A Review of the New-look 888sport Mobile App

After having made some pretty drastic changes to the full desktop site in recent months, 888sport have decided to follow suit and give their mobile betting site a fresh new look. In terms of its similarity to the main desktop version, the mobile sportsbook still retains the same user-friendly, intuitive style navigation, and the vast majority of sports markets and promotions have remained intact. The one main drawback that we experienced in our tests didn’t have anything to do with the functionality of the app itself – in the majority of the different testing categories, which include the quality of design, the range of payment methods as well as the variety of sports and betting markets, the operator actually performed extremely well. However regarding the availability of the native app across the different mobile platforms, we were pretty disappointed to see that the full 888sport mobile app is only available for download on Apple devices. This means that Android, Windows, and Blackberry users are unfortunately only able to access the browser-based version.

Important Details of the 888sport App
  • Why the 888sport App?
  • full sportsbook available
  • high-speed navigation
  • thousands of in-play markets
  • cash out feature available
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In our complete review, we break down each individual aspect of the 888sport mobile betting site and see how well it performs when compared with the other leading betting apps in the UK. For the full report on everything from the technical specifications to the quality of the live streams, keep scrolling down the page and see how well one of the most popular online bookmakers faired when put to the test.

The Mobile App in Detail8

Overview and Features

Overall, 888sport do a very good job of retaining pretty much all the main features of the main desktop site on the mobile site. Punters can expect to find a list of a-z sports that’s almost identical to the home page on the full desktop site, and that also comes complete with the same depth of coverage of leagues and tournaments, the same great range of payment options, and the same range of bonuses and promotions that appear under the “Promotions” tab on the desktop version. Another area where the app performs extremely well is in the live betting department. Punters can access all the same in-play fixtures, as well as the same number of live betting markets that find when you access the main website.

Probably the main reason why the operator has managed to so flawlessly replicate the desktop user experience is due to the consistency across the board regarding new layout. As previously mentioned, 888sport have recently made some changes to the desktop platform, which has in turn given both the home page and the in-play page a completely new design and arrangement. By applying this same design to the mobile app, not only does it look identical to the full desktop page (which also means that the same intuitive navigation remains intact), but the same depth of coverage of the sports markets has stayed largely the same.

Placing a Bet

Nowadays, most sports betting apps have been specially designed to allow for maximum ease of use and convenience. Many of the better ones have a special quick bet, or fast bet function that makes placing a bet a smooth and speedy process. Although the 888sport mobile app doesn’t come with a fast bet function as such, punters are still able place bets with a minimum of just four touches of screen. This is perfect for all those occasions when you need to cash in quickly on a particularly good live odds price offering in the in-play area.

A Step by Step Guide to Betting with the Mobile App
  • A-Z sports markets 1/5 Select Your SportChoose your favourite sport from the list of options.
  • Rugby markets overview 2/5 Choose the CompetitionSelect your desired league or competition.
  • Stake selection3/5 Pick the Market Click on the odds price next to the desired betting market.
  • Stake entry4/5 Lay Your Stake Type in the desired stake amount.
  • Bet placement 5/5 Confirm Your SelectionCheck the bet and the stake amount and click on the “Place Bets” button.

To place a bet, you need only follow the same steps as on the main desktop site. To select a betting market to add to your bet slip, simply touch on the odds price displayed alongside – for multiples bet combinations, simply touch on as many single betting markets as required. After you’ve made a selection, your bet slip will appear at the bottom of the page. You’ll then need to tap on the blank white box – at which point you’ll be directed to a separate window with a keypad – and key in the desired stake amount. After you’ve entered your stake amount and clicked “OK”, you’ll then be directed back to the main screen where you’ll be able to see your stake amount, along with the potential pay out. It is at this stage that you should take the opportunity to check your bet once more before you confirm your selection. Once you’re satisfied, click on the green “Place bet” button to finalise your bet.

