The London 2012 Olympic Games are upon us and with it comes all the usual excitement and media coverage overload that you’d expect from any other Olympic Games.
There is one difference however. With the advent of tablet and smartphone technology coming to the forefront within the past two years it’s unlikely that you’re going to check for updates on a computer and will likely turn to your mobile device.
Knowing this, app developers have come out with quite a few ways for you to stay connected and up to date with London 2012 no matter where you are.
The following is a list of some of the better Olympic apps out there—and, best of all, they’re all free.
1. CTV Olympics London 2012 App (iOS/Android/Blackberry/Windows Phone 7)
If you’re looking for an Olympic app with content that focuses heavily on Canadians then this is pretty much the only option you have. Luckily, the features it boasts are pretty good.
With this app you’ll get access to all of the content that ends up on the CTV Olympics website. This includes news, columns, video highlights and, most impressively, live streaming of events from CTV, TSN, Sportsnet, OLN and a generic Olympic feed (no commentators).
Overall, this is a pretty nifty app to have if you really want that Canadian perspective from your Olympic Games.
2. London 2012: Official Results App (iOS/Android/Blackberry/Windows Phone 7)
The name says it all. What you see is pretty much what you get. If all you’re interested in is information about results and event start times during London 2012 then this is the app for you. It’s boring but very useful.
3. London 2012: Official Join In App (iOS/Android/Blackberry)
The second of the two official London 2012 apps, this one is far more feature rich than the Official Results app. This is app is designed with the intention to help people who are actually in London to enrich their spectator experience, featuring detailed and interactive maps of all the event venues and trip planning tools.
Those who are actually in London will obviously get the most out of this app. However, it still might not be too bad to check out since it will be updated with news and photos from the London 2012 official editorial team, allowing you to see the Olympic Games from a British perspective.
4. Medals 2012 (iOS/Android)
Another barebones app that comes exactly as advertised. If you want to know anything and everything about the ongoing medal count at London 2012 then this is the app for you.
5. ScoreMobile: Olympic Alerts (iOS/Android/Blackberry/Windows Phone 7)
ScoreMobile isn’t a truly dedicated app to the Olympic Games. Rather, it’s just a really awesome general sports app.
With that said, its Olympic coverage does leave much to be desired, as it only allows you to program alerts into your phone when a medal is won or any breaking news surrounding Canada, the US or Great Britain. This is a pretty weak offering considering the in-depth game tracking and constantly updated stats and newsfeeds that other sports on the app are privy to. Despite its weak Olympic showing, ScoreMobile is still worth a download as it’s probably the only app on this list that you’ll find a use for after the Olympic Games finish.