Android vs iOS (Apple) For Mobile Casino Gambling
In the UK most mobile gambling happens on either Android devices or iOS devices – the iPhone series, the iPad series, and the iPod Touch. There are other mobile platforms as well, including Windows Phone and BlackBerry, but the majority of gambling happens on Android and iOS devices. This is because the Android and iOS devices have the maximum share of the mobile market in the UK. The story is the same in other European countries and also most of the remaining parts of the world. A look at the numbers tells the tale.
A study by Kantar WorldPanel ComTech threw up some interesting numbers. As of December 2015, the following was the market share of the different mobile platforms in the UK:
- Android: 51.9%
- iOS: 38.6%
- Windows Phone: 9.2%
- BlackBerry: 0.3%
- Others: 0.1%
As you can see, most users in the UK prefer the Android platform, with the iOS platform coming a slightly distant second. These numbers have been despite a 7%+ fall that the Android OS has experienced because of the failure of the Samsung Galaxy S6 to match the expectations set by the performance of its predecessors.
In terms of popularity of devices, the top 10 smartphones in the UK currently are:
- Samsung Galaxy S7
- Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
- iPhone 6S
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6S Plus
- Samsung Galaxy Note 4
- iPhone 5S
- Sony Experia Z3+
- Samsung Galaxy S6
- Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
So what does this difference in market share and usage of popular smartphones translate to in terms of UK no deposit mobile casino bonuses and their accessibility for players? Not much, really. That is because all major mobile casinos today offer games that are compatible with multiple platforms.
Earlier, this was done through development of native apps for each platform. So a slot that was developed for the iOS platform would then be suitably tweaked from a coding point of view to ensure compatibility with the Android, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry platforms. Some platforms earlier had certain issues, like the Windows Phone platform: their earlier OS versions were not suitable for mobile gaming. That has changed with the latest version of the Windows Phone OS, which is specifically aimed at mobile gaming.
The arrival of HTML5 has changed all that; now one single phase of development is all that is required to ensure cross-platform compatibility. The availability across multiple platforms is not limited to games alone; all bonuses are available across the various platforms. Regardless of which platform you are playing on, you get the same no deposit bonuses at the casino that you have signed up with as other players playing from a different device on another platform.