Google might continue its war on adult materials with the June 2013 removal of all gambling and porn related apps from Google Glass, but as usual since the demand was there, someone was bound to provide the Android users with a convenient solution. In this particular case, the cavalry came in the form of unofficial app markets such as Getjar, which follow the same policy that Google Play employed prior to 2012 and list most of the gambling apps available in the industry these days. Furthermore, the lack of real money poker clients on the Android Market doesn’t mean that other poker-related apps are impossible to get – in fact, all the popular play money poker clients, training apps and calculators are still listed there. What’s more, plenty of high-profile poker sites have already moved to take advantage of this fact – for example, PokerStars released a free play social poker app which doesn’t allow its users to place any real money bets and focuses on building an extensive community instead. Nevertheless, it would be rather foolish to think that such products don’t increase the awareness of the game while simultaneously attracting new customers to the company’s more serious offerings.
All things considered, the open source nature of the Android platform makes it a perfect choice for poker enthusiasts, as censoring or banning game related content simply does not seem to be feasible at this point in time – even for government entities or companies as big as Google. Consequently, whereas Apple users are often forced to resort to inferior browser-based software, Android device owners have no reason to worry about the shortage of top notch mobile poker apps in the foreseeable future.