How technical advances and mobile games have gone hand in hand
Online betting and especially mobile betting has become huge in the last 10-15 years. With the introduction of smartphones, a whole new generation of sports fans had the ability to bet on games at their fingertips.
Let’s take a look at some of the biggest technological advances over the years and how they’ve gone hand in hand with mobile gaming.
By far the biggest technological advance that has allowed the explosion of mobile gaming is smartphones. There is some debate as to exactly when the first smartphone was released; technically, you can go all the way back to 1992 when IBM launched the first touchscreen phone – the IBM Simon. However, most would agree that the release of the first iPhone by Apple in 2007 was the watershed moment.
The iPhone was the first mainstream phone to come with a highly advanced touch screen with many innovations as well as full internet functionality via the Safari browser. The slim design, ground-breaking technology and the already strong Apple brand made the iPhone a huge success from the start.
Since then, the smartphone market has grown bigger every year, with countless models available from the world’s biggest manufacturers. The user-friendly and large touchscreen was perfect for allowing all kinds of new experiences, including the ability to bet quickly and easily wherever you are.
High speed network coverage
Another major technological advance that has gone hand-in-hand with mobile gaming is high-speed network coverage. Mobile networks made it possible for users to get high-speed internet without having to be connected to wi-fi.
Starting with 2G, the first digital network, mobile network technology has evolved rapidly, from 3G all the way up to 5G, with unprecedented speeds now available to mobile users.
There is no doubt that high-speed mobile networks have had a major impact on the popularity of mobile gaming. Features such as live betting are highly dependent on having a high-speed internet connection with little or no latency, and that is less of a problem now than ever before.
Mobile gaming apps
It’s easy to assume that modern mobile apps have been around as long as smartphones, but that’s not the case. The app stores for Apple and Google respectively were not released until more than a year after the first iPhone was released in 2007.
Since they were first launched, the Apple and Google app stores have been hugely popular – which has led to an explosion in new markets, such as mobile games, social media and not least – mobile games. Apps provide a much simpler and more streamlined experience compared to traditional browser-based websites. This is especially important for users of mobile betting apps, who often want to place or place bets as quickly as possible.
It cannot be overstated how much of an impact mobile apps as technology have had on mobile gaming. Virtually all major bookmakers now have their own app and many advertisements for betting sites now exclusively advertise the app itself.
An often overlooked technological advance that enabled the growth of mobile gaming is improved security. In the early days of online betting, there were many scams going around, with users’ accounts being hacked and their money stolen. Fortunately, those days are long gone thanks to improvements in security technology.
In addition to encouraging people to use secure passwords, online betting companies are also incorporating technology such as two-factor authentication. 2FA has become a standard security measure for all types of online accounts, not just gaming platforms. It ensures that the person trying to log into the account is its real owner by sending a one-time pin (OTP) to the mobile phone or email address.
Without the guarantee of security, it is certain that mobile gaming would not be nearly as big as it is now.
Easy access to sports data
When it comes to improving your odds of winning at a particular game, the more knowledge you have, the better. The advent of the internet and especially smartphones has made it much easier to access the latest, high quality data for any sport you could think of, such as UFC games, for example.
Most gaming platforms will now have massive amounts of data, both on their website and mobile apps, giving users access to the latest trends and analytics for their favorite sport.
This easy access to sports data has definitely been a big factor in the popularity of the mobile game.
Online payment systems
Finally, are online payment systems. The various online payment methods that consumers can choose from make depositing and withdrawing money from gaming accounts very easy.
In addition to credit and debit card options, users can also use technology such as PayPal as well as eWallets and cryptocurrencies. This makes the overall experience of betting much faster and more convenient, which is always a big selling point for mobile users.