Mobile gaming is on the scene and most definitely here to stay. This style of gaming has grown huge. According to recent statistics, in 2021 there are approximately 2.2 billion active mobile gamers worldwide.
Ease of play and the convenience of being able to engage in gaming on devices wherever the player is has helped the market to explode. Almost everywhere you look, you’ll see someone tapping away on their device. If they’re not messaging someone on social media, there’s a good chance they’re gaming.
A competitive market
The existence of such a massive market — 49.29 billion gaming apps are downloaded worldwide — means any company operating in it faces some seriously stiff competition. It all started with a snake on the Nokias, then Apple raised the bar by bringing out the iPhone and marketing the device as not just a communication device, but also one for leisure.
From there, mobiles have become more and more viable as gaming devices. Some of the latest devices have the technological muscle to operate even the most demanding games.
The mobile gaming market has become so competitive that some phones have been designed completely with gaming in mind. These phones have features such as 16 GB RAM, high amounts of memory, active-matrix organic light-emitting diodes (AMOLED) displays, which activate pixels faster, and advanced haptic feedback.
Looking at some of the most popular gaming apps
Of course, gaming apps are highly popular, and some games have experienced an almost overwhelming popularity. Below are some of the most popular games you can download on apps:
“Candy Crush Saga” is a Tetris-like puzzle game that involves swapping round blocks of different colors until you have three in the row of the same color. The game first came out in 2012 on Facebook but has become available on most operating systems and browsers. Between January and September 2020, the original game in this series generated 473 million dollars of revenue in the US.
It’s hard to forget Pokémon GO. This game, which involves going around seeking virtual creatures (Pokémon’s) that you can locate, train, capture and battle really took off. The game used the mobile GPS to help the creatures appear as if they were in the player’s real-world location.
Casino apps are also immensely popular, in general. Casinos follow trends in technology very closely and tailor their services to the requirements of players, so it’s only natural the operators in the space create apps. One of the most popular mobile casino games are online slots, with many slots’ providers creating mobile compatible apps to play their range of themed slots games on. The game “Rainbow Riches” is a classic slot game, offered by many slot providers on their mobile apps. The game offers features such as the Wishing Well and the Road to Riches, both of which provide the player with the possibility of winning up to 500 times their original stake.
Two of the biggest players on the mobile gaming stage
When it comes to the world of mobile, Apple and Google, with the Android operating system for devices, are two giants in the industry. Competition between them is fierce when it comes to gaming, and they’ll often try to enhance their technology in the battle for gamers.
Mobile game makers are aware of this competition, too. They know that if they want their games to make it in this leisure space, they must work with mobile providers and make games compatible with iOS and Android.
In early autumn of 2021, Apple released the iPhone 13, offering the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Max as well as the standard thirteenth version of its phones.
Depending on the model chosen, the owner of the phone has up to a monstrous 1 TB of capacity at their disposal, which will allow gamers to store a lot more apps on their phones. The tech giant has also made major improvements to the battery life, which will allow gaming to go on for much longer before the player has to think about recharging their phone.
Then there’s the 5G support for iPhone, which is growing, and iPhone 13 users will be able to use their phones in more locations, as Apple has added more 5G bands to the hardware. Competitive gameplay in multiplayer games will increase.
Last but not least when it comes to important features for gaming is the display, which benefits from an A15 Bionic, a faster GPU performance, and an always on-touch coprocessor. The compatibility of the phone with iOS 15 makes gameplay feel faster.
Google Pixel 6
The Google Pixel 6, which runs on Android, of course, has received rave reviews for its performance. Google has sought to challenge their rivals Apple on the battery life front and has given the phone all-day battery life. Even at full brightness and streaming HD over Wi-Fi on the phone, the phone will last you nearly all day before it calls for another charge. Perfect for those long gaming sessions!
The phone is highly connective and, being 5G compatible, has good download speeds. Games also load quickly on the phone, and you’ll hardly experience any framing skipping at all. For serious gameplaying, however, you might prefer to upgrade for the Pixel 6 Pro, which offers extra ram to support all that action.
Mobile gaming is massive and has led to a titanic struggle between Apple and Google, who both produce devices on which mobile games can operate. Will there ever be a winner? Who knows, but tech fans will benefit as the war between the two giants sees mobile gaming gets better and better on their devices.