The 2012 Summer Olympic Games kick off in London today and there are plenty of apps to help you stay on top of what’s going on from afar and even help you navigate the events and see the sights of London if you’re lucky enough to attend in person.
First, there are a few apps you should check out to catch live coverage of the events as they’re going on. As highlighted earlier this month, there’s the BBC Olympics app that will offer live video to those in the UK and detailed news and highlights for all other locations. For those in the US where NBC is the only network with the rights to broadcast Olympic coverage, check out the NBC Olympics Live Extra app.
While the NBC Olympics Live Extra app is free to download, it does require that you have a digital television service subscription with an affiliated provider, of which there are hundreds, and use those credentials to log in. The app’s description clearly states that the video you’ll have access to depends on your television service provider, so don’t be put off by the negative reviews from those who expected to see full coverage for free simply because the app is free.
If you’re in London to see the games, there are several apps that can help you get around if this is your first visit to the capital of England or just need a quick reference and pointers to find hot spots.
The London Underground, also known as the Tube, is a great way to get around the city and there are a plethora of apps available to help you navigate the entire system. One of the higher-rated ones in the App Store is London Tube, which provides you with current status information, real-time travel duration estimates, comprehensive system maps, and more. You can also add bus system information via in-app purchase, as well as POI data sets for restaurants, attractions, and hotels.
If your public transportation needs are a little more complex, you may wish to check out Commuter, which lets you put together routes using the Underground and other public transportation services available along with live travel data. While the app itself and live status information for the Underground is free, an in-app purchase of $4.99 is required to get one year of live data for other rail services.
Smartsave.com recently released a travel guide app that offers discounts to travelers at various businesses around London. London for Less is free and also offers offline maps and guides so you won’t need to rack up any data roaming charges to find what you’re looking for.
Those looking for curated information on top dining spots and other attractions should check out a new offering from Unique Guides. Unique offers microguides crafted by the company’s editorial team plus access to microguides created by other users. Despite the curated content and quality production, Unique is free to download and covers London plus Brussels, Madrid, Montreal, Paris, Rome, and Toronto.
That’s it for this week here at AppShopper. If you’re in London to see the games, enjoy and don’t forget to mind the gap.