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Wimbledon: app of the day
What is it?
The official app for this year's Wimbledon tennis tournament, which kicks off (well, tosses a ball in the air for its first service, more accurately) today.
The official app for this year's Wimbledon tennis tournament, which kicks off (well, tosses a ball in the air for its first service) today.
So much for Euro 2012. With England having fulfilled their regular crashing-out-on-penalties remit yesterday, it's time for the nation to switch into British mode again to cheer on Andy Murray at Wimbledon. At least until he crashes out too, at which point we'll all start banging on about heptathlons and 1,500m races.
Still, as Wimbledon get underway in south-west London today, even casual tennis fans will be following the action on whatever devices they have available: tellies, computers and smartphones. Unsurprisingly, there's an official Wimbledon 2012 app for the latter.
Available for iPhone and Android, it's a pocket-sized guide to the Championships that complements rather than replaces the coverage of newspapers, websites and broadcasters. That means news, live scores and results, a schedule and some multimedia features.
The news is player-focused, with few surprises at the time of writing - in summary, every player feels 'better than ever', 'means business' and they all think Wimbledon is 'the greatest tournament'. Suffice to say, for muckraking stories on the price of strawberries or grunting volume of female players, the tabloids are a better bet.
The ability to browse live scores quickly is good, going beyond the show courts to the outer reaches of the All England Club, as you'd expect. The schedule section is equally efficient, and handy for planning your visit or viewing.
Tap on the 'More' button and you'll find profiles of every player - stats rather than articles - as well as the draws and a map of the site if you're there in person.
At the time of writing, the videos section is a mixture of interviews and clips from previous tournaments, although it'll be interesting to see what kind of highlights are served up (sorry) as the tournament gets underway properly.
Finally, the 'Live @ Wimbledon' feature provides three streaming radio stations: one "Around the Grounds" then a feed for each of Centre Court and No. 1 Court. Handy, although I'm struggling a little to think of lots of situations when away from a radio/computer when I'd use it.
The Wimbledon app is pretty good: it works well, and offers all the official content you'd expect. Still, you can get most of its features from other sources. If you already have a decent news app and a radio app, it's not completely obvious why you'd need the official Wimbledon app.