Technology and cricket haven’t always had the biggest love affair over the years. Whilst many crave that technological advancements be brought into the game, there is still a huge core of diehard cricket fanatics who want to see the game be played the same way is has been for hundreds of years now. Luckily, as many betting companies are trying out a huge array of technologies to aid in creating online betting apps for cricket and other sports.
One of the most popular developments in the past few years has without doubt come from that of mobile betting.
The advancements of smartphone technology means that we can do so much more with our mobile phones than ever before and as the majority of people have one on them throughout the day, then it’s come as little surprise to see that bookmakers start switching to more convenient ways of online cricket betting.
The link with cricket betting in India is possibly not an obvious one at first, but if you think about it, it works quite well.
The sport certainly isn’t the fastest paced game in the world. Compare it with the likes of football betting or horseracing and they are going to be worlds apart.
This more relaxed format allows bettors to use their mobiles to greater effect.
The speeds of a lot of betting apps aren’t hugely reliable, meaning they probably don’t quite function as well as a stable internet connection.
But the slower game rates allows for bettors to not have to worry about the load times and simply use the app as normal.
The majority of bookmakers these days all produce high end apps. In fact, if a bookmaker didn’t have a well-designed and functioning betting app we would seriously think twice about using it.
The amount of usage that the majority of bookmakers are starting to report would actually suggest that mobile betting will eventually take over that of traditional online betting.
Whether this bares true or not we will have to wait and see, but the early signs for how this is starting to progress are certainly promising for mobile bettors.
It was pretty common in the earlier days of mobile betting that a lot of bookmakers would provide a more condensed version of their bookmaker. This was pretty standard practice and to be honest, fair enough until it really started to take off. Unfortunately one of the sports that often got overlooked was that of cricket. It has a lot less of an appeal to bettors than say football or horse racing, so it was understandable to see.
In Australia, cricket mobile betting saw an increase of 123% in 2013
Since then, cricket betting has seen a massive advancement in the mobile betting sector. Well, it’s mainly because most bookmakers are now providing pretty much all the sports and markets that they offer on the online bookmaker to their mobile device. Still, as cricket starts to make its infiltration into the mobile betting industry we are starting to see a wide range of compatible bookmakers all offering up some really solid markets and cricket betting options.
It’s been interesting to see which bookmakers are trying to fully emerge themselves into the world of mobile betting.
You can often look through bookmakers to see how much coverage they are giving mobile betting by looking at the number of sports and markets that are on offer from the app. But we actually think the best way to decide if they are really pushing the feature is by the number of mobile specific promotions that are on offer.
While it’s pretty common practice for bookmakers to get you through their doors by offering some sort of promotion
deal, we are now starting to see an increase of mobile betting offers as well. This means that you get a separate offer if you register through their betting app, as opposed to their online bookmaker. It is always best to learn what are the most common promotions bookmakers offer and how to take full advantage of them.
One word of warning we will fire at this point is that not all of the betting promotions for mobile users are that lucrative. What we mean is that sometimes they offer promotions to register via their online bookmaker that are worth more than doing so via their mobile app. An example would be that you got a £40 free bet through their online site and only a £30 through their mobile app. Why they do this, we aren’t sure but we know that the majority of bookmakers will allow you to sign up online then sign in via their app, so you can get the bigger bonus.
The flip side to this is that the mobile promotion may well be more lucrative, so it’s worth keeping an eye out for both. Additionally it may combine an offer where you get so much money for betting online then you can also get another free bet when you first bet on your mobile device.
We’ve found a lot of bookmakers offering up these sorts of promotions that are mobile specific, so keep an eye out before signing up. Also, don’t be afraid to open accounts with multiple bookmakers if only to take advantage of these offers. As always, check the terms and conditions of the bonus to fully understand the offer.
There have been many teething issues when it comes to mobile betting, with none more so than the load times. This isn’t always the fault of the bookmaker, but a lot of the apps can be resource hungry meaning you need a fairly solid data connection to really get the most out of it.
If you are using any features such as live streaming then you are really going to have to be on a 3G connection at worst, if not Wi-Fi. A lot of your experience will depend on how up to date your mobile device is. As software continues to advance, mobile hardware has to keep pace.
That being said, it has improved quite a bit recently and the introduction of 4G connections has definitely helped. One thing that has also helped is the design of the apps. They are much cleaner than they were and the affiliation with HTML 5 design means that they load much quicker on less stable connections.
These days, the negatives are pretty low and apart from a few horrible designs out there, the majority of the bigger apps are actually really good.