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Do players really need an app to enjoy the best casino games online?

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These days, there’s an app for this, that, and pretty much anything you can think of.

With most of us owning a smartphone or tablet these days, it goes without saying that the rise of ‘app culture’ was and is unstoppable.

However, a fair question remains: is downloading an app always the better move compared to accessing a site via your mobile browser?

Spoiler alert: there isn’t a definitive, concrete answer to that question. However, by framing it with a look at a specific sector – online casino gaming – we can at least open up the discussion a bit further.

There are new online casinos appearing all the time, and the newer additions tend to be conscious of the need to make an app available. However, it’s not always feasible for them to do so due to increased development costs and specific rules in their jurisdiction, and so some simply offer their main website in resized fashion for mobile users instead.

Does this diminish the player experience? Well, that’s just one angle we have to consider.

Speed king

For the most part, it is generally held true that the app experience is a quicker one when compared to browser usage.

However, of course, this depends upon how well the app has been developed and optimized – even newly released apps can be laggy and frustratingly slow when switching between pages.

The speed of mobile browser sites can be wildly different, with some optimized to run like the wind and others requiring the patience of a saint when navigating between tabs and pages.

With casino games in particular, many are developed these days using HTML5, which can be greedy when it comes to processing capability. This will also have a bearing on whether the browser or the app is the smart way to go, and so the only advice that can be given in this instance is to try both options and see which works the best for you.

 Space invader

Let’s face it – many of us have maybe a dozen or more apps installed on our phones and tablets at any one given time.

From news and social media to fitness, weather, video streaming portals, and much more besides, an online casino is always likely to be jostling for space on your home screen.

Even the latest devices have a limited storage capability, and adding apps continuously to your tech will ultimately affect their performance when used.

In that sense, playing your favourite casino games via a browser is beneficial, because there is no need to take up much-needed storage space with a sizable download.

The updating game

From the end user’s perspective, one of the annoying things about using apps is the seemingly never-ending need to update them to the latest version.

This is a minor concern for some, perhaps, but the truth is that not all gamers have access to super-fast internet – not aided by the slow rollout of 5G. For them, updating is a nuisance at best and a hurdle preventing gaming at worst, and so this has to be considered a factor in the discussion.

There are no such demands placed upon the player when gaming via their mobile browser, and so that is a tick in the box of the ‘old school’ technology.

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