1. NBC Olympics
It offers apps for the iPhone and for Android phones. To use Olympics Live Extra app for streaming video you have to be MSNBC or CNBC subscriber through cable, satellite or FiOS. Excellent information is available at the NBC Olympics mobile website.
2. Sports Illustrated Live From London 2012
Sports Illustrated (a magazine best known for swimsuits) has released two free preview issues from the Olympic Games. The photography is dynamic and the text reads well. One thing to watch out for with this app is that the resolution on the iPad is definitely not retina quality and the web connect content is clunkier than using a browser.
It’s also one of the more America-centric apps available (next to the Team USA app). If you’re primarily a fan of American athletes, you will love the profiles featured in Sports Illustrated. But if you are interested in following athletes from other countries, there won’t be a lot for you aside from the medal rankings and the occasional snapshot. This makes some sense, as Sports Illustrated is an American publication and American athletes would be the easiest for writers and journalists to get a hold of before the games.
You know the old cliche: A picture is worth a thousands words. Reuter’s iPad app has some of the best free photography you will find for the Olympics, but they also include an infographics photo stream. How many words is a picture worth when it also has words on it? Who cares how much it’s worth? It’s FREE.
The infographics are a little gimmicky at times, but they float around with a nice 3D effect and are positioned by the iPhone or iPad’s accelerometer. It’s like you’re looking at the Olympics from the future… or from a sci-fi thriller were all computers display information in ridiculously big text. It’s fun. Trust us.
4. BBC Olympics
Free for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry – simple fast news, searchable and streaming videos for U.K. residents. (when hacked 4 U.S). See hack to download below.
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