Top 10 Best Apps for London Olympics 2012

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The greatest multi-sport event on globe, for which – the athletes are being trained from last 4 years, the host city is being prepared from last 7 years and the fans have booked tickets before months and months –, is finally going to begin in London. If you are a passionate Olympic follower, then you might never like to miss any event of London Olympics 2012. There are lots of developers who have developed apps for this extremely special event to make your experience better. This article has included 10 very handy apps for London Olympics 2012. In case, you can’t go to London or can’t stay in front of the TV due to any reason, the apps will give you access to all the action and drama from the London games. If you are planning to visit London, there are also some apps which will help to make your task a little bit easier. A few innovative apps are also included, which will give you some Olympic-themed fun.

Top 10 Best Apps for London Olympics 2012

1, London 2012: Join In 

  • Platforms: Android, iOS and BlackBerry
  • Cost: Free

The Official London 2012 Join In app plays a role not only as a pocket guide to Olympic games, but also as a guide to London itself. This app is useful in both the situation, whether you are watching the games from home or you have tickets to any of the events. It provides a complete schedule of the 2012 London Olympics events, with detail maps and directions for all venues. Apart from the Olympics events, the app will also update information about all the cultural, city and community events and activities happening in London and all of the host cities around the UK, allowing users to get a full British experience.

There is a My Games option, which allows the users to create their personal schedule to plan what they want to watch during the games. The people who are not in London can get live updates including news, social commentary and photos of the Games. The minute-by-minute updates for Torch Relay will also be provided with detailed information, photos and videos. What’s more is deep social network integration to post updates to your wall, upload photos, tweet, and let your friends know what you’re doing.

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2, London 2012: Results 

  • Platforms: Android, iOS, BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7
  • Cost: Free

The Official London 2012 Results app is not featured with live streaming video, but it facilitates the users to follow all latest news, schedules, latest pictures, updates and results throughout the Olympics and Paralympics. View profiles of every participating athlete and stay up-to-date with the current Olympic standings of your favorite athletes. There is a My Games option, which allows you to add your favorite athletes, sports and events to keep the stuff in check that interest you most.

The medal stats will be shown on the app by sport, by nation, and by individual athlete. The app also allows you to follow specific nations and get official news and updates regarding them. It provides live updates for the underway events through social commentary, photos and news to keep you updated with what is going on regardless where you are.

3, NBC Olympics Live Extra 

  • Platforms: Android and iOS
  • Cost: Free

The Olympic lovers, who do not want to miss even a single moment of the 2012 London Olympic Summer Games must install NBC Olympics Live Extra app. Apart from TV coverage, NBC Olympics Live Extra app will be excellent and only way to watch every moment of the 2012 London Olympics live for free. This app will enable the users to watch simulcasts of all the Olympics programs on NBC Universal television cable channels. Here, the users are allowed to follow their desired sports and events to get push notifications for upcoming events.

Moreover, the app provides alternate camera views for sports like gymnastics and track & field to enhance the viewing experience of users. That’s not all; the app also facilitates the users to relive all the best moments of the Olympics with full event replays.

4, NBC Olympics 

  • Platforms: Android and iOS
  • Cost: Free

Here is one more app from NBC for the Olympics, but this one is distinct, providing news, pictures, video of every sport & event and all the athletes from Team USA. NBC Olympics app enables the users to follow their favorite sports, athletes and teams, as well as to interact with other fans through Facebook and Twitter streams. During the Olympics, the users can get access to real-time results & schedules, TV & online listings, medal counts and the stories about the events. During the nightly NBC Primetime Show, the app will become a companion to the on-air broadcast and provide a second screen experience to the users.

The app makes it possible for users to get push notifications for programming reminders, breaking news, and results of their favorite athletes and teams. The users can also get news, photos and videos about athletes from their hometown by opting for their local NBC affiliate. NBC Olympics app also provides the info about the host city with photos, video and news.

