How to follow the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics from your BlackBerry

Winter Olympics
By James Richardson on 8 Feb 2014 09:51 am EST
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With the Winter Olympic games now underway in Sochi we thought it was worth bringing you a quick list of options if you fancy keeping up to date with what's happening with the news and medal rankings. We've already featured the native BlackBerry 10 app Sochi 2014 which in my opinion is the number one option for BlackBerry users. It's a totally full-featured app with everything you need, but if you want to explore other options you can certainly do so.

There are a few other Android apps which you can now download easily if you are running BlackBerry 10.2.1. My preferred way to do this is via the Snap app, which if you don't have yet you can find our instructions to get it here

 

If you don't want to be diving into apps to see the latest news there is another option which I recently discovered - and that's an awesome BBM Channel. Seeing as the majority of us BlackBerry users are in and out of BBM all day long it makes sense to subscribe to the Olympic Games channel and see the news in your feed. If this sounds like your way of doing things hit up C0037DD89 and view what's going on, along with your BBM contact status updates. 

We've seen the Sochi BlackBerry 10 app updated this weekend with live results and for me this is the app I would recommend - just because you're getting the whole BlackBerry 10 experience. 

When it comes to Android apps there are a couple you may favor. The first is Sochi 2014 WOW from Samsung. The South Korean company are a major sponsor of the games so it makes sense for them to have an app - although it does have a rather annoying banner advert at the base of the display. You can add your favorite countries, athletes and sports to help you get quick access to what's of interest to you and loud and proud at the top of the display are the medals rankings. 

Next up is the Android Athletes Olympic Hub app where you get instant access to the social feeds of the athletes that are taking part in the games. Instagram, Twitter and Facebook are all thrown into the mix so if you are keen to check out photos that the stars of the games are uploading this is the perfect place to get in on the action. If you're really into the Winter Olympics and follow certain athletes on the various social networks this is the perfect place to have it all rolled into one stream. 

In terms of BlackBerry 10 devices I have to say that if you are using the Q10 or Q5 you'll probably want to stick to the native BlackBerry 10 Sochi app as the Android ones are designed with a big screen in mind. Or just subscribe to the BBM Channel like I've done, as although I'm interested to see how well Team GB are doing I'm not fanatical enough to really want to use an app on a regular basis. 

 

Whichever option you prefer there should be something for everyone here. Let the games commence!

83 comments

kaze_25

Awkward moment when the sochi app has a better map than BlackBerry maps...

Posted via CB10

jojo beaconsfield

thanks but no android for me

Observation Junkie

+100

Catapulted from my Z10.

Q10Bold

☛YEAHH☚

Posted via  Q10

Chanlion

Ditto! I just went with the Social app and the official Channel. Then hit the big screen and watch.

AnotherBillJ

I downloaded the Sochi 2014 BlackBerry app and I'm pretty happy with it so far.

Cheers. :)

Posted via CB10

craftEcowgirl

App says not available for my device?? I have Q10?

Q10

Observation Junkie

There's a built for BlackBerry SOCHI app in blackberry world

Catapulted from my Z10.

budsfan1970

CBC Olympic App available for ios, Android, and Windows, but no BlackBerry app :-( Sad that the one Canadian mobile choice isn't supported by the Publicly funded Canadian network.

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drrobert_Taco

The android app does run okay at least. I get lots of errors that have to be acknowledged when browsing around the app but they dont seem to actually have any impact, it still functions just fine. The only feature I really want: the live-casts, works perfectly.

gebco

Same here. The errors pop up but it seems to work.

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alan510

Agreed, but the built for BlackBerry Sochi app rocks. Won't miss a thing. Besides CBC coverage this year is a pale version of past Games. The Mother Corp has lost its fastball. Sad to see.

hibackhand

They've lost their funding

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Krazykula

So far the online coverage is great, you can watch every event, whenever you want. What more can you ask for?

Posted via CB10

GSEYYZ

So very true....

From my Z10

delroyj

Agreed CBC should provide an explanation for not having a bb10 app major mess up.

Posted via CB10

ChrisHewer1

The native app won't turn off. Ever, even set permissions Do nothing . So it's been deleted.

Toasted via CB10 & Z30

thanhvx

It eats 0.37% of battery according to the stat. on my Z10. I think it is ok, and I can turn it off. So will try it for few days.

~ it's not a phone, it's a 

mnc76

You can turn off it "background" permissions to stop it from running in background.

Also, it is currently using less than 0.01% battery in the background on my Z10, so it's not really a battery drain for me.

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Chanlion

Restart the app after resetting permission. In the app manager, press stop.

BBPandy

Go Canada Go!
& good luck to the rest you too :)

Posted via CB10

redsaph

BBM channels!

Posted via CB10 | Z10STL100-1/10.2.1.1925

JordanLehigh

When does the native app get updated? Medals have been awarded but the app doesn't show.

Posted via CB10 on ZED10

Chanlion

Reinstall that thing. It updates automatically everyday through the app itself to answer the question.

JordanLehigh

Thank you. It works great now. Even more live features that I didnt know we're there before

Posted via CB10 on ZED10

Playbook007

Yes guys CBC left BlackBerry out in the cold once again. But navigate your browser to Olympics.cbc.ca and add it to your homepage. It should come up quite nicely on you BB10.

Posted via CB10

jojo beaconsfield

@Playbook007...did that ,thanks,pretty good if you want to follow Canadian athletes

joeyjay

Sorry James! BlackBerry World says it is not available for my device (Q10)

Posted via CB10

Playbook007

JJ.....what version of software are you running?

Posted via CB10

Dennis.nl

Medals top 10 picture: Netherlands #1 :) that's nice to see. Used the app today to follow skating 5000 meters.

