If you’re into gaming which mobile operating system is best?

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If one of the key requirements for you in your choice of phone is so that you can play games on it, take a look at this comparison between android, iOS and Windows to help you decide which platform is best for you.

Availability

Each platform will show exactly what it has to offer in its games catalogue. That’s Google Play for Android, the App Store for iOS and the Windows Phone Store for Windows Phone. Of course, each one has a large quantity of games available for the casual gamer but which is best? If you look at either Google Play or the App Store, choice isn’t really going to be an issue, with around one million apps in either catalogue and about 25% of those apps are games.

But it’s not all about quantity. What you need to look at next is the most popular downloads and see what kind of ratings they get. Most games reviewed on iOS and Windows Phone usually reach a 4.5 star rating, and on Android many of the top games are ranked with 4 stars.

Exclusivity

Many games are available on all three platforms. For example, with the real money gaming sites like Winner, 888casino and Gala casino it’s in their best interest to ensure that their all their games are available in all three platforms from the start. For instance, Winner Bingo made their games available across all devices from the start.

There are some games, though, that are exclusive to a particular platform and the App Store wins out when it comes to exclusivity. Apple often structures its deals so that it gets an exclusive time period on a new game before it becomes available on Android. Cut the Rope 2 is a recent example, where it was available on the App Store months before you could get it on Android. So, if it’s important for you to get the newest games first, iOS may be the best choice for you.

Windows Phone has a few exclusive games but these tend to be adaptations of Xbox games such as Halo: Spartan Assault or Kinectimals rather than games that have been designed exclusively to be played on the phone.

Freebies

Everyone likes to get something for nothing and this is Android’s strong point when it comes to gaming apps. You can get lots of free games on Android that you have to pay for on iOS. Examples include Pou, Cut the Rope and some of the Angry Birds games. Windows Phones will also make their users pay for games that are free on Android.

All three stores have similar pricing structures for the pay-for games and usually match their competition when it comes to upgrades, help or virtual currencies. However, Android stands out from the others in that it does have very obvious promotions, where you can get discounted apps – in fact there’s a whole section of Google Play that is dedicated to discounts.

Obviously the criteria around whether you choose Android, iOS or Windows will be varied, but if you’re a fan of exclusives and range of choice then iOS would seem to be the natural choice. However, if you prefer to have those games for free, then stick with Android. Windows Phone seems to lag behind both the other options if your primary focus is gaming.

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