The 2014 World Cup in Brazil turned out to be a global tech showcase, with developers producing a bevy of mobile apps to help fans navigate the games. What role will apps play in the upcoming 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro?
In 2014, the Fifa World Cup App became the most popular app in 100 countries around the world, with enthusiastic soccer fans racing to download and gain access to content ranging from real-time score updates to in-depth player profiles.
App makers the world over are now gearing up for the next global sports event: the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. We reveal our picks for the top apps coming down the pipeline, for those who will be attending the Games and distant fans alike.
Practical Apps For Attendees
Toilet Finder is a life-saver of an app. When you’re in a strange city it can be difficult enough to find decent public facilities, but the huge crowds drawn by the Games will make competition for the nearest commode even fiercer. Toilet Finder is here to help you locate facilities in your area, find out their quality rating, whether they are open and whether they are disabled-friendly.
Hotel Tonight fulfills a similarly pressing need in short order. This app works with local hotels that have empty rooms on a given day, allowing users to book last minute at a discounted rate. Don’t worry: the app developers vet the hotels with whom they partner and offer 24/7 customer service.
For Sports Fans
Olympic Athletes’ Hub is for the super-fans who can’t get enough of their favorite athletes. This app allows users to easily find and follow the verified profiles of Olympic athletes on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, so they can stay in the know via updates from the athletes themselves. Search by athlete, sport, team or game to find your favorites!
The BBC Sports App is the best way to experience the Olympics anytime and anywhere, via your mobile device. You can tune in live, watch highlights and other content, and create a customized favorites page so you never miss your favorite event.
For Something Different
Brazil Mobile Experience is there to help you when you’re looking for a break from the Games. This app will recommend activities for you, curated according to the time, weather, and your location. With this invaluable tool, you’ll never be at a loss for things to do, even at the spur of the moment.
Be a Part of the Brazilian App Explosion for the 2016 Olympics
The Brazilian mobile marketplace is exploding. The number of apps developed in Brazil doubled between 2013 and 2014, with analysts predicting an average year on year growth rate of nearly 26% between 2014 and 2019.
The Rio Olympics present a huge opportunity for app developers to capitalize on this growth — what needs or interests surrounding the Games are not currently being met by an app on the market, and how can that niche be filled?
Once you’ve identified your niche of choice, AppMakr will help you create a dynamic application quickly and easily. Use the drag-and-drop interface to create an intuitive product, fully compatible with iOS and Android.
The Brazilian app market isn’t just one to watch — it’s one in which ambitious app creators should be actively taking part. The Rio Games will present innumerable opportunities for apps to do what they’re meant to do: help users enhance their experiences in a fun, fast, and intuitive way.
Oliver Meredith Cox
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