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How to get the London 2012 Olympic games on your mobile phone

The 2012 Olympic games are now in full swing, with events galore every day. But how will you stay abreast of all the happenings of the UK’s largest sporting event? I am now looking at the best ways for you to enjoy all the coverage of the event, from your trusty auld mobile phone.

BBC Olympics app

With the BBC being the key channel to watch during the Olympics, it would be remiss of me not to start with its series of applications.

The Beeb’s free Olympics sport app is available for Android 2.2 onwards and Apple’s iOS 5.0 and above. There is also support for BlackBerry handsets. And If your phone is left off this list, there is a basic version of the BBC sports website that’s accessible by other devices.

The apps offer 24 live streaming channels of the London 2012 games, matching what is available on the TV. It is supported by a detailed schedule of all the events, with real-time results. There are also news stories on the Olympics, from each of the events. These can be saved for off-line reading, when the reception isn’t that good; for example, on the tube or train.

There is a catch-up video service and highlights of the action. You can also watch text-based commentaries, if the data connection is weak. Included within the app is access to facts and stats about every athlete from all countries represented.

These features are solely for use within the UK, but there is a cut-down version available elsewhere in the world. This is from BBC Worldwide, and it doesn’t have the video streaming feature, but does contain some of the other aspects. These are the text commentaries, news stories and updates, all of which are tailored for specific regions.

Eurosport Player

Eurosport is also covering the Olympics with its own range of apps. These are for Android and iOS (for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad running iOS 4.0 or later).

Devices running those platforms can gain access to a live simulcast from the two Eurosport TV channels, along with being able to use the back catalogue of content.

Eurosport has also collaborated with Samsung to offer new Galaxy S III handset owners a free promotional subscription, which ends on 12 August. The service costs £2.99 a month for 12 months or £4.99, with no long-term contract attached.

The Eurosport player is available for use in over 30 European countries and with the same content, costing around 5.90 Euros.

Official London 2012 Results App

I cannot end this piece without a mention of the apps from London 2012. These are available for Android, iOS, BlackBerry and Microsoft Windows Phone operating systems.

It provides the results and medal tables with a calendar of the scheduled events. There is also all the latest news and photos from the games, along with athlete profiles from various countries. The app covers both the current Olympic games and the upcoming Paralympics.

Rob Kerr is a journalist with more than 14 years experience of news, reviews and feature writing on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show. The mobile phone world is his real passion and forte, having owned a handset as far back as 1994 where he has seen them grow from just a business tool to a necessity in everyone’s everyday life.