When it comes to Smartphones, there only really used to be one choice: the iPhone. But that's all changed. Android phones have overtaken Apple devices in terms of overall sales, and some would argue that they have overtaken them in terms of overall experience. But we are not going to get into that argument here (there are fanboys and fangirls on both side of that fence!). Let's just say that there are some formidable competitors to the IPhone on the Android platform now, not least of which is the Google Nexus 6P or the HTC One (shown running Ladbrokes Mobile).
And tablets running on the Android platform are now more popular than iPads. Google's open mobile operating system has been an incredible success story. And the casinos have taken notice, with the likes of UK Casino Club offering mobile European Roulette Gold designed specifically for smaller screens (well, this particular variant works better on tablets).
Whether it's Samsung, LG, HTC or Sony that made your phone, the chances are that you'll be staring at a high quality, HD screen on a fast mini computer that is packed with power. And all this development hasn't gone unnoticed by online casinos who are falling over themselves to make sure that they provide excellent mobile casino games that fit well onto a smaller screen, giving players as close to the same experience (if not an improved experience) of gaming on their mobiles as they enjoy on their laptops and pcs.
Best Android Roulette Casinos
1 Ladbrokes | Review
Ladbrokes runs Playtech mobile games that work well on Android phones and tablets. Play browser based games on your mobile Chrome browser. £500 bonus.
4. Betfair | Review
We tend to find that the sports betting companies have great mobile products as betting on your mobile is so popular at matches. And often the mobile casinos are good too- definitely the case with Betfair.
5. bet365 mobile
See our note above for Betfair Roulette. bet365 is another case in point. Play roulette on yor mobile here, plus some great slots like Great Blue and Iron Man 2 and 3
6. 888 Mobile Casino
Play the mobile roulette games at 888 casino, and you'll get something a little different from the other Microgaming and Playtech sites we feature here, as they have their own proprietary software.
7. Casino.com | Review
Casino.com is a Playtech Roulette site that has been fully optimised for mobile Android devices, whether that's a phone like the HTC One, or a Samsung Galaxy tablet.
History of Android
You have to go back to Oct 2003 to rewind to the beginning of Android which was founded in Palo Alto, California (where else?) by Andy Rubin, Rich Miner Nick Sears and Chris White.
Originally, the software was developed for cameras, but the focus soon switched to mobiles as the market opportunity was so much bigger.
Google bough Android Inc. in August 2005 and Rubin, Miner, and White, continued to work for the company after the acquisition. Rubin and his team built a mobile device platform powered by Linux and Google and marketed the platform to handset makers as an adaptable system that could be customised to their needs.
Google started filing patent applications in 2007.
The first phone to run on Android was the HTC Dream which was launched at the end of 2008.
In 2010, Google launched its Nexus range- a catalyst for the platform's growth. HTC released the first Nexus smartphone,the Nexus One. Since then, there have been several iterations of the Nexus brand, each improving the customer experience (the Nexus 5 phone made by LG was highly successful as it had a very sharp price point).
Nexus 7 tablets made by Asus, also proved to be popular. Google uses the Nexus brand to showcase the capailities of its operating system and to give customers a "pure" unbundled Android experience without any hanset manufacturer add-ons (or bloatware).
The OS has gone through many iterations, each improving the power and functionality of the phones and in some cases leap frogging their competitor Apple. 1.5 Cupcake was followed by 1.6 Donut. KitKat was then launched until we arrived at the latest version of the OS, Android 5.0 "Lollipop" which is available primarily on the Nexus 5 and 6 phones.
Along the way, we've had Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwiches and Jelly Beans, and the platform continues to go from strength to strength thanks to the fact that it's open, supported by multiple manufacturers and becomes better and better with each software upgrade.
A true power tool in your pocket, and great for playing roulette on!