News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday January 14, 2014.
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With the 2014 Winter Olympics set to being in Sochi, Russia next month, Samsung has released its official app for tracking all aspects of the event in its Sochi 2014 Wireless Olympics Works (WOW) app. Available now for Android devices, Sochi 2014 WOW monitors the medal counts of the leading participating nations as well as a favored nation of the user. On the main screen there's also a breakdown of the daily event schedules and curated news reports related to the games.
Once a user opens the hidden navigation panel, available by tapping the top left corner, a number of other options became available. The chief link someone will tap is that Favorites & Alert section that marks certain athletes, countries, and sports as favorites. I couldn't add athletes because the app so far hasn't added any profiles to its database, but it will eventually track the success of individuals and push notifications for the results of his or her performance. Alerts can also be set for every time a medal is awarded, 10 minutes before an event starts, or results when it ends. If you're looking for a reminder whenever Team Canada takes the ice in hockey or Shaun White is about to begin snowboarding, Sochi 2014 WOW will trigger an alert.
Other features in the app include browsing results and athletes for different countries (content not yet included), viewing photos and comments left by other users of the apps, learning about Olympic venues, and sharing content to Facebook or Twitter. Sochi 2014 WOW is available for free and should work with most modern Android smartphones, not just those built by Samsung.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.