Posted on 26th June 2013
Wimbledon is underway once again and two weeks of thrills, spills and rain are sure to keep us all entertained. But we can't all be glued to the TV for a fortnight so how do we go about our daily lives while keeping up to date with all the latest action from SW19?
Whatever device you use - Apple, Android, BlackBerry or Windows – there are ways to watch live matches, get instant updates and check the schedule for the day's play.
The official Wimbledon app is the place to go for everything Wimbledon related over the next two weeks. From watching live games to buying Wimbledon teapots, the app lets you completely immerse yourself in the tennis.
The app supports Live @ Wimbledon, the All England Tennis Club's official video and radio coverage, so you can stream games live directly through the app. This feature is, of course, pretty data intensive so you'll want to keep an eye on your usage so you don't run up a massive bill but the quality is impressive for a live stream, even with a relatively slow internet connection.
If you want to keep up with the scores in real time but are worried about the data used by video or audio streaming, the homepage of the official Wimbledon app shows live text scores for every current game and automatically refreshes so you won't miss a point.
If you do happen to miss a match you can get concise match summaries in the news section of the app. This section also gives updates on the Wimbledon Queue for those hoping to get tickets on the day and any updates on players such as injuries.
Wimbledon has handily added player profiles to the official app that means you can find out everything you need to know about whoever's playing. The feature also allows you to select up to 10 favourite players that you will then receive push notifications about so you don't miss a moment of their tournament.
For those lucky enough to have tickets to Wimbledon, the official app has a handy "Find It" section that has a map with the locations of toilets, first aid stands, information points, places to eat, taxi stands, places to leave luggage and of course the courts. When the map is showing courts, you can tap on the one you want and the app will tell you who is currently on court and what the score is.
The official Wimbledon app is free and available on any device running IOS 5.0 or above – including iPad for the first time - or Android 2.2 or above.
BBC iPlayer has made it easier than ever to watch the best of Wimbledon live as this year it will stream up to 12 channels at once from the All England Tennis Club. Unfortunately, the mobile apps will only give you access to coverage on BBC One and Two but whatever mobile device you have, as long as you have an internet connection you can go to the BBC tennis website and select the match you want to watch live. The great thing about bbc.co.uk is that compatibility with smartphones and tablets is not a problem so you can keep up to date on the move with any device.
If you're just looking for short, frequent updates that can be checked on the sly in the office then Wimbledon has a great Twitter account. With key score updates, photos and interesting conversations it's a great way to keep up to date. If you're not one for watching an entire tennis match just follow @Wimbledon. There's a Twitter app for all major mobile platforms.
Wimbledon's Facebook page is ideal for anyone who likes sporting photography. Updates on the various games each day are accompanied by excellent pictures of all the action. Facebook's a great way to check the top news coming out of Wimbledon and see the excitement in beautiful still images. And Facebook has an app for all major mobile platforms, so anyone can check it out on the move.
For anyone who just wants to see the latest scores for all the live matches quickly and easily, the best thing to do is probably search for Wimbledon on Google. Whatever device you're using, from desktop computer to smartphone, this brings up a list of the latest scores on all the courts at Wimbledon.
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