I'm Lucie McLean, executive product manager for BBC Sport's mobile services - including the new BBC Sport app which was launched today.

The iPhone version of the app is now available from iTunes in the UK and the Android version will follow within the next few weeks.

The main features of the BBC Sport app are explained by the head of Sport Interactive Ben Gallop over on the Sports Editors' Blog.

The new BBC Sport app

To support the amazing summer of sport in 2012 we focused on delivering a great mobile experience for big events including creating the BBC Olympics app which almost two million people in the UK downloaded.

Like the Olympics app, the Sport app is a hybrid app. It contains the same web-based content as the mobile sport website and adds extra features and functionality using native app technology.

The Sport app allows you to create quick links to your favourite sports using the standard native iOS pattern for adding, removing and re-ordering. We deliberately set out to use patterns that users recognise from others apps and we'll continue to do this in the other native features we'll add to the app over the next year or so.

The Android version still needs some more development work and testing to ensure it works on the wide range of Android devices available and will be live in the next few weeks.

You may notice that some of the links in the app such as the football team pages, stats for other sports and other sport indexes open the old BBC Sport mobile site. The next phase of the app project will update these pages and add this content fully to the app and add football teams to the quick link options.

These updates will be released in the next couple of months. The tutorial screen shown when the app is first downloaded helps explain its key features. This tutorial is always available for reference in the app's Other menu. When updates to the app containing new features are available we'll update the tutorial so that it's clear what is new.

Watch the BBC Sport app tutorial

We learned a huge amount from developing, designing and testing the Olympic app and that has helped us hugely while developing the Sport app.

For example we know some Android users were disappointed that the Olympics app wasn't available on larger Android phones and smaller tablets. One of the benefits of building the app around a responsive web product was that it was much easier to build an app that scales to serve larger devices.

As a result the sport app will be available for Android devices with a screen width of seven inches or smaller. We'll also roll it out to the Kindle Fire family too once we've thoroughly tested the app on these devices.

We'll also be adding video to both the iPhone and Android versions of the app in the coming months. The BBC's solution for delivering video to Android devices was recently outlined in a blog post by my colleagues Chris Yanda.

We are developing the app for Apple and Android devices which currently account for approximately 75% of the UK smartphone market. We haven't ruled out developing the app for other platforms but building apps is expensive and as a publicly-funded organisation we have to prioritise the areas where we can reach the most users at the lowest costs.

Users with tablets and other mobile devices will be able to access both the mobile and desktop versions of the BBC Sport website and we will continue to use feedback and usage data to help us prioritise future features and versions.

Over the coming weeks there will be further posts on this blog by key people in the technical and design teams about how they built the app for iPhone and Android devices. Until then we hope you enjoy using this first release of the Sport app and we're keen to hear what other features you'd find useful in future updates.

The BBC Sport app is available for iPhones and iPod touch devices on iOS 5.0 in the UK.

Search for 'BBC Sport' in the iTunes App Store.

Lucie Mclean is the executive product manager for BBC Sport, Future Media.

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  • Comment number 116. Posted by dobbs99

    on 4 Mar 2013 06:22

    I would like to know why I can't download the bbc sport app to my android phone in South Korea? Why is in not available in Korea, I have the same problem with Sky Sports app. Why?

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  • Comment number 115. Posted by LincRed

    on 20 Feb 2013 10:16

    Yay! At last its released for Android. A month late, but its released.

    Looking good so far,but would have been nice to have had it for the run up to the transfer deadline day.

    Maybe the developers do have some ability after all.

    Now please make sure we don't have to wait for updates for months after iOS.

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  • Comment number 114. Posted by LincRed

    on 18 Feb 2013 19:59

    STILL no Android app, and STILL no reply from anyone at the BBC.

    Have you given up on the idea of an Android app? Developers not up to it? Developers of other apps manage to get them sorted for all android devices - look at all the apps in the Play Store, why are you finding it so difficult?

    Come on, give us some answers, a date or something. Since hearing it would be literally within a couple of weeks, and "to follow shortly", we've had absolutely nothing else, which makes me think its just not going to happen.

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  • Comment number 113. Posted by ShaolinMonkfish

    on 14 Feb 2013 15:51

    A few weeks eh? Still waiting on that Android app BBC. You don't appear to be being impartial with our licence fee...

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  • Comment number 112. Posted by vorlon2261

    on 12 Feb 2013 21:24

    No Android app yet, so I won't hold my breath for a Win8 Phone App (nor a Win8 iPlayer app).

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  • Comment number 111. Posted by And

    on 11 Feb 2013 22:46

    Lucie, where is the android app! You are not doing your job properly....

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  • Comment number 110. Posted by ynwa_viking

    on 5 Feb 2013 09:38

    Iphone users get so uppity. I had an Iphone and 'split off' to go with a Galaxy S3. I've told my Iphone user friends that this was the best decision I've made in mobile terms as the S3 is so good. It left my Iphone for dead. But my Iphone user friends wouldn't even entertain the idea of something 'daring' to challenge their Iphone bubbled world. Wake up...you've been trapped into a walled Apple universe.
    Anyway the main point is that there is now Android and IOS dominating the mobile world. It's simple, the BBC should roll out it's apps to both platforms at the same time regardless of whether it's easier to develop for one platform than the other. Also people saying it's a 'free' app. No, millions of us pay a license fee for the BBC to supply us with these services.

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  • Comment number 109. Posted by DavefraeAyr

    on 3 Feb 2013 18:08

    Am somewhat disgusted that a publicly funded organisation should me so blatantly taking sides in a commercial marketplace and favouring one side (Apple) over everyone else .Why are the BBC in bed with Apple? Disgraceful ...and where is the new Android App? 3 weeks we've been waiting ...I've contacted the BBC and they don't reply ...accountability? You have to be joking ...So here are my questions AGAIN:-
    1) How can a publicly funded Public Broadcast organisation justify siding with one commercial company in what is a very cut-throat market (& in effect helping said company's profits & market share)?
    2) Where is the Android App? It's now over 3 weeks since you launched the Apple version.
    3) Just what are the commercial ties between Apple & the BBC e.g. BBC iPlayer tie ups?

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  • Comment number 108. Posted by LincRed

    on 2 Feb 2013 19:17

    So, still no app for the android, despite me hearing a lady from the BBC promising it within "literally a couple of weeks" about 3 or 4 weeks ago.

    No response on twitter to my question either.

    Any chance of maybe, you know, giving us Android using tv licence payers something? Even if just a date when it might be available? That's if it is indeed actually in development.

    Maybe we should be given a little extra in our app having been made to wait a month longer (so far) than the ios users.

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  • Comment number 107. Posted by chris

    on 31 Jan 2013 14:50

    Android?

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