Google's Play Store for Android is reportedly goign to begin allowing real money gambling apps in regulated jurisdictions, ending years of bans that have been set on the store.
The revelation was made by UK digital firm Degree53, who claims that Google has begun emailing large online betting operators to inform them of the change in policy. The email said that the policy will change in early August of this year, and that the company will accept applications for real money apps within the UK, Ireland, and France. More countries may be added to the whitelist in the future.
Google will reportedly require operators to submit documents verifying their current gaming licenses, and that sites don't have this will not be permitted to offer their apps in the Play Store. The company has been very tight on gambling across its multiple products, prohibiting online gambling advertising on its Google search engine, as well as restricting gaming apps in their Play Store.
This change in policy will likely have a major impact on internet gambling moving forward, and the Casino Listings news team will keep readers up to date as more developments arise.
This looks like good news for mobile players, especially in the UK. What casinos or sportsbooks do you want to see launch an app on Android?
These are some really nice news. I love playing on my phone and I am a big Android fan so I am excited to see how this will turn out.
Looks like this will definitely influence the market big...at least in those particular countries at first time
To be honest didn't thought of any at first sight that I can't play at desktop pc already Slim but if I have to choose one it would be bet365 sportsbook & casino...but I'm not from the "regulated" countries anyway..I guess I should buy my self a smart phone in any case 😀
Well I am not sure if I even will use it. I know that a few casinos already have mobile apps but I always stick with regular browser. In a way I feel like it would be more tempting to deposit more if I had a casino app, just because I would feel bored and it would be in front of my eyes.
It iwill be available only in UK, Ireland and France initially anyway.
Well at first place that's a great advertising for every casino or sportsbook being placed there, I think the casinos would be eager to create and improve their apps because of the Google play store popularity and sometimes a punter could see and download the app of a casino that in other case wouldn't thought of for years.
Of course, that's a good point. I was just saying that for some casinos there are already apps but I've never been very keen on them.
Yes I understood your point, still it would be a considered as a huge breakthrough from most of the casinos to have an app placed exactly there were it would bring them a lot more punters than usual I think.