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This past week has been full of great TV moments from the Sochi 2014 Olympics, but did you know that there are a host of Android apps designed to help you enjoy the winter games? While plentiful, not all of them are legit—a quick search of “Olympics” on Google Play returns an alarming number of fraudulent and phony results, so stick with this list of official Olympic apps and follow our tips to avoid the bad ones.
Official Sochi 2014 Olympics apps
Olympic Athletes’ Hub: Discover and follow the verified accounts of Olympians across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Search by “Athlete”, “Team”, “Sport”, and “Game” and get a unique overview of this year’s Olympic contenders.
Olympic TV: An exciting live video service, enabling users to watch live and on-demand video of all competition sessions at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. See market description for a list of supported countries.
Sochi 2014 Guide: This Mobile Guide to the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi will make your Games unforgettable. The app keeps you up to date and informed of competition schedules and other events.
Sochi 2014 Results: The official Sochi 2014 Results application provides full details of the sports program of the XXII Olympic Winter Games and XI Paralympic Winter Games. Get quick and easy access to competition schedules and results.
2014 Team USA Road to Sochi: The app follows the making of Team USA and the athletes’ results and experiences in Sochi during the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The app includes in-depth athlete bios, photo galleries and video clips, and a “My Team USA” section which allows you to customize feeds from your favorite athletes.
NBC Olympic Highlights: Experience the best of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games with the NBC Olympics Highlights and Results app. Get prepared for the Games now by checking out news, video, and photos for every sport—all from your Android handheld or tablet device.
Sochi Wireless Olympics Works: This app offers the most direct access to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and allows users to design and personalize their experience in ways that are most relevant to their interests and passions.
How to avoid phony Olympic apps
We haven’t listed all the Olympic apps, and there are sure to be some other good ones, so follow these tips to stay away from the bad apps.
- Look for Google’s “Top Developer” badge on the app’s Play store page.
- Check too see if any of your friends or contacts have given the app a +1 on Google+.
- Scan the reviews and reviewers and read their comments, beware of bad review scores.
- Consider the date an app was updated—has it been quite a while? At best, the app isn’t being regularly maintained by its developer, and that can be a red flag.
- Review the developer contact information to see if it seems legitimate.
- Take into account the total installs, the more the merrier in this case.
Check out our post How to spot a bad Android app for more details.