Latest News - THE DOGS iPhone App due to launch in coming weeks
GBGB is set to release the first British greyhound racing iPhone App in the coming weeks. An App, short for application is a device that is downloaded to a smartphone via the internet and allows the user to access specific information in a fast, user-friendly way. According to Ofcom*, over a quarter of British adults and nearly half of all teens now own a smartphone. Despite the first version of The Dogs App being available for iPhones only, an Android version is under development and will shortly follow the initial launch.
The App has 26 sections, one for each GBGB licensed racecourse and is GPS led meaning the user, depending on where they are in Great Britain at any particular time will be automatically directed to their nearest stadium. Alternatively, the home screen allows the user to scroll to a stadium of their choice where subsections include stadium-specific offers, local news and events, fast results and advance cards as released by the Press Association and an area called ‘My Kennel’.
The success of an information App rests in its ability to do something unique and it was important when developing The Dogs to provide a tool that is helpful to both first-time race goers and greyhound racing enthusiasts. First-time and potential race goers will find stadium offers, local amenities, information on how to read a racecard and Google Maps showing directions to and from the track.
For those already following the sport, the ‘My Kennel’ section is a unique tool not available anywhere else in greyhound racing whereby the user can place an infinite number of greyhounds in their kennel by searching a database or by adding directly from a race result. Each time a greyhound appears in an upcoming racecard, a push notification will alert the user that the greyhound is due to run.
The App will be free to download for over 16s through the App Store (subject to approval). Keep up to date with more news and developments by following the GBGB on Twitter @GreyhoundBoard