Posted via CB10 on my Q10

CrackMachine

Sochi app not working on BB OS7 on my 9900 :-(

christoph77

Great ;)

C0038297E Quote of the Day (BBM Channel)

BerryRipe

Thanks for the channel suggestion as the sochi app i

Keep The Faith  BlackBerry Q10 

BerryRipe

The sochi app is not available for my Q10 on 10.1

Keep The Faith  BlackBerry Q10 

jojo beaconsfield

Try ..Olympic Games Channel...Preview looks Awesome. 2562 subs,just getting started,lol

jojo beaconsfield

4556 subs now ,1 day later .Gonna keep my eye on this one.

jojo beaconsfield

7031 subs,today and growing,seems like they rack up a couple of thousand a day,

jojo beaconsfield

8440.. 1 day later,slowing down,they have some beautiful pictures.

jojo beaconsfield

10,367, good spike,must be because of the hockey,Canada beat Norway,mens hockey

jojo beaconsfield

18,614,gotta be the men's hockey,8,000+in 14 hrs

jojo beaconsfield

20,824,Wow !!This Channell 's Got Wings

jojo beaconsfield

57,038..there's no stopping this channel!!!

jojo beaconsfield

65,669...It almost over,and it keeps growing!!

jojo beaconsfield

68,803...slowing down!!! couple of days left

jojo beaconsfield

74,633 ,that's pretty good and this is the last day,Bye Bye!! GO Channels GO!!!

k_a_s_m_i_t_h

Will every post now inform me of Android apps.. I would have bought an android if that's what I wanted to read about

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delroyj

The fact that we have a choice does not hurt. That is why 10.2.1 and BlackBerry 10 is so awesome.

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Lostonline

A choice? We need to read comments and reviews to find out it is android crap.

BBworld needs to start clearly marking crap-ports so we can move on and ignore them.

Like many have said, if we wanted Android we would buy one of the many (and fragmented) Android options.

BlackBerry needs to step up, and clean up BBWORLD.

CDN BB

Chanlion

Agree with you, native always.

mscloutier

Native first, I personally have no interest in Android apps.

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bluesjr01

Not available for my Q10

Posted on my BlackBerry Q10, because I'm so Bloody Special.

hibackhand

The NHL app has an update for Olympic hockey scheduling, not sure if there will be score updates and highlights

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qwerty4ever

The Sochi BlackBerry 10 native application is a very easy way to stay up-to-date with Olympic events, athletes and medal standings. The only way to improve this application is integration with Twitter and FaceBook.

Posted via the BlackBerry Q5 using CB10.

Chanlion

If anyone's having problems with the official, allow permissions.

Emaderton3

Native Sochi app not available for Q10. And I don't have 10.2 yet. Any other ideas besides BBM?

Posted via CB10

Neil_419

Not if you're a T-Mobile customer on the USA.

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ForzaStevo

Would love some push alerts. Haven't received any notifications from the official Sochi app.

Anyone have any luck?

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GrahamPink

Don't much see the point of this app when it doesn't update in real time.

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huungryshark

Complete fail. It's a shame they not build a good Sochi App BlackBerry 10. Very dissapointed.

Ericsson GF198(GSM900) im D2 Privat Netz

katiepea

The native sochi app eats my battery and never actually syncs to a calendar. That's it's biggest feature, so I guess it's just bunk.

privateeyes

Well, if you need 10.2.1 or 10.2 for that matter guess it really does not matter you cannot get apps either way.

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Killjoyhere

BlackBerry native is always better.

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locke7

If only verizo, would push the f****** update I could get the Sochi app! #verizonfail

Posted via my Q10, USA

FTD57

The Sochi app is not available for my Q10. Is this due to not having the 10.2 update yet?

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brianwiebe

Not available on my Z10 either...but still waiting for the 10.2.*** update on AT&T.

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msbnty1

Oh yeah

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RotaxPower

Awesome, Sochi2014 app. When 2 Canadian sisters Dufour Lapointe won medals and that apps pop up Notifications. So I has to look Twitter to confirm 2 sisters won medals and yes it did. I must say Sochi2014 very impressed and stay up information to update. Wow. Go Canada, and Congratulations to Dufour Lapointe sisters on winning medals today.

djraz_official

Sadly the Sochi app doesn't update correctly. Canada has 4 medals and the app still shows 3 meanwhile it's updated other countries. Hahah.

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huungryshark

When the first medal was won it was updated like half an hour later or so in the App ! The live results are also a joke!

Ericsson GF198(GSM900) im D2 Privat Netz

james pisano

Very cool app! Am enjoying it! Wish there was more video.

Via CB10 & Z10 or Q10

Hypnoboy

On the official app, I don't undertstand why it is that if I click on an event that I know has happened, and I click the RESULTS, no information comes up. What's up with that? It just shows the information page as blank, as though the event has not yet taken place. Is anyone else seeing this?

huungryshark

Yeah wondered myself, lol

Ericsson GF198(GSM900) im D2 Privat Netz

huungryshark

BlackBerry Sochi App is sooo slow!! Looks ok but it's bad

Ericsson GF198(GSM900) im D2 Privat Netz

RotaxPower

Update not slow, when curling play next end and score do update less than 1 min. Maybe u need clean up memory. Other wise it still outstanding excellent.

RotaxPower

This morning, see update is slow. Oh well. Also medals slow update too and final score for curling didn't show. At least not perfect.

Wilsonia Goldens

I use the BB Sochi 2014 app but it is limited I had to download the android Sochi2014 from google play to watch events on my phone. Just watched the Russian USA hockey game on my Z10 via the Android Sochi2014 app.
Great game.