2011 has been a record year for smartphone manufacturers as more than 400 million units were sold all over the world. At this pace, smartphones will soon become a personal item as common as, say, a wristwatch or wallet/purse, being carried and used on a daily basis by a huge percentage of the world’s population. That saturation will of course provide more business opportunities. Many online casinos have already picked up on this trend, establishing their mobile casino subsidiaries. They are joined by new mobile casinos that are exclusively dedicated to mobile gambling via smartphones. Although the industry is still relatively young and the number of available games comparatively restricted, this is likely to change rapidly in the near future.
At the moment, mobile casino operators and game developers are sometimes still struggling with the fact that the designs of smartphones are not yet standardized. Practically all smartphone manufacturers use their own designs in terms of screen sizes, display resolution and also touchscreen functionalities. That effectively means that casino game developers must take into consideration those often very varied specifications. Since a “universal” platform is yet impossible to achieve, a particular game may display well on one smartphone model screen, but may utterly fail to deliver with another model. The challenge is to develop games that are playable in as broad a range of screen sizes and resolution settings as possible. But as smartphone manufacturers will most likely streamline their designs (also to capture other businesses), these current problems will eventually subside. In straight terms that means for you as a player that soon it won’t be necessary anymore to check whether your particular smartphone model is compatible with a selected mobile casino or not. It is going to work with any mobile casino. This inevitably and naturally will lead to a lot more games becoming available in mobile casinos, which is really good news for passionate ‘gamblers-on-the-go’.
Yet not all is bright and shiny and care-free. Extended use of smartphones and far-reaching compatibilities also invoke the specter of security. Under the prospect of hundreds of millions of new smartphones entering service every year, malware makers are not sitting by idly, twiddling thumbs. They have stepped up their game and busily continue to develop viruses that specifically target smartphones. At present, hackers still enjoy rather easy pickings when they’re out on the prowl, because the vast majority of handsets do not even have the most basic anti-virus tools installed and operational. Both mobile device manufacturers and app developers really must scramble to counter that already looming threat, which is expected to exacerbate over the next few years.