Ultimate Guide to Casinos on your Android Phone
Android has won the smartphone software race. As much as Apple grabs the headlines, iPhones are a tiny percentage of the smartphones worldwide – and the casinos know it. This is great news for Android phone users, who have the best games to pick from, and a choice of how they access them too.
This Android phone guide has two purposes.
First, to give you an overall summary of how to access the best games, the best software and the best casino deals via your phone. In addition to provide a central page to link to the different test articles, reviews and comparisons which make up the unique content here at High Tech Gambling.
There are two ways to enjoy a casino games on Android smartphones, responsive browser games and apps. Here is an overview of each.
Android Casinos – Responsive Browser Games
This makes up 90% of the titles you can access via Android. It is as if the casinos looked at all the options and collectively decided that while apps were all very well, the future of gaming was in the browser.
You simply go to the website from your phone, log in (or register if you have not already done so) and the games will adjust to your screen size. Most games work great, for slots you simply turn your phone into landscape mode. You’ll find some titles which are not ideally adapted to the phone-sized screens – however those are in the minority.
Flash powers most of the titles. This software used to have a bad reputation. Early versions took a while to initialize, were laggy and were prone to crashing too. Things have moved on since those days, and I rate Flash as excellent these days. Computer devices have got faster, networks better and innovations in the software mean that these games are every bit as good as the full-downloads.
You will also find smartphone casino games which are based on HTML5 and Java. Many times, casinos use a mix of the three types of software to initialize and run the games. Android supports them all, maximizing your choice of games.
Android Casinos – Apps
There are some apps available, particularly at casinos which offer the software of the ‘Big 2’ (MicroGaming and PlayTech). What you’ll find is that these have a very small selection of games compared to the selection of in-browser titles available. We are talking 20 to 30 titles via dedicated apps.
You can expect a good selection of recent slot games, and 1 blackjack and 1 Roulette game as the basic setup – with some casinos throwing in a video poker and / or Keno title for good measure.
On the plus side, you can be certain that these games have been optimized for phone sized screens. More of the work is done by your phone with these (you download the core gaming engine). Which potentially makes the games faster and smoother – I have not noticed particular difference.
I recommend you check out the in-browser games first. The selection is just so much better!
Android Casinos – Software and Games Available
The big advantage of Android is that you have the choice a long list of software providers. Many of these have forgone the old style download altogether, and are in-browser only. In addition to the big 2, you’ll be able to play the movie-themed IGT games, the quirky new titles from NetEnt and niche slots software from the likes of Williams Interactive or Bally.
What I recommend is that you try out some casinos which have more than one software maker’s games listed – this saves having multiple accounts. Here are my recommendations for international players, along with a little information on what to expect.
BetFair for Android
Many players (incorrectly) associate Betfair with sports betting only. In fact, they have one of the biggest and best selections of casino games with both download and browser versions available. The main body of games are the PlayTech titles (including the Marvel Games and Spamalot (among many more). In addition there are two more sections ‘Vegas’ and ‘Arcade’ where you’ll find alternative game listings with IGT, NetEnt and Williams Interactive titles (among others).
What I like best about Betfair is that they treat their loyal players well, with a constant stream of offers and promos (include cross-marketing from their other gaming verticals).
An easy top pick, check out www.betfair.com for the latest special offers.
Mr Green for Android
This casino is part of a brand new breed, which does not include a download at all in their line-up. Instead, Mr Green collects the best titles from a wide range of software providers, and makes them all available for Android smartphone players.
NetEnt power the primary selection at this casino. These games are getting better and better (I challenge anyone not to enjoy Egg-o-Matic!). You’ll also find MicroGaming titles (including ThunderStruck 2), and IGT titles on top, there are also Bally + QuickFire titles.
What I like best about Mr Green is that they tailor their promotions to individual game tastes and buy-in levels. Instead of listing some generic offers, you’ll get one e-mail a week, which has offers tailored to you. If you’d like to see how things are done differently in the modern online casinos world – then Mr Green is the place to head. Simply visit www.mrgreen.com via your Android device and the software will do the rest.
Casino Options for US Android Users
Options are more limited for US players in terms of the Software which will run on Android phones. One casino which has nailed it, in terms of the game selection + mobile compatibility balance is Bovada. This is the US friendly branch of the global Bodog family, and has a great reputation built up over more than 10 years.
You’ll find a mix of Realtime Gaming (check out the ‘Reel Series’ slots there) plus BetSoft slot titles available to play on your mobile. You’ll also find a lot of the biggest and most generous player promotions anywhere online. Check out www.bovada.lv for more.