If you’re a Winter Olympics fanatic who is staying at home or maybe you’re actually going to be in Sochi for the winter event, you’re going to need an app to keep you organized. The app, reviewed by Android Headlines on Jan. 21, is aptly named “Sochi 2014 Guide.” The guide is available on both iOS and Android devices.
Once in the app, which is free, the user is offered plenty of information that Olympics-goes will need to know. You’re able to customize your experience by selecting your language, location and what time zone you’d like events to be displayed as.
After selecting your language and location, we can get to the goods. To stay on top of events, you can select if you’d like the app to sync with your calendar or to send push notifications if event times or dates are modified. Of course, the app also allows for social media interaction, though if you don’t want to sync with social media, that doesn’t seem to be an option.
Each event listing offers the user a photo of the region, and an option to look up further news, photos or videos. A catalogue is also offered to show visitors where they can stay, eat, shop and buy tickets. You’re also able to “favorite” certain events, which will set them aside into an easy-to-access category so you don't have to sort through all the events in alphabetical order each time.
One of the features that will be most helpful and interesting, whether you’re at home or in Sochi will be the map that shows where the torch is during the Olympic Torch relay.
Though the app isn’t the most polished looking, it offers a decent experience. It operates pretty much just like a website, which isn’t the most creative use of an app, but the ability to build your own event schedule and push notification updates redeem it a bit.