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BBC Sport unveils Olympics app for smartphones in UK

The BBC has unveiled a London 2012 Olympics app for Android and iOS smartphones for users in UK.

The app will provide up to 24 streams of live coverage, catch-up coverage and highlights, the app ensures that users always have a Games guide even on-the-go. Offering facts, stats and information, the app generates pages for every athlete, country and sport, updated in real-time. One can also access live daily text commentaries, news stories and a detailed schedule and results section covering every Olympics event.

Stories can also be saved for offline reading, ensuring the latest information is accessible even when mobile reception is unavailable. Additionally, iOS users can personalise the app by adding their favourite Olympics sports to the customisable tab bar, enabling quick access to the latest live action.

Phil Fearnley, General Manager BBC News & Knowledge, said; "We needed to ensure everyone could access our coverage."

Fearnley further emphasized that; "The BBC Sport Olympics app ensures that everything you need to keep up-to-date with the action is right there at your fingertips. Even when you're out of range of 3G or wireless, we'll still be able to deliver the latest news to you offline." “The app adds even greater value to the BBC Sport mobile experience, ensuring you never miss a moment of the Games."

Both versions of the app are available for UK smartphone users only. The iOS app is optimised for handsets with iOS 5.0 and above installed. The Android version is optimised for handsets with OS 2.2 and Flash installed.

The Android app can be downloaded from the Android App Store and the iOS app can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store.

A shortcut app for Blackberry users, which creates a bookmark for the BBC Olympics mobile website, is available from Blackberry App World.

But the global app does not contain live video streams.