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Mobile Sites and Mobile Apps
Take the online casino with you on the go, in the form of a Website or App.
For gamblers with a smartphone or tablet device it can be confusing deciding whether to play through a mobile casino website or mobile casino app. Of course, the first thing to figure out is whether your chosen casino has an app that is compatible with your particular device. Once you've decided that though, it's good to know the other differences.
Mobile gambling sites are similar to any other online website, except that they are designed to suit smaller handheld displays and touch-screen interfaces. Gaming apps, on the other hand, must be downloaded and installed to your device from the Apple Store, Android Market or elsewhere.
Much has been written about the privacy risks associated with using mobile apps of any kind, but the truth is that mobile gambling operators devote just as much attention to the privacy needs of their apps as they do to their sites. As they do with their online gambling websites, the leading operators ensure their mobile sites and apps meet the best standards and that data are properly encrypted. You can usually find information about this on their mobile site.
If you already hold an existing account to, let's say "Joe's online casino," then you should be able to sign-in automatically to Joe's mobile casino site and Joe's mobile casino app. The only difference is that you can access the mobile site automatically, while the app will require a download before allowing you to type in your details and begin playing.
As you would if you were gambling online, you should always check that your operator of choice meets the highest protection standards. The best way to do this is to check if they are certified by eCommerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance (eCOGRA), which sets standards for online gaming sites. Check to see if their mobile site or mobile app is certified, and gain that extra sense of security before playing.
Apps are designed to give you one-touch access to a small selection of mobile casino games, so generally they come out on top for usability. However, mobile sites are necessary in two customers: when your gambling operator has not made certain games or services available on app, or if their app is not compatible with your device.