It is estimated that 164million people in the world will be using mobile devices to access online gambling by 2018 Online gambling casino.
Online gambling is now just as popular as the traditional method (Image: Daily Mirror / Rowan Griffiths)
2014 is proving to be a momentous year in the development of the internet and online entertainment.
55% of US internet use is now through mobile devices, with 47% of this being via apps and the other 8% through browsing.
Unsurprisingly, given their ability to be ahead of the game in the adoption of technology, online casinos have embraced the growth in mobile use with greater alacrity than many other web-based industries.
The driving forces behind the rapid uptake of mobile casinos have been convenience and mobility.
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As Jon Bradley from Casinoreef.com.au explains, "The rise of smart phone technology has made it now easier than ever to play casino games on your mobile phone.
Mobile casinos allow you to play your favorite games without the need to be at a computer or download any software."
Online casinos have cashed in on this by developing and enhancing their technology so as to make playing at a mobile casino very straightforward, in addition to offering free games and bonuses that are exclusive to new mobile users, and these factors have in large part been responsible for the rapid increase in revenue derived from these sites.
Likewise, leading online casino software developers now create games in versions that are optimized for use on phones and tablets on all the major mobile operating platforms, such as iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows, and these editions of games are now comparable in terms of graphics and gameplay with established desktop versions.
Mobile casinos either provide access to these games in versions that can be played directly in the browser of a mobile device or via their own specialized apps downloaded from the iTunes or Google Play stores, and these in particular have contributed significantly to rapid revenue growth.
The result is that mobile gambling is available virtually anywhere and at any time, as 4G technology now means that an internet connection is no longer required to access a mobile casino.
Additionally, players have the option to sync their online casino accounts across any number of devices, thus further increasing ease of access.
These developments, however, do mean that there has been a proliferation of mobile casinos and so players should exercise some caution when it comes to selecting a site at which to play.
Players should only choose mobile casinos that feature games from well-established international software companies, as these are certified to provide a fair gaming environment.
Additionally, mobile casinos should be licensed by the gaming authority from which they operate, as well as being accredited by an international testing agency that certifies its payout percentages and the integrity of its games.
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