[toc]Do you remember when the first video cassette recorders came onto the market in the early 1980s and customers were left with a choice: Do they get behind Sony’s Betamax format or opt for the potentially cheaper VHS format from JVC?
In the end, it was the VHS format that won the day. But in those early years, homeowners were often puzzled as to which was the ‘best’ format to pick.
Fast forward to present day and a similar battle is raging in the arena of mobile phone technology. Notwithstanding fringe players in the industry such as BlackBerry or Nokia, there are essentially two choices a person wanting a smartphone or tablet can pick. These are iOS (essentially, all Apple devices) or Android.
In this article, we’re going to focus primarily on the cross-platform service of Android. It’s far and away the most popular operating system in use on mobile devices. Worldwide, 96% of devices reportedly are based on the Android o/s.
Of course, our main area of focus is gambling and betting. Hence, we’re going to review the Android operating system from the point of view of using that device to gamble.
So what are your options as an Android user? What are the benefits and drawbacks of real money casinos with your device at online casinos, poker or sports betting sites? Are there any security issues you need to consider?
Read on to find out or choose from one the top gambling sites with real money apps.
There’s good news for Android users when it comes to gambling online. Given the popularity of the Android o/s, every top level online sports betting, casino and poker company offers a real-money app for Android users. In general, these services are very easy to access.
In the main, the easiest way to access any site with the intention to gamble is to use a browser. (Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are good places to start.) Search for the site and then log into the Android-compatible site to begin play.
This is the easiest, and only, way to gamble online for Android users. Google Play (Google’s version of the App Store) does not allow any gambling apps to be stocked or downloaded.
It’s important to note that this does not mean that gambling apps are illegal, or won’t work on an Android device. It only means that Google made it company policy not to stock any apps in Google Play that offered any form of gambling.
Although, in September 2015, there seemed to be some movement from the company toward allowing certain kinds of betting apps. Given this fact, whether that ban stays in place forever remains to be seen.
Meanwhile, this can make finding apps for betting, casino and poker companies somewhat difficult. However, there are an increasing number of sites that users can visit and download an Android-compatible app onto their device. Indeed, the majority of sites offering an iOS-based app, now offer a similar and equally functional option for Android customers.
In terms of the gambling apps and/or browser-based sites available for Android, they generally fall into three broad categories:
Most mobile-malware is targeted at Android. Part of that is because so many people use Android compared to other devices. Android does have rigorous and regular security updates to software, which are regularly sent out, but experts do feel that there are exploits which can be used.
However, there are some practical steps you can take to stop this. Firstly, install a virus checker and anti-malware software on your device. This is always a key first step and will stop the vast majority of issues.
Other simple security procedures to follow are to only make financial transactions on a secure service. (This includes your home, a non-public WiFi service, or via 3G/4G. Never over a public WiFi service as you’d find in a coffee shop or library, for example.) It also goes without saying to not have any of your personal and financial details stored on your device in an easy-to-access place.
Other simple tips include having separate passwords and usernames for different accounts. Ensure your phone is locked and passcode protected. And keep it securely on your person when out and about.
By taking these small steps, you can radically improve the security of your Android device and enjoy trouble-free gambling for many years to come.
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