Mobile gaming is a growing part of the online casino industry and more and more players are choosing to access their favourite means of entertainment through a mobile device.
There have been some stumbling blocks along the way, though. While players with Apple devices have been happily downloading and playing gambling apps for ages, Android users have been left out in the cold.
But this is all about to change…
Mobile casino apps are coming to the Play Store!
Getting a casino app on your Android phone has, so far, been a bit of a hassle. You would have to download a file straight off the web, ominously turning off your device’s default setting, which protects you against all sorts of nasty software that could be lurking out there. In short, it’s a pain.
For some players though, that struggle is almost over. Players in the UK, France and Ireland will be able to download gambling apps straight from the Play Store, from August this year!
Of course, Google wants to keep all its users safe from trouble, so it has insisted that before any app goes live, it will have to be carefully vetted in terms of security procedures and player protections.
Frankly, this is good news for all the security-conscious mobile casino users out there. It shows that Google is committed to ensuring that its users are in line with the law, are not gambling while underage or from restricted regions, and have responsible gambling protocols in place.
Google has also stated that only licensed and regulated casinos will be accepted into the online application marketplace. If checking the ‘Allow Unknown Sources’ option on your phone makes you shudder, you will welcome the intense screening Google is conducting.
One step at a time
We can imagine that players outside of the aforementioned areas may be put out to learn that they’ll have to wait their turn to download their favourite casino app.
Another bit of less-than-awesome news is that Google has revealed that its payment services such as Android Pay will not be available within the casino apps, which means that players will have to use other payment methods instead.
Still, Google has not ruled out broadening this accessibility to other regions, saying that the policy could change in the future and more countries being able to download through the Play Store.
What does this mean for me?
If you live in the UK, Ireland or France, you will be able to download casino apps directly through the Google Play Store. You will benefit from being able to download safe applications that meet Google’s exacting requirements, automatic upgrades when they become available and the use of a searchable app store – a nice change from having to hunt around the web for a reliable, safe download source.
These changes should start to roll out in August.
If you do not live in these regions, don’t worry too much. Google may yet expand its services to include your county. And as Google becomes more proficient in screening and approving trustworthy online casinos, you can be sure that there will be more options to choose from when your turn comes.