The first smartphone was invented in 1992 and went on sale in 1994. Created by IBM, a renowned American multinational technology and consulting company, the Simon Personal Communicator (SPC) was a true revolution at the time, combining the functions of a mobile phone and a PDA, also known as an electronic pocket diary. It was released at a price of $ 899 ($ 1,435 in today’s dollars). A very high price considering that at that time mobile phones were sometimes given away to attract customers and, in any case, they rarely sold for more than $ 500. In total, about 50,000 units of the first smartphone in history were sold, according to Bloomberg. However, it was withdrawn from the market the year after its launch.
The Simon Personal Communicator was way ahead of its time. The smartphone featured a monochrome LCD touchscreen that could be drawn on with a pointer, as well as the ability to send and receive emails and faxes. In addition to calls, the device had a set of built- in functions that included an event calendar, an address book, a calendar, a world clock, and a way to schedule appointments . It was even capable of running third-party applications, as long as enough space was freed from its 1MB internal memory. Very advanced features that are still present in today’s smartphones.
Almost 30 years after the launch of the first smartphone in history, smartphones have become the epicenter of our daily lives . According to the Digital 2020 report , prepared by We Are Social (a creative agency specialized in social media) and Hootsuite (a social media management platform), in Spain there are more than 54 million mobile lines, 94% of which are smartphones. Smartphones have completely revolutionized the world as they allow consumers to enjoy an easier life. People use smartphones to surf the internet, make calls, send emails, schedule routines, or make payments. All this in a quick and easy way that saves time.
Smartphones have become the entertainment device of choice for consumers today. Today, most people use smartphones to watch movies, series, videos, listen to music or enjoy online games.. There is no doubt that these devices have had a massive influence on the gaming industry in recent years, as mobile games have seen a meteoric rise in popularity, although it has also had a great impact on the world of gambling. and online casinos. Gaming operators have realized the possibilities offered by smartphones, and have developed applications for these devices, for both Android and iOS users, to offer a gaming experience adapted to current times.
Today, mobile applications and smartphones are a critical part of the overall gaming experience at any online casino. Gaming operators not only have to have an app optimized for smartphones, but quality is also a determining factor for fans of gambling. Players want to take their device out of their pocket and enjoy game modes such as slot machines, blackjack or roulette on the go. Gamers are looking for a quality gaming experience on all devices. For this reason, casino game developers, such as Microgaming, NetEnt, Pragmatic Play or Evolution Gaming, make sure that the gaming experience on smartphones is of the best quality and users can play on any device they want.
Accessibility has been the main reason that smartphones have taken over the gaming industry in recent years. Smartphones have changed consumer gambling habits , mainly because they allow you to play game modes such as roulette, slot machines or blackjack anywhere, as long as you have an internet connection. Gaming fans can play casino games in the bathroom, in line waiting for the bus, in public transport or at home. In this way, it is not surprising that the number of players is increasing rapidly every day.
Smartphones are the future of online casinos
Almost half of the planet’s inhabitants, around 3,600 million people, do not have access to the internet, as warned at the end of 2019 by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) , the specialized telecommunications agency of the United Nations Organization ( UN). In this way, almost half of the world still does not have a smartphone and therefore does not have the possibility to enjoy online casinos. A figure that is decreasing every year, so the number of smartphone owners will increase in the coming years . Online gaming platforms, which are aware that smartphones are here to stay, will benefit from this increase with the arrival of new users.
The gaming industry and technology have always gone hand in hand. Today, all the trends in consumer habits and gaming platforms point towards the need for smartphone casino games. Online casinos have done an excellent job of adapting modalities such as online roulette , blackjack or slot machines to smartphones, improving the graphics and navigation so that iOS and Android users can enjoy a unique gaming experience. Despite this, there is still a long way to go, and casino game developers will continue to improve the mobile experience to meet future gaming needs.. To do this, they will have the help of new technologies, such as 5G, AR (augmented reality) and VR (virtual reality).