Monday, January 20, 2014

Olympic apps are ready to perform for the Sochi 2014 games

If I had a wallet full of one-hundred dollars bills and some time off, I would try and make my way to the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Russia.

But since I'll be around 6,000 miles away, I'll have to rely on technology and all the apps that will keep me up to date on what's going on. The Olympic officials say around 1,650 of the world's best athletes from over 45 countries will compete in five Paralympic sports.

A quick search of the apps stores will bring up a slew of Sochi 2014 apps that are free, although a few will cost from around $1 to $4.

The Olympic organizing committee also has developed their own free Sochi 2014 Guide app for iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices. It'll provide up-to-date information on the events. These apps are for the fans, while the American athletes will get their very own special app.

The AT&T Mobile Application Development group is developing a custom-built application for members of Team USA. The app will be launched by the United States Olympic Committee to help the athletes and coaches communicate and navigate the Olympic and Paralympic events in Sochi.

The app will provide calendar updates, logistics, maps and other information, such as reference guides, athlete handbook, polices and procedures.

By making the Olympic app available, the USOC hopes to avoid distractions for Team USA and allow them to focus on the competition.

In addition to the app, the USOC will used a separate app for managing voice and data usage on smartphones, which are being provided to Team USA athletes, coaches and delegates through a partnership with AT&T and Samsung.

The networking services for the winter games will be provided the NBCUniversal and AT&T, with the idea that people watching the events will do so from multiple devices, including smartphones, tablets, computers and traditional television sets.

So it looks like everything in place on their end. The only thing left to do on our end is to grab a mobile device and download some apps by Feb. 7, which is the start of the winter games. Then you can put you feet up and enjoy all the flips, jumps and sliding until Feb. 23.

Let the games begin.

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