World’s most awaited quadrennial event is here. Rio is the Mecca for all the aspiring sportsmen and sportswomen who will be pitting their skills and strengths against the best we have. If you are a sports lover, eager to follow the fortunes of your beloved teams and sport stars there are a bevy of apps available for you to download.
According to a study conducted by emarketer to assess the mood of viewers before the games, users planned to watch Olympics on their mobiles with the help of apps as they want to watch the events on the go, Live or on demand. Internet users thus were more inclined to watch the games on their mobile device because of convenience. Look at the numbers given below.
Now that we know about half of you would be watching the games on your mobile device, we tried to find out the apps that plan to cover the games super efficiently. We will now be discussing a few of the apps that will help you stay up to date with the happenings at the Olympics 2016.
#1 Official Olympics App
This app is the official Olympics app by IOC (International Olympic Committee). This app brings you all the information you might be interested in on the past Olympics, the present and the one to be held next in Pyeong Chang in 2018. You can find Olympic results and records for all sports, athletes and games. You can follow the fortunes of your favourite swimmer or gymnast. You can track how team USA has been doing in hockey over the years. Know the medal tally, watch the videos and photos from throughout Olympic history.
#2 Rio 2016 App
Get set to follow the hopes, the fears, the podium finishes and the near misses in the grandest sport gathering with the Rio 2016 App. The app is available in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Korean. This app will provide you with most up-to-date information. It has details on schedules of events, results, medals, teams and athletes. It serves you as a venue guide and has maps to ensure you know where you are if you are in Rio.
#3 Olympic Athletes’ Hub 2016
This is a very interesting app, basically for making the life of the sports persons living in the Olympic village easier. This app has the info on other athletes. You can follow them on the hub. The athletes can share health and training tips. It is informative and provides all the latest announcements from IOC. It has information on all the attractive offers for the Olympians. This app can be downloaded by everyone to know all about the Olympians and their life at the Olympics.
#4 Team USA App
If you want to follow the journey of team USA in Rio 2016, this app is your best bet. It provides you with all the news, scores, medal tallies, information on individual athletes and Olympic talk about your favourite team. You can follow your favourite team with ease and support it. The app has customizable push notifications feature for you that will alert you to interesting bits around your favourite athlete, team or event. You can be notified in time for all the big events. It also streams Live events. Real time tracker provides you updated results from all team USA events.
#5 Rio Games 2016 – Olympian DB
This Olympic DB app packs in a lot of past and present information related to Summer and Winter Olympics. You can access data from past Olympics. The data is neatly segregated and you can easily find what you are looking for. You can track the medal count team wise. You can follow the sports you are interested in. There are plenty of historical facts and interesting bits about the games for you to chew on. You can track all the events and know the schedule on day to day basis.
You can download the app for Android here.
#6 NBC Sports
Agree NBC Sports is not an app that solely follows the happenings at Olympics but it is one of the best apps to follow Olympic games and streaming events. It has a dedicated tab on the home screen for Olympics. It streams every sport event from the venues. You can watch the events Live or you can catch the highlights. If you prefer getting reminders, you can opt to get push notifications for the events you don’t want to miss. It has a full event replay feature for the times you want to catch up on your favourite match or event.
#7 NBC Olympics
NBC has this dedicated app for Rio Olympics 2016. It provides updated news and a lot of information on the happenings at different sporting events. It provides highlights and game analysis from experts. There are plenty of news articles and photo galleries for you to acquaint yourself to the Olympic stars. You can find details on your favourite sports person too. It doesn’t provide LIVE streaming of the events but opens up NBC Sports App and links to it for the same. This app is only available for users in US.
#8 Rio Gold – 2016 Summer Games
Rio Gold is a simple and intuitive app that covers the basics. It has the details on all the different disciplines at Olympics. You can mark the events you want to follow and you will know when your favourite events are scheduled. You can know the medal tally and other details on a few past Summer and Winter Olympics games too. It provides you the latest updates and news.
You can download the Android version of this app from here.
This app covers all the major sporting events. This is not an app focused on Olympics but it has the right infrastructure in place to provide you all the information you could possibly require from this mega sporting event at Rio. It is lightening fast, has lots of features. It provides you real time scoring updates and other live stats from all the different sporting events. You can build your own personalized feed by selecting the events and teams.
And the special mentions
Snapchat has a live story feed for Olympics populated by Snapchat users who will be sending the photos and videos. Youtube has partnered with BBC and a few other channels for sports feed. It has sent top 15 of its content creators to Rio to provide live streaming as well as post 360 degrees venue videos. Google has done its bit to provide you up to date medal standings, event schedules and information on athletes. With just a few keywords relevant information is on the tips of your fingers. Google’s Art & Culture app has covered Rio extensively along with its art and culture scene.
There are several apps that can help you follow the Olympics on your App. Most of them are free. Download them and enjoy this greatest competition of human strength, agility and skill where sportsmen and sportsmen from 200+ countries have gathered. Know the scores and the medal tallies and ranking of the countries on the go. Happy Viewing!