Are you considering signing up with an online casino to play bingo? If so, do you have a smartphone that you intend to use to access your gambling account?
The mobile era arrived in 2017. Statistics quoted by statista.com demonstrate that the number of smartphone users is increasing in the world. 2016 numbers show that there were 2.5 billion smartphone users across the globe; ergo, more mobile device users than desktop users. 2019 figures report an increase of smartphones of 7 million users adding up to a total of 3.2 billion users. 2020 numbers show that there will as many as 3.5 billion smartphone users in the world, and 2021 statistics show that these numbers will increase to 3.8 billion smartphone users.
Screen Size: The raison d’etre for mobile-specific sites or mobile apps
Therefore, these numbers demonstrate that it is imperative for all online bingo website companies to add the group of smartphone users, as a separate entity, to their individual target audience groupings.
Surely, the best new bingo sites can be successfully viewed on any device, including a laptop or desktop computer, smartphone, and tablet?
The answer to this question is no, it is not possible to successfully view an online gambling site on any device. You can look at the website but will battle to see anything more than a small part of the website at any given moment. In order to view everything on the website page, you’ll have to scroll across the website from left to right and from top to bottom.
The simplest reason for this is that a traditional website size is 1200px, and a typical smartphone size screen is 340px. A laptop or desktop monitor screen orientation is landscape or square as in the older monitors, and the smartphone screen orientation is a portrait, where the length is wider the width.
Therefore, it is essential to design a responsive website that automatically resizes itself to fit onto any size screen. The other option is to develop a native mobile app that can be downloaded and installed on the user’s smartphone.
Both of these suggestions have merit.
The benefits of signing up with an online bingo site that is mobile-friendly
Thus, let’s consider some of the more important benefits of signing up with an online casino that is mobile-friendly.
One of the most important advantages of using a smartphone to play virtual bingo is that you can access your gambling account from anywhere and at any time. All you need to do is to ensure that you have an Internet connection.
As an aside, it is essential to note that it is not a good idea to access any accounts that have your personal details, banking details, or have any money in the account like your bankroll, from a public Internet or WIFI connection without using encryption software. This software, such as a Virtual Private Network, is essential to hide your login details from hackers using sniffer software looking for unprotected connections. Additionally, a legitimate online bingo site will have its own encryption software to protect all their client details from being hacked.
Mobile apps are faster
Native apps developed for the smartphone’s ecosystem are typically 1.5 times faster than a website, even a mobile site. There are several reasons for this:
- The app is downloaded and installed on the smartphone.
- Therefore, data is stored on the device.
- And, only the necessary data is retrieved from the website using special calls that are designed to ask for the specific data that the app needs at that specific moment.
Juxtapositionally, the website downloads everything onto the mobile phone through the web browser. And nothing is stored on the phone. When the web browser is closed, the session ends, and the download cycle starts from the beginning again the next time you access the bingo website via the phone’s web browser.
Users prefer seeing highly tailored content that is determined by their account settings, resulting in a personalized, immersive experience.
You might sign up with an online casino site that offers many different types of games, such as slots, bingo, sports betting, poker, roulette, and backgammon. However, you may wish to only play bingo.
Navigating your way around a website that offers all these different games can be slightly frustrating, especially if you only wish to play one game. This is where a mobile app has the advantage. You can change the app’s settings to only install the different bingo games on offer. And, the online casino will only send you bingo-related promos and bonuses. This will clear a lot of the clutter off a small smartphone screen and enhance your playing experience.
Limited offline access
One of the biggest differences between a mobile app and a website is that the mobile app has offline functionality, while you have to be online to open a website, even a mobile site.
The caveat with online bingo mobile apps is that most of the data is received via online access. You won’t be able to access information like your latest bankroll balance, but you will presumably be able to access static information, such as how-to guides, FAQs, and other relevant info. You might even be able to play simple games that do not rely on live dealers, such as the basic bingo games. It depends on how the games are structured, and to what extent they need online access to retrieve information.
As an aside, social bingo apps can be played offline, but the gambling variants where you use your bankroll to buy bingo cards will need an Internet connection to play.
These benefits of using a smartphone to access your online bingo account are just four of the most important advantages to mobile gaming. There are several more secondary reasons; however, they are not relevant to this discussion. If this argument can be summed up in one sentence, it would be to say that the most important reason for using your smartphone to access your online gaming account is the ability to play bingo anywhere and at any time.