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Over the last twenty-odd years, the mobile app industry has grown exponentially. Experts estimate there are now more apps in the world than people. Although horse betting apps only account for a few thousand of those, there is still a lot to choose from.
As with all apps, some horse racing betting apps are good, most are average and some should be avoided at all costs. We are going to explore the world of apps from a technical perspective, as well as delving into the different aspects that define the best betting app for horse racing from an individual perspective.
In this guide to finding the best horse betting app, Australia, we will discuss:
We have to begin this section by saying that if you have invested in a mobile device running on Blackberry or Windows OS, you have a tough task on your hands finding suitable apps in general, never mind a more specific one like ‘best horse betting app Australia’.
The situation is completely reversed for Android and iOS devices, where you could search for ‘best mobile betting app Australia’ and be rewarded with several hundred results.
Most of the world has become wise to the fact that you need either iOS or Android to get the best from any type of app, so for the purposes of this guide, we will refer mostly to those operating systems.
A fact that you may not be aware of is that apps come in two different types: native apps and mobile web apps, which function differently. By reading the descriptions below, you will start to see which type makes the best betting app for horse racing, or simply best fits your needs.
The term ‘native’ means that an app is device-specific and has been developed/coded to integrate seamlessly with the operating system. For the benefit of those interested in this subject, horse racing betting apps for iPhones are coded in one of two languages, either Objective-C or Swift. Whereas an Android sports betting app developer would program in a version of Java.
Because a native app is installed on your device, it will respond to the same commands you are used to, such as swiping or tapping. It can also gain access to certain device hardware to enhance your experience and provide added security. Native apps offer enhanced performance whilst in use and can also be accessed offline, thanks to locally stored data.
Web apps fundamentally allow you to view a website via an Internet browser. Although we all know that it is easy to access any website from your phone or tablet, the real issue is whether (or not) it has been optimised for mobile-specific use. We must emphasise that whilst this may seem irrelevant, it is a particularly important point, please read on…
A standard web page viewed via your mobile device could be described as ‘mobile-friendly’, despite the fact that you need to work hard to actually view the content – not ideal for horse betting apps. The term ‘mobile-optimised’ provides easier viewing, as the website will automatically reconfigure to your device, which is better.
Lastly, we have the ‘mobile-responsive’ type of web app, which has the ability to ‘read’ certain features of your device and react accordingly, making your view as close to perfect as you’re likely to get on a small screen and certainly adequate for the majority of punters.
All mobile web apps are built using standard website coding, namely HTML and CSS, so the important thing is to ensure that standard website protocols are employed i.e. https:// and not simply http://.
You are probably already aware that the majority of mobile apps come in two different flavours: Apple’s iOS or Android and it is highly unusual for a bookie to offer one without the other. However, some horse racing betting apps are available with a specific download for tablet use and you might be wondering why.
The non-technical answer is that it’s Apple’s way of keeping the iOS operating system unique; so unique in fact that iPads and iPhones are programmed differently, with their own app ‘libraries’. You can run an iPhone app on an iPad, but not the other way around – your best bet is to find the best iPhone betting apps, safe in the knowledge they will work on any Apple mobile device.
Android has opted for a much simpler approach, so whilst all Samsung devices use the Android operating system, it is also widely-used by other phone manufacturers. The best horse betting apps, Australia, that are developed for the Android OS are also coded to adapt intelligently for use on different size screens, making it so much easier to track down horse racing betting apps you can use on all of your devices.
If you run a Google (or any other) search for ‘horse racing betting apps’ you are almost certain to encounter some standalone apps. By that, we mean apps that are not associated with an operator’s website.
Although it is not always the case, these apps can be dangerous. Some contain malware designed to infiltrate your operating system, which is bad enough. However, others are even more sinister, set up as scams to catch out unwary punters by offering what seem like ridiculously good odds compared to other horse betting apps or bookmakers.
Even in the best case scenario, these apps are usually unreliable, with little or no security in place. We cannot stress strongly enough that you should only download apps that are obtained from a trusted source, preferably a well-licensed bookmaker.
Now you have learned about different types of apps and read a brief summary about how various apps function, in the next part of this guide we are going to discuss the features that the best betting app for horse racing needs, versus what you might actually want from it.
This is the point where we start to get down to the nuts and bolts. First, you need to know which OS your phone or tablet uses then check the app requirements to make sure that your device is suitable.
It is also worth noting that although some apps will install on devices with an inadequate (older) OS, you are not going to get the same level of functionality. It also goes without saying that you will need a reliable Wi-Fi or network signal to use it successfully.
There was a time when the high cost of developing an app meant that operators needed to offset their investment by charging clients to download them. That was a bit of a ‘Catch 22’ situation, fewer clients using the apps because of the cost, leaving the operator out of pocket. However, now that the world virtually lives on mobile devices, most are free of charge and certainly not lacking in detail or functionality.
