The 2012 Summer Olympic Games are just around the corner, and whether you’ll be traveling to London to watch or catching the action from home, there are lots of ways to keep up with the action. Given the fact that the action will be happening several time zones away, with multiple events occurring at the same time, it’ll be nearly impossible to follow everything in real time. Facebook recently launched a hub where you can find info on everything Olympics, but if you want to watch all your favorite athletes and events, keep abreast of track standings and results, and find your way around the Olympic venues, check out these apps.
The official app from Olympic broadcast network NBC will be available some time in July, though no official release date has yet been announced. The app will bring you the latest news, results, schedules, video highlights, TV listings, real-time medal counts, photos, and more. You can also connect with other fans on Facebook and Twitter and track your favorite athletes, teams, and sports.
2. NBC Olympics “Live Extra” App
Price: Free for subscribers to a cable, satellite, or television TV service package that includes CNBC and MSNBC
Download: NBC Olympics “Live Extra” App will be available in July
The Live Extra app from NBC will also be available some time in July, though again, we don’t know exactly when. It will bring live video streams and full replays for all Olympic events. While NBC has stated that the app will be free for current cable subscribers, it’s unclear whether it will also be available for those who don’t have a cable account.
3. London 2012: Official Join In App For the Olympics and Paralympic Games
Download: London 2012: Official Join In App For the Olympics and Paralympic Games for iPhone and iPad
The official London 2012 app, developed and maintained by the London Organizing Committee, is a complete mobile guide to help you enjoy the games. Though it’s aimed mostly at individuals who will actually be in England for the games, the app’s wealth of information will be helpful for any Olympic fan. You can follow the progress of the Olympic Torch Relay before the games begin and keep track of when and where all the events are occurring around the country, including free local events and celebrations.
4. 2012 Team USA Road To London
Download: 2012 Team USA Road To London foriPhone and iPad or Android
The U.S. Olympic Committee created the 2012 Team USA Road to London app to follow the selection of the U.S. Olympic team and their progress in London at the games. It provides current information on team members, including bios, photo galleries, and video clips, as well as daily editorial content on athletes and events. You can even send a virtual cheer to your favorite participants!
5. London 2012 Olympic Summer Games
Download: London 2012 Olympic Summer Games for iPad
This comprehensive app contains all the information you could want about the games as they happen. It contains information about venues and schedules, medal tallies, and international sports news. There’s a countdown to July 27, and you can even listen to more than 200 national anthems from around the globe.
6. London Olympics 2012
Download: London Olympics 2012 for Android
If you’ll be traveling to England for the games, this Android app is your one-stop shop for all the information you need to enjoy the experience. You’ll find weather forecasts for all seven Olympic cities, traffic reports near the venues, a journey planner to help you figure out how to get where you’re going, and even a map of the London Underground. It also has a complete searchable schedule of all Olympic events, dates, venues, schedules, and scores, and local information about where to stay, eat, and what to do in the few moments you’re not glued to the events.
Celebrate the Olympic Games
The Olympics are one of the few times that just about the whole world comes together in a solidarity of sport. It’s an amazing experience, whether you’re there in person or watching from afar. Today’s games are a much broader event than the original Greek foot races, and these apps will help you keep track of everything that’s going on!