Much awaited Beijing Olympics 2008 have started. All exhilarated sports fans are eagerly carving ways to get hooked with it. In this regard Google has genuinely contributed by aggregating all its services to fix the Summer games for its audience. Whether it would be a pre-Event coverage or post-event highlights Google always strives to keep itself abreast with the latest happenings. Here is a collection of Google’s updated maps, gadgets, videos, sites, searches, 3D images and some Google powered Chinese sites that are purely dedicated to serve Olympics.
Google Olympic page
Google has designed an eye appealing web page exclusively for Summer games. The local home page for China is more colourful than US home page and offers a great stream of updated Olympics news from Google News. The updated interactive US page offers wholesome collection of Olympics related Google apps in the form of gadgets, maps, news, one box search and videos.
YouTube’s Olympics dedicated Channel
International Olympic Committee has regarded online Video Sharing Giant, Youtube, as an official Video Channel for the huge event. While you can grab some of the key details about its discussion here, it’s worth mentioning that Google has an honour to stream a daily three-hour video in more than 75 non-supported Olympics territories via its dedicated Beijing Olympics channel. Though it would not give you live updates of the event but it will shower its viewers with the crispy highlights of the event daily.
Countries that can access this updated video stream are:
Afghanistan, Angola, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Botswana, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, The Democratic Republic Of The Congo, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, India, Indonesia, Iran Islamic Republic Of, Iraq, Kenya, Democratic People’s Republic Of Korea, Kuwait, People’s Democratic Republic Lao, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, United Republic Of Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Google Olympics Gadget
Google Desktop has released a deftly tool in the form of a Summer Games Gadget that will allow you to track all 302 events straight from your desktop by displaying latest news, schedules and medal counts. You can download it here.
Google Olympics One box Search (for Upcoming contests)
Google has recently enabled one box searching for Beijing Olympics 2008. One box search renders pertinent search result for your query. All you have to do is enter Olympics game name and append ‘Olympics’ with it and it will foster you with all the upcoming contests in a couple of seconds. The box is directly linked to Beijing Official Olympics website.
Numbers of supported Sports are:
Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Canoe/Kayak Flatwater, Canoe/Kayak Slalom, Cycling BMX, Cycling Mountain Bike, Cycling Road, Cycling Track, Diving, Equestrian, Fencing, Football, Gymnastics Artistic, Gymnastics Rhythmic, Trampoline, Handball, Hockey, Judo, Modern Pentathlon, Rowing, Sailing, Shooting, Softball, Swimming, Synchronized Swimming, Table Tennis, Teakwood, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball, Water Polo, Weightlifting, and Wrestling.
Google Olympics One box Search (for Gold Medals):
The Google One box search also allows you to search for the Medals count by entering the country’s name along with the ‘Olympics’ keyword. The one box search for Medals will be a boon to all exhilarated fans as it shows the real score updates of all countries in just one click under separate categories.
Google News has added ‘Olympics’ category that is dedicated to the huge event. Along with Medal counts and events schedule, it offers updated News from dome prominent news sources including blogs.
Google Mobile App
Google has recently released a new Mobile search tool that allows its users to enjoy sports results at the top of every search results. On typing sports name or medals in your search query by going to www.google.com from your mobile, it will return all the details with respect to Olympics. The multi lingual tool is available in 36 languages in over 60 countries and covers almost all Olympics games.
Google has also updated its maps for Beijing Olympics. If you cant make it to Beijing than track it through Google maps by exploring 3D stadiums, tracking medal counts and watching live sport results.
Google supported 3D images
Google 3D Warehouse offers 3D models of all the Summer games venues that includes National Stadium, National Aquatic Center, Road Cycling Course, Institute of Gymnasium, Green Tennis Court, Laoshan Mountain Bike Course and the list goes on.
Google China SMS Alerts
Google-powered LaiBa Olympics page
China has scalable online user base. Tianya LaiBa, a site powered by Google has dedicated and designed a page exclusively for Olympics. It offers some crunchy News updates for its fans only with an official permission from Chinese authorities.
iGoogle China has redesigned its home page especially for Olympics 2008. With a typical sport-ish looks, it offers updated Olympics News along with an Olympics Gadget.
iGoogle summer games gadget brings you latest updates about Olympics Events, Medals and News.. While you can also pertinent your search by selecting specific country and Sports. You can add this gadget into your Google or iGoogle page.
Google Olympics logo
Google keeps on updating its logo in a real time. While its logo truly speaks Olympics’ games and tradition, by clicking on it will redirect you to its Olympics search result page that will unveil latest Medal counts from iGoogle gadget along with the latest updated News enlisted below it.