We're just a few hours away from the start of the 2011 Formula 1 season and while the technologically advanced series seriously lagged in adding high definition broadcasting technology, app developers are filling in on the mobile front. This year's version of the official Formula1.com app is available for the first time on Android (in addition to Blackberry, J2ME and iOS) and has also added push notifications (iOS only so far) to tell you when the race is about to start -- convenient for the Australian GP's 2 a.m. EST start time. If you're looking for an upgrade as a viewing companion, the F1 2011 Timing App Championship Pass pulls in live stats and indicators of where each racer is on the track, as seen in the iPad version pictured above, and can even pause or replay the info later if you're watching on DVR. It runs about $30 on the iTunes and Android app stores, check it out at the links below or the press release after the break, or just poke around the app stores yourself for a few other options.


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The Official F1(TM) 2011 Live Timing App is now available as the 2011 Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix(TM) Gears up this Weekend
OXFORD, England, March 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- With the 2011 Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix(TM) marking the start of the Formula One(TM) season this weekend, The official F1(TM) 2011 Timing and Track Positioning App is now available on the App Store and Android Market: Click on http://www.softpauer.com/f1site/index.php?q=node/3 to download now! With live pause and replay now available on the App, even if you miss your alarm there is no need to miss a minute of the action.

Already award winning* and 5* rated by iTunes in 2010, the 2011 App promises to bring even more excitement, content and choice to the user, with a variety of brand new features now available alongside those that have proved to be a hit with Formula One(TM) fans so far.

For the first time this year, pause has now been enabled during live sessions allowing the user to quickly replay the action as soon as it unfolds. The F1(TM) 2011 Live Timing and Track Positioning App now offers users over 130 hours of racing action, brought direct and in perpetuity from the track straight to the handheld as it all unfolds. Real time track positions and data stream directly from the track to the phone, with a fully interactive 3D map giving a view of the entire circuit, complete with driver positions, gaps and pitstops throughout any given lap. Importantly, wireless is not needed to enjoy the App, which also runs on GPRS, so it can be viewed anywhere.

More timing data has been added to the App in 2011 and the live timing screens and leaderboards have been revised to make the data even more accessible. Corner numbers and names have now been added to the map view and 3D track navigation means that the map can now be panned easily so that you can position the track exactly where you want it. There's also much more information at your fingertips thanks to a re-designed info base. Finally, the App has been optimised so that it runs even faster than before.

Zoom in to follow a specific driver or out to get a view of the entire lap; Split the screen to see the timing screens alongside the on-map action, or follow the live leaderboard as the race unfolds; Follow live text commentary** or review the action again and again. For the Formula One(TM) fan, this really is an App to bring all the detail and minutiae of each and every session to life.

For further information visit http://www.softpauer.com

Notes:

the F1 Live Timing App won the SportBusiness Ultimate Sports App Award
2010 for providing the ultimate value added experience throughout a race
weekend.



**F1 text commentary on the App provided in English, French and German.

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