics, we needed to ensure that everyone could access our quality coverage wherever they were, across multiple devices. 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 for UK smartphone users only. The iOS app is optimised for handsets with iOS 5.0 and above installed. The Android version is optimised for handsets with OS 2.2 and Flash installed.
– Top stories
– Daily live text commentaries from BBC journalists
– Up to 24 live video streams
– Video highlights of the action, features and interviews with athletes
– Detailed schedule and results for every event
– Medals table
– A page for every Olympic sport
– A page for every competing country
– A page for every Olympic athlete taking part
– Read the homepage top stories offline
– Share stories, videos and results by email and on social networks
The Android app can be downloaded now from the Android App Store.
The iOS app can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store.
A shortcut app for Blackberry users, which creates a bookmark for the BBC Olympics mobile website, is available from Blackberry App World.