Over the last couple of years, mobile apps have become the norm for the online poker industry. Indeed, rather late to adopt and to adapt to the possibilities opened by mobile technology advances, the online poker industry has finally completely embraced what may well turn out to be a prolific new market segment, made up of poker players who take their games with them everywhere. All of the major online poker operators have released their mobile apps and the reason I’m not saying Android apps, is because they all obviously aimed to please and to cover as large a mobile market segment as possible. Given the size of the Android consumer base, Android apps are obviously right up there at the top of the mobile app offering of each online poker site.
By far the best is the PokerStars Android app. PokerStars have the manpower to knowhow, the financial resources and pretty much everything else that is required to put out a world-class poker Android app, which has quickly become the gold standard of online poker mobile gaming.
The PokerStars app is a wonderful piece of mobile gaming engineering. The graphics are sharp, superb, and one often feels like they’re actually better than the graphics of the main client. PokerStars is among the very few (quite possibly the only one) out there to offer an Android app through which multi-table tournaments can be played in addition to cash games and SNGs. Offering superb compatibility, the PokerStars mobile app covers pretty much the entire mobile market, and is available in no fewer than 15 languages. In addition to all the above said game types, PokerStars’ Android poker players will also be able to play Zoom Poker, and they will even be able to play at multiple tables at the same time.
With the superb game selection, it still comes as a rather nasty surprise for recreational players to learn that none of PokerStars’ generous daily freerolls are available through any of their mobile apps. In addition to the actual poker app, PokerStars also offer other mobile applications such as their PokerStars TV one and the PokerStars clock.
Unibet may not be in the same weight class with PokerStars, but its mobile apps come in second, right after those of the poker giant. The Unibet Poker Android interface is clean and the graphics are great. The actual value of the Android app is indeed second only to PokerStars’. Like PokerStars, Unibet offer a number of additional apps related to poker as well.
888 Poker’s Android poker app is third on this list. While it only offers access to online cash games and SNGs, the 888Poker Android app features a clean and user-friendly interface with responsive controls and a superb flow of the action.
PartyPoker were definitely not among the trail blazers of the mobile app movement, but when they finally put out their poker for Android app, they hit a homerun with it: in addition to the usual cash games and single table tournaments, the PartyPoker Android app also offers access to the fast folding poker variant pushed by the site, known as Fast-Forward Poker.
William Hill are fifth, for the simple reason that they were the last among the great online poker sites to come up with their own Android poker app.
The bottom line: like the blackjack Android devices can handle, Android poker is enormously popular, and therefore it is safe to say that in the future, whoever controls a large share of the mobile online poker market, will have a major edge over its competitors.