Posted 1/19/11 : ew real-money app will be operational before March this year
The new Microgaming mobile poker product is sure to attract attention at the ICEi expo next week following the Isle of Man gambling software company's announcement that the offering will be available for real money play in the first quarter of 2011.
Microgaming's latest mobile poker product is compatible with Android v2.2 devices, including the HTC Desire Smartphone and Samsung Galaxy tablet. Android overtook Apple last year in sales of smart phone operating systems in the US, and the trend is anticipated to be replicated in Europe, according to the independent business research organisation Gartner.
Lydia Melton, head of poker at Microgaming, says: “For years now, industry experts have speculated on the mobile market’s possibilities for gaming, and every year has proven disappointing in terms of customer uptake and variety of software, particularly for poker; that is about to change. The technology is ready, the software is ready, and we believe the players are ready as well.”
Microgaming’s mobile poker offering will join the download, 3D and Flash poker platforms, each of which is available to Microgaming operators. The mobile poker is modelled upon the Flash platform, Fast Track, which was designed for beginner players and features a streamlined table selection process.
The company announced earlier this year that it is to release casino games on Android v2.2