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PreCentral: Keep up to date with the London 2012 Olympics with your webOS smartphone

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#1 NewsDummy


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Posted July 25, 2012 - 04:30 PM

Keep up to date with the London 2012 Olympics on the go on your webOS smartphone

With the current not-great state of the webOS App Catalog and the unsurprisingly dwindling userbase, it's not at all unexpected that nobody went out of their way to create an official or unofficial webOS app for the London 2012 Olympic Games. These Olympic games kicked off today (soccer takes time, the opening ceremony isn't for two more days), and even though there's no app, you can still get yourself some Olympic coverage on the go via your webOS smartphone.

Frustratingly, even though NBC secured a multi-billion-dollar multi-year contract to broadcast the Olympics and opted to put every single event live online (so long as you have a valid subscription to a partner cable or satellite service), those streams aren't available on webOS smartphones or tablets. And it's Flash, which our devices actually support. Granted, they're using a custom version of the YouTube app to stream these live feeds (it's quite nice, with down-to-the-second fine scrubbing), and the webOS-compatible version of Flash wasn't great to begin with and hasn't been updated for well over a year. But still!

We digress and set forth for a solution. Unable to watch the streams at all (unless you want to set up some manner of remote desktop app, but that seems to be overkill in our eyes), we'd at least like to keep tabs on what's going on, who's scored what, and how far ahead Team USA is in the medal race. For that we turn to a free app that's been around for a good long time: ESPN ScoreCenter.

Recently added to ScoreCenter's options under mySports in the app's settings is a 2012 Summer Olympics choice. As with the other options in ESPN ScoreCenter, 2012 Summer Olympics adds a page in their left-right swipe panels that gives you the latest scores, upcoming events schedule, general Olympics news, and a breakdown of the overall medal count. The scores and schedule are broken down by sport, with thirty-three options at your disposal, from archery to BMX to fencing to synchronized swimming. If there's a competition happening in London this summer, it's available in ESPN ScoreCenter.

To add the Olympics to your selections in ESPN ScoreCenter, just tap the gear icon in the bottom left corner of the app, select mySports, tap 'Add a Sport', and select Olympics. From there you'll have an extra bright blue panel with all the Olympic news, scores, and medal counts that you can handle.

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