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July 26, 2012 | 12:00 a.m. CST
With a bevy of events each day, times to remember and athletes to track, mobile and tablet users can get the London 2012 app to keep up.
Created by NBC, the free 2012 Olympics app was released on July 12 in anticipation of the summer games. It brings users the latest news, schedules, video highlights, real-time medal counts and photos, which can be shared with friends on multiple social media platforms. Its Facebook, Google+ and Twitter connections let users celebrate victories with friends across the world.
Compatible with: iPhone, iPad and Android
The app has mixed customer reviews thus far. Many complaints have revolved around the app being sluggish and unresponsive. The app is a little slow with so much information packed into it, but that might not be the real problem. The whole project is powered by Adobe, which produced the application through its creative programs, including Flash. Various customer reviews have suggested that Flash, which can be slow for streaming content, might not be the ideal program for creating a mobile app.
NBC has also released another free app called NBC Olympics Live Extra, which allows users to stream any event at the Olympics from their devices. What people might not know, however, is that the availability of some live streams and events depends on users’ cable, satellite or telecommunications subscription.
The NBC Olympics app has a great amount of insider information and full live coverage to keep you in the loop, but it’s only worth it if you don’t mind an app that can be slow. The content is great, but the execution falls short, and it might cause people to delete the app.