The BBC has launched BBC Sport, a dedicated sports app that collates the Beebs sports coverage including: news commentary, analysis stats and live scores. Launching initially on iOS for the iPhone and iPod, an Android version is coming very soon.
As 2013 kicks off, we might not have the Olympics, but there is still Wimbledon, the Ashes, the Boat Race, F1 and of course the Premier League to enjoy. Using the new BBC Sport app you can follow the latest developments in all these sports, along with live and on-demand video highlights and stream Radio 5 Live to listen online.
The release of BBC Sport follows the success of the BBC Olympics app, which was downloaded by 2 million people. Lucie McLean, from BBC Future Media said: “Through the huge success of the Olympics we know that audiences love to access sport services through both mobile browser and apps. The new BBC Sport app builds on the success of London 2012 to give users an even easier way to get the content they love, whether it’s checking out how their team got on, following live text updates on the day’s sporting action or catching up with the latest news.”
BBC Sport contains a lot of information found on the BBC's mobile sport website, but with extra app functionality such as a fully customisable menu (above) you can populate with quick links to favourite sports - from Football, Cricket and Rugby, to Archery, American Football and Darts.
Among the new features Football Live Scores lets you keep up to date with the latest scores and goal scorers in each league and there's also a Fixtures calendar (below). Video streaming will be added in the coming months.
The iOS app is available to download now, with the Android version following ‘within the new few weeks’ for devices with 7-inch screens or smaller, which means it will be compatible with the Google Nexus 7. The BBC has confirmed a version compatible with the Kindle Fire will be coming, but there are no plans to release the app for Windows Phone or BlackBerry OS. According to Lucie Mclean: “We haven't ruled out developing the app for other platforms but building apps is expensive and as a publicly-funded organisation we have to prioritise the areas where we can reach the most users at the lowest costs.”