BBC Olympics app on Android

Last month I wrote on this blog about the new mobile video services we've developed to help you enjoy the summer of sport - including live and catch-up video on your mobile and tablet.

My team, the mobile sport and 2012 team, has been using your feedback on our Euro 2012, F1 and Wimbledon coverage to continue improving the service, working on the video quality and reliability of playback.

And as we build up to the Olympic Games, I'm excited to be able to announce the release of our next new BBC Sport mobile product - the BBC Olympics smartphone app.

It's available on Android and iPhone, and we are introducing a shortcut for Blackberry devices too.

BBC Future Media's Mobile Platforms team, based alongside us at Mediacity UK in Salford, built the app.

Great Olympic content

The BBC Olympics app is built on the same content as the Olympic mobile website, including:

  • a page for each of the 36 Olympic sports - the perfect place to find out more about the rules or what's happening when
  • every athlete and country has their own page with medal tallies, news stories and key facts
  • minute-by-minute live text commentary to give you that crucial overview of 36 sports during the live action
  • comprehensive schedule and results service to help you stay in touch with all the results as they happen
  • most importantly, thousands of hours of live video during the Games plus highlights of the best medal-winning moments

Native app features

We've taken advantage of the extra functionality available in native apps to include some additional features.

In both the iOS and Android versions you can download the latest stories to read offline - perfect for when you're on the go and in an area where there's poor mobile reception.

If you want to manage your data allowance, this can be switched off (say, on 3G), or set to take headlines without images.

The iOS app is designed for iPhones and iPod touch devices on iOS 5.0 and above. Users can personalise the iOS app, by adding their favourite Olympics sports to the customisable tab bar.

The Android app is for handsets with OS 2.2 and above. Android users need to have Flash installed to be able to watch the video.

You can see a demonstration of the app's main features in the video. Some of its content (such as medals, live video and results) won't be available until the Games start but there's plenty of news and information available now.

Please do download the new BBC Olympics app and let me know what you think.

We're working on the BBC Sport app already, and we would love to hear your Olympic feedback as we prepare the BBC Sport product.

Lucie McLean is Senior Product Manager, Mobile Sport & 2012, BBC Future Media

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  • Comment number 85. Posted by skan

    on 27 Sept 2012 15:11

    Too many people jump to conclusions too quickly... Need to wait and see what comes down the line, esp with the BBC International version. People were jumping down the throats of the BBC and they did it correctly!!! Same with those whose device is not supported... there are OTHER ways to view the Olympics rather than on your device. It was great app and i really enjoyed whole Olympic. Thanks to BBC. Regards, Manager iphone 4 battery case Joe

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  • Comment number 84. Posted by bionicsuperguy

    on 4 Sept 2012 19:58

    Doesn't work Samsung Galaxy Nexus running Android Jelly Bean - very disappointing

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  • Comment number 83. Posted by SophiaLawrence

    on 1 Sept 2012 06:59

    great article

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  • Comment number 82. Posted by kirstiemcnabb

    on 12 Aug 2012 10:56

    Just like to say thanks to bbc for the iphone app for the last two weeks of great gb performances, the live updates on there were great, so good when out and about.
    Shame the video failed most of the time whether on wifi or 3g, did mention this last weekend, but it didnt really seem to improve.

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  • Comment number 81. Posted by luciemclean

    on 8 Aug 2012 15:57

    @Imagine Wizard There's no technical reason why the app shouldn't work with that handset. We've had feedback from many other users that it's working well. Can I suggest uninstalling the app and reinstalling with a fresh download from the Google Play store?

  • Comment number 80. Posted by Imagine Wizard

    on 7 Aug 2012 18:58

    When my dad tries to open the app on his Android Galaxy S2, it doesn't work. It just shows the loading screen. It has Flash and 2.3.5 version of the OS. Any ideas why?

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  • Comment number 79. Posted by Tom Strickland

    on 6 Aug 2012 10:38

    I have been extremely impressed by the BBC's Olympic coverage. Simply as a technical achievement, scaling up to the levels of traffic that must be required has been impressive. The new online web player for sports has been fantastic for catching up. I watched the men's road race live on my Android, and it worked perfectly. I only have one quibble - but it's a big one. Let's say that I've been at work all day, carefully avoiding the news, eager to maintain some tension when I get round to watching some sport in the evening. Why make it so hard to navigate to the video of an event without finding out the result? I cannot work out how to do it in the Android Olympics app, which makes it almost useless as far as I'm concerned. I want to be watching this stuff with some tension, not navigating to page that says "Bolt won the 100m final, here's a link to the video". After getting all of the difficult technical bits so right, HOW can something so basic be so completely stuffed up? The website isn't much better in this one respect, but at least I can get to a video without learning the result if I work at it. Perhaps you do not have the time to fix this in the Olympics, but please fix this in the forthcoming BBC Sports app. For that matter, the website could also be better in this respect. The Android app really should be fixable inside the current Olympic timeframe: we're just talking about a few pages that can list links to videos, sorted either by sport or by date. If you could add in a preference to let me make that page my front page on the Olympics app, I'd be happy. How hard could that be? If the app can do something like this, and I've just been silly, please post how it can be done, as I'd like to know!
    Thanks for all your efforts - leaving this important point aside, the Internet offering from the BBC has all been very impressive.

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  • Comment number 78. Posted by luciemclean

    on 2 Aug 2012 08:00

    @iClick We are aware of this issue that occasionally affects iPad users. If you turn the wifi connection on your iPad off and then reconnect, you should be able to watch successfully.

  • Comment number 77. Posted by kirstiemcnabb

    on 2 Aug 2012 06:35

    So far this app has been good on the iphone, really made good use of it
    But most days it has had trouble with video, and yesterday it was very bad, video failed to load 9/10 times and crashed quite a lot, hope this gets fixed going on

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  • Comment number 76. Posted by iucidium

    on 1 Aug 2012 17:13

    And with the release of Android 4.1 and the Nexus 7 you cannot use this app unless you use the workarounds. Well done for favouring iOS AGAIN.

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