London 2012: Join In
iOS, Android | Free
When the Olympics begin in London this week, you can bet on a deluge of excitement. You can also bet on the fact that it’s going to be a challenge staying on top of the games, related events, and the celebrations that will follow. Whether you’re planning on attending, or merely watching on the TV, this app offers a satisfyingly complete Olympic and Paralympic experiences. From in-depth, regularly updated listings of competitions and cultural events to a spectator guide that offers maps and facility layouts, as well as route planning for anywhere you need to be in London, this app should win a gold medal for being seriously helpful.
London 2012: Official Results
Android, iOS | Free
A total of 36 games are being played at this year’s Olympics, and from qualifiers right through to the medal rounds, that means an absolute ton of stats and results to pore over. Thankfully the official results app for the Games looks up to the challenge. Operating in real-time, the app is easy to maneuver with stylish interface and search features. The calendar offers daily event listings with an option to create your own viewing schedule, each sport has its own section offering results, news and images, and the medal count section allows you to track wins by country, sport or individual athlete.
Curly’s Pocket Guide To Sports
iOS | $0.99
Sure, you may be one of the billions of sports fans on the planet gearing up for the Games, but when it comes down to individual sports, what do you really know about it, its history and the athletes who made it what it is today? Might be time to check out Curly’s Pocket Guide for the answers, as it’s designed to explain all the sports you’ll be cheering for. Cycling, swimming, rowing, gymnastics and just about everything else gets covered here, from basic rules with illustrations to an archive of entertaining sporting anecdotes, a plethora of facts, and gameplay tactics.
iOS | Free
Looking for a more social experience when you’re following the Olympics this summer? You might want to consider Fanatix and its socially interactive platform for your mobile. In addition to offering real-time scores and results for regular league sports including football, baseball and cricket, the app’s Olympic component will also provide a collection of regularly updated photos, group chatting, filtered Twitter feeds and recommendations for finding new friends. Whatever your sport, Fanatix allows you to keep up a continuous dialogue with like-minded sports fans as the Games unfold.
Time Out: London Travel Guide
iOS, Android | Free
Once you’re in London and getting whipped up in an Olympic frenzy, you may want to take a pause here or there to explore one of the greatest cities on Earth. Time Out’s London app is just the ticket, as it’s designed to provide information on the best in culture, nightlife, food, pubs, and museums. If you’re looking for something in specific, search away, but the app’s feature for recommending and locating all places nearby to your location could mean stumbling on a hidden gem. You can even piece together an itinerary after bookmarking your favourite locations as well as scope out the Editor’s Picks for advice from a local.
Windows, Android, iOS | Free
Likewise, another option for discovering a city like London is with TripAdvisor’s comprehensive travel app. Locate accommodations, places to eat and things to see and do while reading helpful and honest reviews by fellow travelers (after all, who better to trust than the people who have already been there and paid the bill?). Save all your findings for future reference, or if you’re feeling spontaneous, the app’s Near Me Now feature searches for recommendations from wherever you’re situated.
Reuters Olympics London 2012
iOS | Free
In terms of visually engaging news coverage, Reuters is ubiquitous. Good thing they’ll also be hanging around the Olympics this year as well, regularly updating their official app in the process. In addition to supplying you with a schedule and medal standings, the real selling point here is the expected collection of photography intended to capture the excitement, agony and ecstasy of the Games from people with unprecedented access to everything. Relying on a simple interface, the app should be essential for those of us looking for real insight into the athletes and competitions as they happen.
BlackBerry, iOS, Android | $0.99
As one of the world’s most complex and sprawling underground transit systems, London’s Tube can be, well, slightly daunting to the uninitiated. If you’re planning on traveling to London to check out the Olympics, you can bet that any number of apps designed to help you ride the Tube will come in handy. Compatible with Google Maps, the London Tube app uses the city’s official subway map to help you navigate, plan your journey in the most direct way, save existing routes for future reference, and view real-time service updates and news. Additionally, the app relies on augmented reality to help you find nearby stations within a kilometer of your location. In terms of riding the Tube without getting lost or confused, this app is mandatory.