For many mobile casino players, the WAP protocol for delivery of online information to mobile phones came and went relatively quickly, overtaken by newer technologies culminating in 4G before it really had a chance to catch on. Indeed, the technology itself was somewhat ahead of its time, allowing people to access email and websites – and mobile casino games – on the move before devices even had colour screens. However, no sooner had it become the de facto choice for mobile connectivity than the industry accelerated ahead and we saw the increasing use of smartphones as the mobile gambling devices of choice.
However, operators that are looking to push ahead with the latest cutting edge HTML5 games that rely on strong internet connections may be getting ahead of themselves and risking falling behind in certain important international markets. The issue arose from outside the mobile casino industry and was found by the Bodog88 sports book, which offers mobile gambling for sports betting rather than games. Much to their surprise, they found that the majority of users in Asia, a key gambling market, could not access their shiny new mobile platform. This led to the company withholding its release until a similar WAP friendly version could be created and launched alongside their flagship service.
In effect, continuing to develop support for older handsets and lower internet connection speeds is actually seen as a competitive advantage, such is the rush among many mobile casino providers to capitalise on newer devices. The strength and profitability of the Asian gambling market needs absolutely no introduction, and players and casinos alike will find that older games certainly still have a place in the market.
This will no doubt come as great news to mobile casino fans that still use older devices, or simply still prefer older games. The best choice generally remains as Microgaming powered mobile casinos, as many still implement a filter to direct players to the best casino experience for their device; either the classic casino or Spin3 platform. Both All Slots Mobile Casino and Royal Vegas Mobile carry out such a practice, making them ideal for our readers in Asia.