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!

Reader comments

How to follow the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics from your BlackBerry

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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.

Posted via CB10

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.

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.

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

Posted via CB10

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 

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.

Posted via CB10

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

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

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

Posted via CB10

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

Posted via CB10

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

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

Posted via CB10

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.

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

Anyone have any luck?

Posted via CB10

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

Ericsson GF198(GSM900) im D2 Privat Netz

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.

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.

Posted via CB10

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

Posted via my Q10, USA

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

Posted via CB10

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.

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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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

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?

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.

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.

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.