“From the beginning of August 2017,” Daniels said, “Google will accept applications for the distribution of gambling apps within the Play store in the UK, France and the Republic of Ireland. At a later date, this policy change may be expanded to new regions and countries.”
App developers will be required to submit all documentation that shows they are licensed in the jurisdictions where they wish to offer the gambling app. This would imply an internet poker room like, say, partypoker, could submit an application, but couldn’t make its app available in the Google Play store for people in the United States.
Gambling apps are currently available on the Android platform — most poker rooms, for example, have one by now — but they’re not readily available to download in the Google Play store. To install these apps on their mobile devices, individuals must “sideload” them, that is, download them from the provider’s site directly and install them manually. It is typically a simple process, which starts with navigating to the device’s settings and selecting the “Security” option. Once there, the toggle switch for “Unknown sources – Allow installation of apps from unknown sources” ought to be turned on.
The above sounds scary, but all it means is that you can install an app you download from anywhere, not just the Google Play store. Certainly, an individual ought to know about where the app comes from and trust the source, but generally, this isn’t a problem if you don’t routinely go to shady websites and download things willy-nilly.