Long before the Olympic torch is lit at the Summer Games in Rio, fans will be taking part in the worldwide spectacle. Mobile app developers have launched programs that will do everything from letting you watch your favorite sport to helping you find a clean toilet in Rio.
Here’s a list of 6 great Apps to enhance your 2016 Summer Olympic Experience
Rio2016 gives you a full view of the 2016 Olympic Games. Read the history of the Olympics, follow the route of the Olympic torch through 300 cities, and get real-time results for both the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Get Rio2016.
The Olympics (Android, iOS) is the International Olympic Committee’s official app. Take a look back at historic Olympic moments from Games past. The IOC also offers Rio 2016 Social Hub, an app where you can connect with Olympians via their social media profiles.
TeamUSA’s official app lets you follow the competition of America’s Olympic athletes. In addition to watching live streaming and updates, you can customize your push notification preferences, connect via social media, watch videos, and get inside stories on TeamUSA.
BBC Sport for Android and Apple iOS lets you watch your favorite sports and teams, with live coverage and updates.
If you’re planning to attend the Rio 2016 Games, here are a few ways to improve your visit with mobile apps.
HotelTonight (Android, iOS) alerts you to available rooms for last-minute booking. The developer guarantees that every hotel has been vetted to ensure its quality.
Toilet Finder (Android, iOS) will guide you to the closest public rest rooms. You can find out which ones are handicap-accessible, when they’re open, and even check out the “users” rating on its quality.
The Olympic Games are always a spectacle. Athletes at the 2016 Summer Games will undoubtedly set new records. The use of mobile apps will do the same. With the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, there were more than 15 million downloads of the official app, 150 million Olympic-related tweets, and 100 million Facebook posts.
Those records are expected to be shattered with Rio 2016. In addition, more people will watch the Olympic action from mobile devices than ever before.
Let the games begin!