5, BBC Olympics 

  • Platforms: Android, iOS and BlackBerry
  • Cost: Free

BBC, the official broadcaster of the Olympic Games, has developed this app to offer its coverage across 24 live streams. BBC Olympics app is exclusive to the United Kingdom, so only UK users will be able to follow the Olympic updates through the live streams of this app. Here, the users can catch up all the action from the games, along with key highlights, athletes’ interviews, medal ceremonies and news updates. The detailed schedule of Olympics is provided on the app and the results for every event will also be updated on the app.

The daily live text commentaries from BBC journalists and medals table will also be showcased on the app. The app includes the separate pages for every Olympic sport, every competing nation and every Olympic participating athlete to provide the users with detailed information. The users are also enabled to share stories, results and videos on social networks and by email.

6, IntoNow

  • Platforms: Android and iOS
  • Cost: Free

A free app from Yahoo, IntoNow makes users’ TV watching experience more interesting, entertaining, social and fun. This app identifies that which TV show you are watching and then rewards you with related content, customized suggestions, and conversations to connect with buddies. This feature makes IntoNow as an excellent application for watching 2012 London Olympics.

After identifying that you are watching Olympic Games, IntoNow will facilitate you to see who else is watching the same thing as well as to converse with them in the app, or on Twitter and Facebook. The app also enables the users to see the listings of upcoming Olympics broadcasts, as well athlete bios, images, medal counts, etc.

7, Ban.jo 

  • Platforms: Android and iOS
  • Cost: Free

The apps described above are excellent to enable the users to access the national broadcaster coverage at their fingertips. Ban.jo is a distinct app, facilitating you to hear from enthusiasts who are present at the venue. By aggregating and mapping location-tagged social media, this app will enable you to get updates by this way at this Olympics. The users are allowed to follow status updates, tweets, images, and any other social media from users who are present at venues of games, either by navigating to London in the app or by utilizing Ban.jo’s new ‘trending places’ feature.

8, 2012 Team USA Road to London 

  • Platforms: Android and iOS
  • Cost: Free

Developed by United States Olympic Committee, 2012 Team USA Road to London app is dedicated to support the USA team at the Olympics. The app will provide daily updates regarding the making of Team USA. You can get access to the biographies of athletes, as well as explore their photo galleries and video clips. That is not all; there is also a custom-made ‘cheer’ button, which facilitates the users to send personal messages to their favorite athletes by means of Facebook and Twitter.

As well as, if you are real follower of your Team USA, you have ability to cheer the team in style by purchasing official Team USA gear through this app. The app will provide unique and relevant editorial content about specific sport and athlete on a daily basis. This type of team app is also available for other countries, including South Korea, Austria, Netherlands, Slovenia and Ireland.

9, London 2012 Official Mobile Game 

  • Platforms: Android and iOS
  • Cost: Free or £1.99 (premium)

Jump in the various Olympic Games on your mobile device or tablet via London 2012 Official Mobile Game app, and get a pleasure of being an athlete instead of just watching the games. This app has included nine key Olympic sports such as archery, kayak, various 100m swimming events, 100m, 110m hurdles, pole vault and triple jump. This official game has been designed with some genuine 2012 Olympic venues. The game is available in eight languages including English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Japanese, Russian and Korean.

The game comes in three stages: training, Olympic, and challenge. Set up your character, train and customize to boost up statistics and jump in field to compete against either virtual competitors or other players. The users are facilitated to acquire extra goodies through some in-app purchases, too.

10, Reuters Olympics London 2012 

  • Platforms: iOS only
  • Cost: Free

An excellent photography app, Reuters Olympics London 2012, will feature a steady stream of high-resolution photos and live moments from Olympics. The app will share great Olympic moments and images captured by award-winning photographers from Reuters. The developers have created a scrollable timeline to display the images, and many of the images will come with interesting info graphics and facts about the sports they show. The app will be updated with dozens of new images on a daily basis throughout the Games period, so make sure to visit it regularly to get closer to the action. The users will also have ability to follow event schedules, Reuters’ editorial content, game results, medal tables and social media.

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