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Microgaming Hits the Android

11 January 2011 by admin

I like the Android mascot, as I like to think of him. But now I can have the image of the little green guy pulling the handle on a one armed bandit. This is because Microgaming will be available to Android users through an app for the phone.

While Microgaming designs casino games ranging from online blackjack to online poker to specialty games such as roulette and craps, they are best known for their online slots games. This is mainly due to the quality of the games themselves and to the superb graphics. That and they have released some highly anticipated online slots games in 2010: the sequel to Thunderstruck, aptly called Thunderstruck II; and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Like the movie, that last one is the first of a trilogy of online slots games; and also like the first movie, the first slots game will probably always just be called The Fellowship of the Ring. But I digress.

Microgaming is the first online casino game software company to offer a casino games package app on the device. While some might see this as an online gambling invasion or a push on Microgaming’s part to spread its reach and money making potential, their Head of Microgaming Casinos, Mike Hebden, claims that their interest in Android is just their desire to bring the best in online gaming options to their fans and with the Android becoming as popular and as comparable to the iPhone and its apps it is only natural o explore the Android option: “Android has more momentum than any other platform and is largely driving the increased sales of smartphones. A number of pad style devices will also soon be running Android v2.2.”

Hmm… does that mean there is an Android answer to Apple’s iPad? Maybe we should be placing wagers on whether or not Froyo, Android’s maker, will give Apple a run for its money. It is already being speculated that Android will overtake Apple as the mobile device to own—ergo buy—by 2014.

But 2014 is still three years away. Plenty of time for prospective wagering on take overs. The big thing here is that Microgaming has chosen to run with the Android crowd. And as New Jersey is thumbing its nose at UIGEA, so too is Microgaming thumbing its nose at Apple.

One Response to “Microgaming Hits the Android”

  1. Bret Cassidy says:

    It is only logical that Microgaming makes the move to Android. Most companies that are involved in mobile software development are now turning there focus to Android. Tables games and slots could potentially be a lot more exciting on a touch screen device than on a laptop or desktop, because of the increased sense interaction a touch screens bring. For your information, Froyo is not the maker of Android, but a version of Android. It is important that Microgaming provides the same safe online casino experience on mobile gaming that they do to desktop and laptop gaming.