Monday, January 7, 2013

BBC launches mobile sports app for the UK; Lambrakis Press updates app for the Greek edition of Marie Claire; Crain's Chicago Business gets performance upgrades

The BBC today launched a mobile sports app for the iPhone, with an Android version promised soon. BBC Sport can be found inside the UK App Store, but not in others, unfortunately.

"The Android version still needs some more development work and testing to ensure it works on the wide range of Android devices available and will be live in the next few weeks," said Lucie McLean, executive product manager for sport at BBC Future Media.

"The new BBC Sport app builds on the success of London 2012 to give users an even easier way to get the content they love, whether it's checking out how their team got on, following live text updates on the day's sporting action or catching up with the latest news," said McLean.

While BBC apps are launched under the BBC Worldwide name in the international app stores, this new one can be found under Media Applications Technologies Limited, the name seen for international versions of BBC mobile apps.
Two apps seen here recently received updates this weekend. The Lambrakis Press app for the Greek edition of Marie Claire, ΜΟΥΣΑ (Mousa), was updated top add new features and to support portrait mode. The app as originally released in mid-December.

The Greek digital magazine is a stand-alone serving up one edition and was built using the Adobe DPS Single Edition solution. A major update of the app would be needed to add Newsstand support for continuous publishing and automatic downloads.

Released a few weeks earlier, the app for Crain's Chicago Business has been updated this weekend (see original post here). The update is meant to improve the performance of the app with faster scrolling, improved synchronization, and stability improvements.

Those who use the Blogsy app will see a new update to the app.