The countdown to the London 2012 Olympic Games has begun. The stage is all set for some high octane action, as players from different nations will participate in events which will decide the fastest, highest and strongest of them all.
Given the fact that we live in an era where the use of technology is at an all-time high, there are a number of iPhone apps which have been specially developed keeping the London Olympics mind. It is a great chance for newbie developers, who can take a cue from these apps. They can notice the latest trends, new category of apps and check out the special features and functionalities incorporated in these apps. They can take not of the strenths of these apps and keep them in mind while they develop apps.
Let us take a look at some of these apps for the iOS platform, which a newbie iPhone app developer must notice and draw inspiration from.
1. London 2012 – Official Mobile Game (Price: Free)
London 2012 – Official Mobile Game is the official London 2012 Olympics mobile game. Users can train the athletes and compete in as many as nine events such as Archery, Hurdles, Freestyle, Pole Vault and Kayak using the game. They can play the game in three modes (Training, Olympic and Challenge) in authentic Olympic venues on the iPad and iPhone devices.
Users get more than 220 items to train their athletes, which makes it one of the most engaging games of all time.
2. London 2012: Official Join In App for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Price: Free)
It’s time for the users to get ready to take part in events, celebrations and various activities during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games at London by using the official ‘Join In’ app. Be it booking tickets for any sports event or taking part in the cultural activities and celebrations and painting the town red, this app helps them plan everything in advance. This app also uses Augmented Reality, wherein users can use their camera phone to view overlays showing the key venues.
The Official Join In App is the perfect lesson for the newbie developers for integrating Augmented Reality function in their apps.
3. Medals 2012 (Price: Free)
What is an Olympic event if not for the medals? Medals 2012 gives users an instant access to the medal tally; users can check out the number of Gold, Silver and Bronze medals won by each country along with the time and date at various events. Also, they can get real-time updates via push notifications using this app.
This is a perfect example of a niche app since it focuses on only a particular aspect of the Olympics.
4. London 2012 Games Guide (Price: $0.99)
There is hardly a few days left for the London 2012 Games to begin. Soon, the city will be flooded with tourists and sports enthusiasts from across the globe and many of them will be first time visitors. Therefore, they will require an app which will meet most of their needs. For such visitors, London 2012 Games Guide is the perfect companion; they can use the app to know the event schedules, locate the best hotels near the event venue and even use it to reach the venue from their current location in the city.
A highly interactive app, London 2012 Games Guide provides a lot of tips for the first-time developers.
5. London 2012 (Price: $0.99)
So, what if the users are unable to attend the Olympic Games 2012 ? They can use the London 2012 app which provides the latest information regarding the Games and contains a number of useful features. For instance, they can view the ‘second-by-second’ countdown till the opening ceremony or get real-time links about topics relevant to the Games or access photo and video library.
Newbie developers can learn how to develop feature-rich apps by taking a look at the ‘ London 2012’ app.
To conclude, a newbie iPhone app developer can get inspired by these aforementioned apps and who knows, four years later their apps for the next Olympic Games, will feature on the iTunes Store as well.