The only exception is for professional bettors, who often opt for leasing a bespoke platform which has mobile access. However, the cost of doing so would not be money well spent for the average punter.
Bearing in mind that you are viewing everything on a small screen, a well laid out interface is a must. It is highly frustrating to have to scroll, tap and swipe multiple times just to place a quick wager.
You will undoubtedly want to check form, see a particular jockey’s record or view a trainer’s success rate. Being able to access plenty of information without having it all cluttering up your screen is ideal.
Other services you are going to need to access frequently include your account details and payments. The best betting app for horse racing we have seen can be set up to enable one-click account funding, without leaving your betting ticket.
Much of what we have covered up to this point has been about horse betting apps in fairly general terms. But are there any apps catering specifically for the Australian horse racing market? Well, the good news is that there are several we think will fit the bill.
It has to be said that a lot of the horse betting apps we have looked at do include Australian racing, but it is hidden away amongst racing coverage from the rest of the world. Worse still, some sportsbook apps made us search hard to find the horse racing section at all.
However, our experts have managed to put together a shortlist of what they consider to be the ideal horse racing betting apps for Australia and the next section of this guide will give you a brief lowdown on each of them.
We have found three horse racing betting apps that place emphasis specifically on race meetings held in Australia and New Zealand, together with selected odds from racetracks around the world.
Neds is a relatively new online bookmaker, launched in 2016 by a former Ladbokes’ CEO.
This operator has apps for all Android devices running 4.4 and up and iOS running 11 or over.
We have put this app at the top of our list because Neds genuinely does put horse racing first and also prioritises Australian racing, which your app will always show first. This is closely followed by horse racing from the rest of the world, then greyhound races, harness racing and finally a selection of other Aussie sports.
BetEasy has been around since 2005, although it has operated under other names as well.
An iOS app is currently available for version 9.0 or over, but Android users must use a mobile-optimised website version, as the Android app has yet to be released.
There are two reasons that BetEasy has made it onto our shortlist. Firstly it concentrates entirely on the Australian racing market, offering a huge range of bets and fantastic odds. Secondly, every Australian horse race is available via live stream, thanks to the operator’s association with Sky Racing.
Unibet Australia is very well known to Australian punters, having been in business since 1999. Unibet’s apps are available for Android 6.0 and up, or for iOS 13.0 or over.
There are two reasons why Unibet didn’t do better in our top three app choices. First, the minimum device requirements for both apps are very high, making them unsuitable for a huge amount of potential punters with older devices. Second, whilst this operator offers horse racing coverage from 12 different countries, it does not prioritise horse racing over all of the other sports.
Once you have downloaded your brand new horse racing betting app Android or otherwise, now is the time to explore all of the features you can access and how to get to them quickly. Some apps can also be customised to filter your racing or betting preferences so that they appear first.
A horse betting app with the availability of filtering notifications is also a big plus. The last thing you need is to have your screen obliterated by a non-urgent notification at a critical betting moment. It’s usually a good idea to only receive those related to your filters, or switch it off altogether if it’s really intrusive.
It is also a bonus if your app makes it easy to contact customer support from your current view. If you see a problem, it is better to have it in front of you than having to go to a support page and then try and find where you were.
Lastly, if your operator offers live streaming via your betting app, it is always worth trying it out to make sure that it works well with your device and plays without lagging. Nobody wants to miss an important race because their app (or device) does not function properly.
Gone are the days when using a mobile device meant squinting and scrolling to see unsuitable website content, or settling for ‘second best’ in terms of functionality and features. Modern mobile apps are as usable, if not more so, than their standard website counterparts.
In fairness, most online bookmakers have invested heavily in the development of their horse betting apps, recognising the importance to their clients of betting on the move.
Sports betting, including horse racing is legal in Australia, although most other forms of gambling are not. It is irrelevant whether you are using a website platform or a mobile app to place bets, but for your own online safety there are some things you need to know. Please read our guide to using horse racing betting apps in Australia at GamblingGuy.com AU.
When you download your horse betting app Android, iPhone or otherwise you have to adhere to their terms and conditions. Huawei operates on a different system. To discover if you can download to Huwaei phones – our guide to horse betting apps will tell you how and you can read it here at GamblingGuy.com AU.
Unfortunately it isn’t possible to tell you exactly why horse racing betting apps on iPhones might not be working, but the most likely reason your app doesn’t work is because your iPhone model is not compatible with the app you have chosen. Our guide explains more about iOS apps and may give you an answer; you will find it here at GamblingGuy.com AU..
As Android and iOS are the most popular mobile operating systems in the world, there is nothing to choose between them in terms of functionality for betting apps. What is more important, is finding an app to suit you. Check out our enlightening guide here at GamblingGuy.com AU.
Not necessarily, all horse racing apps have their pros and cons; there are also some that you need to avoid. We have published an in-depth guide covering these topics and much more besides; feel free to take a look here at GamblingGuy.com US.
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