July 13, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
If you’re in Great Britain and were jealous of the US-only NBC Olympics app announced yesterday, don’t be. Not only are Britons closer to the games and treated to a better network covering the event, they also have their own Olympic app capable of broadcasting live video.
The BBC Olympics App has launched today for Android 2.2 or higher devices. Available only in the UK, the app is a one-stop shop for all news and results related to the games. A schedule included within the app will alert users when their favorite events take place, an All Sports section allows them to track only the competitions that most interest them, and a results page shows a live medal count of which nations are most successful.
Video plays a big part of BBC Olympics. On-demand video shows highlights of key events for everything from athletics to volleyball. A live video feed will be available for thousands of programming hours, and it works over 3G, so you’ll never miss a moment of the action. The downside is that Adobe Flash must be installed in order for video to work, so some devices may not be compatible.
News reports from BBC News also factors heavily into BBC Olympics. A Team GB page provides dedicated articles and profiles of all British athletes. In fact, every country and athlete has a similar portal with athlete profiles and results.
BBC Olympics is available for download to residents in the UK. It is a testing ground for an upcoming dedicated BBC Sport app, so give it a go and see what’s to come.