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It’s a great day for Android mobile casino players in the UK, France, and the Republic of Ireland, as Google Play Store has accepted the first wave of gambling apps which are now available for download. NetEnt Casino first brought Google’s change of stance on iGaming apps to your attention back in mid-July, and we’re hoping that a successful response will convince the American search giant to relax their policies for other Play Store regions soon.
For now, though, it’s just UK, French and Irish gamers who can look forward to a range of benefits by downloading apps from an official library. Let’s take a look at who’s straight out of the gate.
Although it’s rumoured that multiple online casinos are looking to join the Play Store revolution, there are a handful who have made sure their programs were online and ready to download as soon as the ban was lifted for gamers to enjoy.
If you’re a regular user of an Android app that’s not yet made the cut, do not fret. Google have already indicated their desire to be cautious, so additional precautions are being implemented to guarantee a safe platform.
One more word regarding safety from us, and it’s about the previous method that Android players have been using to install casino apps on Google’s mobile OS.
If for any reason you left “allow installation from unknown sources” (a check box option under the Security tab) on after installing your chosen casino’s Android software, NetEnt Casino highly recommends that you switch it off.
Allowing app installations from unknown sources can leave your device(s) open to attack, and in today’s world you can never be too careful with cyber security.
One of the most obvious advantages of Google’s decision is that it makes it so much easier (and safer) to download mobile casino apps. While you’ve probably loved downloading .apk files from random pages and changing settings (no marks for calling sarcasm!), we think this streamlined process could convince more of you to dedicated software.
iPad/iPhone mobile casino players are ten times more likely than their Android counterparts to use gambling apps rather than the web.
Sure, the age-old issue of storage space doesn’t change, but if you’re loyal to just a handful of website then you can probably make a few concessions.
Another positive is the sheer potential that allowing gambling apps on the Play Store could have. Android controls close to 50% of the UK’s smartphone market, so online casinos can now provide a much more viable method to many more people.
As Germany, Italy and Spain’s Android market share rockets to 80%, and even 90% for the latter, a successful roll out to these regions could have an even greater impact on how players consume casino entertainment.
One thing we need to mention is that certain exclusive welcome bonuses or offers from NetEnt Casino (such as the above 888casino) may not be redeemable using these new apps!
So, players looking for the best UK online casinos, and their French and Irish counterparts, should join their chosen platform using the links we provide before running any software.
We don’t want you to miss out on any of our juicy treats by accident, that’s for sure!