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Monday, April 16, 2012

Mobile Casino – the Future of Online Gambling?


Mobile Casino – the Future of Online Gambling?

Mobile Casino – the Future of Online Gambling?
Portable multimedia devices such as Ipads, Android phones and Iphones are becoming more and more popular. Such multimedia capable devices are opening new markets, for example, mobile devices are an excellent platform for gambling applications. The gambling industry is going to focus on devices which which consume most of their potential customers time. The question should be more likely when are the mobile casinos coming! Are the applications and products ready to fulfill players needs already? A big variety in different platforms might slow down the development, however, HTML5 offers an crossborder platform for almost every mobile device on the planet.

The Differences between Mobile Casino and Online Casino?

Mobile Casinos basically work very similary as normal online casinos. The obvious difference is of course a smaller screen, which is the biggest challenge of the mobile casinos. Most of the Mobile Casino softwares are quite limited still, offering a selection of 10-20 games. The selection offers usually the most common and popular table games like Blackjack, Baccarat and Roulette and of course usually a variety of slots. Also the biggest jackpot slots are usually represented in the selection.
We have not seen mobile casinos which would offer for example live casino games or games where players can compete against each others, however, there are no technical limitations or boundaries in developing such applications. So lets hope that we’ll see such games soon on mobile devices! However if you are used to play on normal online casinos, the change to a mobile casino can feel a bit like playing the past, because of the small screen and very simple selection of the games.
There are only few mobile casino software providers on the market currently, which means that most of the mobile casinos you run in to are basically the same. The most advanced HTML5 product is offered by NetEnt software, which is the leading online casino software provider currently.
The Mobile Casino softwares are usually built to detect the resolution of the mobile devices screen and scaling the games to the right size. The games are designed in a way where you can use the device horinzontally or vertically and still be able to play the games.

How Does a Mobile Casino Work?

Academic Gamers QR code
A scannable image which leads to Academic Gamers frontpage
Mobile Casino works usually as a side product of a normal online casino. You can enter the mobile casino by either typing the address of the normal address of the online casino to your mobile devices browser or for example using a scanner application on your mobile device to scan a QR code (example on the right side).
After entering the Mobile Casino with your portable device, you can either create a new account or to use an old one, which you have created on the main online casino site. After logging in you are ready to go.
Most Mobile Casinos let you test all the games for free, before creating an account or making any payments.

Iphone and Ipad casino

CasinoEuro Iphone Casino
An Iphone Casino Blackjack (CasinoEuro)
Most of the worlds multimedia devices are either Iphones, Ipads or Android devices. Therefore all the better mobile casinos support all these devices. The Ipad Casino solutions are usually the same ones as the Iphone casinos, just the graphics are scaled on bigger size. Sometimes this can make you wish for a better resolution for an Ipad but the difference usually is nothing too bad.
There is no different application for the mobile casinos on Iphone or Ipad because Apple has a closed system, where all the apps must be purchased from their App Store. The App Store does not allow mobile casino or any gambling related software to be downloaded. This is why all the mobile casino or mobile betting software will work straight from the browser of Iphone or Ipad. The Mobile Casino in your Iphone Casino or Ipad Casino will look like it would be its own app, thanks to the HTML5.

Android Casino

Android Casino Blackjack
An Android Casino Blackjack
Android Casino works with the same method as described above. Googles Android store is a bit more open solution, so we might see in the Android Store in future some applications related to mobile casinos or mobile betting solutions. For mobile Casino providers it is easier to build Iphone and Ipad casino solutions, because the screen resolution is always the same. With Android you have loads of different screen sizes and versions of the software, which makes it a bit more challenging to create an Android Casino. At least the NetEnts product seems to be working well in both platforms. In future with the help of HTML5 we’ll be seeing a lot more cross platform solutions.

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