The mobile phone has changed the way people gamble across the globe. Smartphones and tablets have led to a surge in mobile based casino gaming, and mobile casinos are now the rage across the world. The numbers speak for themselves and are so huge that every existing online casino software provider now has a mobile offering, and there are new providers who cater exclusively to the mobile casino market.
The sites listed below offer a variety of mobile games, ranging from around 80 to well over 300 in some cases. They are all no download or "instant play" casinos, i.e. there is no need to download an app. You simply choose a game once you have created an acocunt, and play it instantly on your mobile device's internet browser. We have tested all of these casinos on the Apple iOS operating system as well as on numerous popular Android devices (including a Samsung Galaxy S6 and a Galaxy Tab). We have also tested most of them on a Windows Phone.
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What has made mobile casino gaming so popular globally? It makes casino gaming completely personal while retaining the quality of service you get at a desktop casino.
With countries like the UK and Australia opening up to the concept of real money gambling at mobile casinos, mobile casino gambling is picking up pace rapidly worldwide. A study indicates that 60% of mobile gaming will be on the mobile platform. The following numbers give a clear picture of how fast and big this market is growing globally.
By 2017, the global mobile gambling revenue is slated to hit an incredible $100 billion. That is an astounding number, given that the worth of the entire industry was just $27 billion in 2014.
In Australia, the leading platforms for mobile casino gambling currently are Android and iOS.
However, in terms of device the leader in Australia in terms of market share is Apple, with Samsung (Android) coming a close second.
The Windows Phone platform is also growing quite rapidly. Initially there were glitches because the earlier Windows OS versions were not dedicated towards mobile game play. That is changing with the arrival of Windows 10, which is targeted at the mobile segment of the market as well. An indication of this is the fact is the launch of the Microsoft store in Sydney, the first one outside the USA.
You can play at mobile casino games both from Android as well as iOS devices. Let us now take a look at some of the popular Android casino software/game developers.
As mentioned earlier, in Australia the majority share of the market has been picked up by the Android platform, with the iOS platform in second place. There are other platforms as well – Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and others. All the top online casino software providers also have a mobile version of their offering nowadays. These include companies like:
The following is a comparative study of these companies and what they offer.
NetEnt4137Starburst, Gonzo’s Quest, and Jackhammer1NoNoYes
|Software Provider||Total Games||No. of Pokies||3 Biggest Games||No. of Progressive on Android||Live Games||Native App Support||HTML 5/ Instant Play|
|Microgaming||255+ (155+ native apps and 65+ HTML5)||100+||Thunderstruck, Mega Moolah, and Break d Bank||20+||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|RTG||37||34||Cleopatra’s Gold Mine, Builder Beaver, Caesar’s Empire||21||No||No||Yes|
|Playtech||80||58||The Incredible Hulk, Gladiator Jackpot, Mr. Cash Back||16||No||No||Yes|
|Nyx Interactive||75||61||Foxin’ Wins, Merlin’s Millions, Medusa||8||No||No||Yes|
|BetSoft||30+||15+||Greedy Goblins, Heist, Boomanji||6||No||No||Yes|
As you can see from the table above, Microgaming has the biggest portfolio of mobile games, including slots, progressives, table games, and others. Most of the mobile software providers listed here do not offer native apps, especially in Australia, as app distribution outlets – app stores like the iTunes App Store and Google Play – for both iOS and Android platforms do not encourage real money casino apps sake on their sites. All of them offer instant play apps – web apps – that have been developed on the HTML5 platform.
We will discuss more about instant play games and native apps in the following section.
The two major modes you can play games at a mobile casino are. Native apps involve mobile casino games download, while HTML5 games are available for instant play:
Instant play games
So if there was one real money game that you had to play, which one would that game be? And which would be the best mobile casino to play it in? Of course, there are a number of factors you would need to consider, including:
Our recommendation is the Spinata Grande slot from NetEntertainment. This game looks great and has a range of fantastic features that make it fun and exciting to play.