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Microsoft is actually a great Android developer - 'To-Do' is another reason why!

It may seem suprising to some, but Microsoft is actually a fantastic Android developer. In fact, I'd go as far to saythat their app offerings for Android are far superior to than their offerings for the Windows App store. For starters the full suite of Microsoft Office apps are great, as is one drive and one note, and the Arrow App Launcher is actually one of the best custom android skins available (seriously - check it out!).

To round this out, over the last few days Microsoft has released 'To-Do' which as you've guessed it - is a to-do list. It really could not be simpler - the app allows the creation of lists and then as part of each list allows tasks and items to be added.

The design is simple and clean, and a nice move away from the boxy interface design that still dominates some of the earlier Windows apps for android. It's fast, lightweight, cloud based (of course) and has a widget - so there is not much more you could ask for!

Of course there is lots of co…

The Mobile Revolution and Online Poker Sites

Poker on the internet has seen a mini boom with the shift in prominence of mobile users on the web. For many, this shift came fast. In fact, there was a 394% increase in Smartphone usage from December 2010 through to December 2014. On May 05th 2015 Google announced that more Google searches were taking place on mobile devices than on computers in 10 countries including giants such as Japan and the US. They also reiterated that expectation levels amongst mobile users was higher than ever. It was no surprise that Google investment in mobile was a focus, driven by high consumer expectations for 'immediacy and relevance in the moment'.
The online poker industry took a massive hit in the US with alleged crimes of the major offshore operators in 2011, known as Black Friday. This led to a US Federal criminal case (United States v. Scheinberg) against the founders of the three largest online poker companies, PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Cereus (which consisted of Absolute Poker and UltimateBet). The result was a raft of changes across the industry that ultimately resulted in more secure and regulated environment.
Five years on, the trend surge with mobile users led poker sites to develop mobile friendly platforms to support the growing number of mobile users. Those that didn't ride the shift trend were left taking on water whilst those that accommodated consumer needs have added to their appeal - some considerably. This certainly recovered some traffic lost in the wake of Black Friday which saw a dramatic loss of traffic, sites closed and  the loss of players in the US.
How is the traffic split between Android and IOS and how have poker rooms accommodated each subset of users?
Nearly all of the top ranked poker sites have developed apps that are compatible with iPhone and Android handsets users - largely as they make up the biggest subsets of users. Until recently, Android users were the biggest population of mobile users with over 50% of the market, followed by iPhone users who accounted for just over 35% of the total.
Poker Sites offering the Best Android & IOS Apps
There are some great apps in the market. The big players have invested in appealing, functional apps that keep players playing on the go. With supporting data such as that provided by Ofcom ( the UK independent regulator for the communications industry) showed that over 60% of adults in the UK owned a Smartphone and nearly 30% of households owned at least one tablet computer - creating the right app was seen as crucial to business success. Most of the big hitters have delivered great apps for all their consumers mobile needs.
The best apps in the market have been created by the big brands of PokerStars, Party Poker, 888Poker, bet365 Poker, TitanBet Poker, William Hill Poker and Sky Poker. You can find details of these sites and more at who review the best online poker sites.
Getting started is straight forward and risk free. You can download apps for free and try the app out for free, taking advantage of the free tables that are on offer. With a 'try before you buy' policy across every major site, you have every chance of finding the app best suited to your poker needs.

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