The Olympics are in full swing, and technology offers new ways to enjoy all the action. Whether you want to stream highlights, catch up on events you missed, find out medal standings or learn more about the competitors and their sports, your Android and its dozens of Olympics apps provide a wealth of opportunities for you to enhance your Olympics experience.

Streaming Olympic Events

Because of the time difference between the United States and Russia, the Eastern time zone would have to catch many of the 2014 Olympic events between midnight and the wee hours of the morning. This means that most people need to stream the events at a later time rather than watch them live.

As the global video king, YouTube would seem to be a good choice for those looking to stream the Olympics games and medal ceremonies. However, YouTube’s official NBC Olympics account offers little more than former Olympic coverage, athlete profiles, Olympics fashion tips and other less relevant coverage of the actual events.

As a result, many Android apps have surfaced to enable users to stream the Olympics whenever and wherever they want, including some live from in bed if they so choose. The NBC Sports Live Extra app allows you to live stream events and watch full replays and highlights after the event is over. The live video is limited to U.S. cable subscribers, but everyone can access the highlights.

Catching Highlights

Sometimes Android users would rather watch highlights than entire Olympic events. For everything from video highlights and in-depth news to results, standings, viewing channels and social media updates from Sochi, NBC’s Olympics Highlights app has it all. NBC Sports Live Extra offers up-to-date highlights as well.

NBC’s Olympics Highlights app

Keep Up With Standings and Medal Awards

It’s exciting to watch your team rack up on medals throughout the Olympic games and to see how other countries measure up. Android users who are interested in keeping up with standings and medal ceremonies throughout the Olympics can turn to apps like Sochi 2014 Results, which allows you to receive live updates from each competition and medal ceremony based on the country, sports and athletes you select.

Sochi 2014 Results

Browsing Olympics Media and Info

Sometimes Android users want to look beyond the Olympic events and medals themselves. They want to delve deeper into media and information surrounding the games, such as coverage of athletes, their lives and their preparation for the games, up-to-date news and commentary and all the visual media they can get their hands on. Luckily, there are a few apps that provide just that.

TheScore

An already popular and gorgeous-looking sports app theScore has updated its app to include Olympics coverage. With this app, Android users can find plenty of news and commentary provided by theScore’s writers, photo slideshows, videos and an integrated social media feed—offering just about all the Olympics media coverage a user could want.

2014 Team USA Road to Sochi app

If they are looking for up-to-date bios and news updates for Team USA, Android users will enjoy the 2014 Team USA Road to Sochi app produced by the United States Olympic Committee. The app also provides photos of venues, videos of events and athlete Twitter updates.

Interactions With Athletes

As with many events across the world, Twitter and other social media networks are abuzz with activity from both spectators and the athletes themselves. With the Olympics Athletes’ Hub, Android users can view Facebook, Instagram and Twitter updates from thousands of past and present Olympians. To sort through this huge mass of Olympian updates, users can select filters by sport, team or athlete as well as browse the latest Olympics topics trending on Twitter. Other apps offer Twitter and social media integration, but this is by far the most comprehensive social media app for connecting with Olympic athletes.

Olympics Athletes’ Hub

In Attendance at the Olympics

If Android users are lucky enough to attend the Olympics in Sochi this year, the huge amount of events may prove to be difficult to navigate without a dependable guide. Sochi released an official Sochi 2014 Guide app that provides all the information users need throughout their stay, from maps and ticket sales to the latest news and photos.

Sochi 2014 Guide app

You can find many Olympics apps for Android at the Google Play Store, but remember that not all apps are created equal. Here we have curated some of the best that you can find, so you may want to start here before venturing off into the unknown. Other than that, enjoy the Olympics, how, when and where you want it—all thanks to your Android device!

Carolyn Heneghan is a freelance writer, journalist and editor who loves to research and tell a great story. She currently serves clients in a variety of industries and is always looking for a new and exciting project to take on. She also loves cooking, reading, watching movies and cooking shows and cross-stitching. Follow Carolyn at Google+

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