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BBC launches app for Olympics

MUMBAI: BBC Sport has launched an Olympics application for Android and iOS smartphones in the UK.


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 live streaming, catch-up coverage and highlights, the app ensures that users always have a Games guide even on-the-go. Offering 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.


BBC News and Knowledge GM Phil Fearnley 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."


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.


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.


BBC coverage of the 2012 Olympics can also be enjoyed on mobile phones via the mobile browser version of the BBC Sport website.

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