APP OF THE DAY: BBC Olympics review (Android/iPhone)

The London 2012 Olympic Games are in full swing and there are plenty of ways to keep up with the action. The BBC has quite literally pulled out all the stops to make sure that you can enjoy the sports and with a presence on just about every platform; it's difficult not to be impressed with the offering.

But with so many of us stuck at the desk without tickets, and so much BBC coverage to negotiate, it might be your mobile phone you turn to. Don't worry, the BBC have a dedicated app for that. Today's App of the Day is none other than BBC Olympics.

BBC Olympics

Platform
Android, iPhone

Price
Free

Where
Google Play, iTunes

BBC Olympics is a dedicated app (on Android, iPhone) that will bring you only content from the London 2012 Olympic Games. Open it up and you are presented with a home page offering quick access to top stories and live coverage to stream to your phone.

The home page also offers news, with a tab to move over to Team GB news only and a summary of the medals table. At the time of writing, GB has 2 medals and China tops the table with 13.

A click on the top bar offers a a schedule. This is a really useful area of the app, because it details what's happening in each sport, so if it's boxing you're interested in, you can find out what is happening in boxing on each day, although you can't set reminders or anything else to tailor it to your liking.

 

A third icon lets you link through to the menu. This will let you access a huge range of useful content, from a full medals table, to details for every individual sport. There are also links through to Team GB news, individual athletes and all the countries. If you want to find information on Australia, say, it's a few clicks away, with all the latest news.

News stories across the app refresh regularly, so it doesn’t feel like you are reading old news and with so much happening at the London 2012 Olympic Games, that's an important point.

It's not just static content either. You can click through to open up live coverage. There is live text coverage, for those sitting at work wanting a sneaky update, as well as live video coverage.

Click on the video and you are treated to a number of live streams. Today, Day 3, there are 20 available. The app tells you the channel they mirror, for example, with access to the main BBC One or BBC Three coverage, or diving straight into specific sport coverage.

It all works very nicely. Of course, the video will eat 3G data, but if you're in your home Wi-Fi network and you want to watch something else, there's nothing to stop you firing up the artistic gymnastics on your phone, while everyone else is watching weightlifting on the main TV.

If you've found yourself at work, wanting more Olympics coverage having feasted on the sport over the weekend, then BBC Olympics is just what you need. With the BBC Olympics app, you really do have the Games at your fingertips and best of all, it's free to download and free from adverts.