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Once upon a time, gambling on your watch was the preserve of sci-fi writers imagining a Las Vegas of the future.

However, just as mobile gambling has exploded in just a few years, so a new generation of touch-screen devices is here.

Smartwatches let you play games and access the web on a screen no bigger than a postage stamp. The new range of "wearable tech" could well see smartphones consigned to the tech dustbin in a few years' time. For now, smartwatches are designed as "companion devices" which sync up with your smartphone.

So, how are slots developers catching up with this latest trend, and how can you make the most out of smartwatch slots?

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Smartwatch Slots

Pluses:

  • Super-convenient gambling on the move
  • Slots supported across multiple watches
  • Use your smartwatch in land-based casinos

Minuses:

  • Not many slots available in 2015
  • Limited battery life for smartwatches
  • No progressive jackpots on current slots

Playing Slots On Smartwatches

Despite the technology being fairly new, the range of smartwatches is pretty impressive. Some models, like the Pebble, work with BOTH Android and iOS, making them perfect for all sorts of apps.

Most models come with heart rate monitors - perfect if you're worried about your health while spinning for a multi-million pound progressive jackpot.

Android Smartwatches

  • Samsung Galaxy Gear S2
  • Pebble
  • Asus ZenWatch
  • LG G Watch
  • Sony Smart Watch 3
  • Moto 360

iOS Smartwatches

  • Apple Watch
  • Pebble

As with all Apple devices, the Apple Watch is pricey but supports thousands of apps and comes with solid watchOS 2 software. Something like the Pebble has a longer battery life.

Just as with a smartphone, gambling slots sites can be accessed via your smartwatch web browser. The few slots that have been produced (Microgaming were quick out of the blocks with an adaptation of Thunderstruck) are played by tapping the screen to spin the reels. The 1.4" touch-screen, however, does make tapping buttons tricky.

Game Selection

Microgaming made waves in 2015 with the release of their classic Norse-themed slot for smartwatches. Thunderstruck has been adapted with the tiny screen in mind. The betting and other settings are changed by touching the screen. Depositing and withdrawing real money is all done on your mobile phone separately.

Think of smartwatch slots, then, as a convenient 'secondary' device which is 'connected' to your Android or Apple phone.

Thunderstruck has been designed with the same paylines and symbols as seen in the regular mobile and online version. Another Microgaming classic - The Dark Knight Rises - has also been adapted for the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2.

Smartwatch Advantages and Disadvantages

As we have seen with Thunderstruck, it's important that your Android phone can handle the Android 'Wear' operating system. But having the wearable device sync to your regular phone is just one of the issues.

How easy is it really to gamble on slots on a tiny touch-screen? How can you ensure you're betting the right amounts and making the right options? The jury is still out on wearable tech, and whether it will truly be good enough to handle casino games.

However, if the mobile gambling boom is anything to go by, we'll all be hitting progressive jackpots on our watches in 10 years. It will be interesting to see how mobile software companies adapt classic slots to fit the tiny screen. Will we start seeing 1 or 2-reel slots that forego bonus rounds and go for more basic gameplay?

One word of warning if you want to play slots on your Android Wear, Pebble or Apple Watch device: your battery life will fall away in no time if you use it to play games on.

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