Functionality and Live-streams

As stated earlier, the mobile sportsbook functions in pretty much the same way as the full desktop site. The full list of a-z sports markets can be accessed by clicking on the main toolbar located at the top left hand corner of the screen. From here you’ll be able to quickly navigate to the all of the most popular sports markets on the site, as well as to the all the live fixtures currently in-play. It is also here that you can select a particular sport from the menu and browse around to discover the full selection of outright betting markets, as well as the full range of competitions and leagues on offer.

In terms of the overall functionality, it’s important to note that the speed of your internet connection will affect the general performance of the app – obviously the faster the connection, the better the overall performance. However when using our standard connection, we found that the 888sport mobile app worked extremely well. The loading time when browsing between pages was always kept to a minimum, the odds updates were always fast to reload, and the information displayed on the new and improved live infographic was never more than a few of seconds behind the action.

Regarding live streams, we are rather sorry to say that 888sport do not at present support live streams on the mobile betting site. This is undoubtedly a special feature that a large number of our readers would like to see, and something that can ultimately make the difference between a top quality mobile app, and just a fairly good one. Most of the other operators in our review at least support streams of selected UK and Irish racing events. It’s only the more outstanding mobile apps such as Ladbrokes that carry a selection that’s similar to the full desktop live streaming service. However with no live streaming available on mobile or tablet, this is an area where we feel as though there is room for significant improvement.

Extra Added Functions

Unfortunately, there isn’t a special bonus available for the 888sport mobile app. All the regular promotions can however be accessed via mobile; you can find the full list on our 888sport bonus review page.

As far as the extra features go, the inclusion of the new and improved live infographic for a wide range of in-play fixtures is an extremely welcome addition. Players can also use the mobile sportsbook to access the VIP area, the different online gaming and casino platforms, and also the responsible gambling section.

Download and Minimum Requirements

The only real area where 888sport failed to impress us in the mobile section was regarding the previously mentioned lack of native app for any mobile provider other than Apple. When we consider that every other operator in our pick of the top 10 best betting sites are able to support fully downloadable apps for at least Apple and Android, we do feel as though 888 are lacking here. Even though users of Blackberry, Windows, and Android devices are able to access a web application version of the sportsbook, due to the reasons outlined on the main mobile page, they won’t quite get the same mobile betting experience as when using the fully downloadable, native app.

All Details about the App Downloads
OS Minimum Requirement Download Size Download From Direct Link
.iOS iOS 6 or higher 3 MB iTunes store Download
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To be able to use the mobile app on your Apple device, it needs to be downloaded directly from the official iTunes store. It will only work if you have the iOS 6.0 version or higher installed on your device. The app itself takes up a total of 3mb worth of memory, this is by no means a large amount, however you should ensure that you have enough free memory before you attempt the download.

Conclusion – Solid Mobile Betting

Despite dropping a couple of key points in few areas, it must be said that the 888sport mobile app performed pretty well overall. With regard to its similarity to the full desktop sportsbook, it’s almost identical in its general layout and design, as well as with the number of sports markets, betting options, bonuses and payment methods. In terms of its speed and general performance there were no glaring criticisms, and the same seamless, user-friendly navigation that we’ve been accustomed to on the desktop site has been well retained.

Strengths and Weaknesses of the 888sport App
  • Major Strengths
  • thousands of in-play markets
  • super-fast bet placement
  • Minor Strengths
  • none
  • Major Weaknesses
  • live streaming not supported
  • not supported on Android
  • Minor Weaknesses
  • none

The two main criticisms come in the live streaming and the compatibility department. As previously mentioned, the fact that the full native app is only compatible with apple devices is a little disappointing – especially when we look and see that operators such as William Hill support native app downloads for Android, Apple and Windows devices. Similarly, with the live streams, we would have ideally liked to see 888 offer punters a minimum of selected British and Irish racing streams, and at a stretch perhaps one or two different sports. The lack of live streams does leave room for a fair amount of improvement, although the selection of fixtures available for live betting every day is particularly impressive.

Q&A/FAQ

If our review of the 888Sport mobile betting experience has left you with any further questions, or you require more clarification, please send us an email at info@bestbettingsites.uk.

How can I make deposits using the mobile app?

To deposit via mobile, you need to first touch on the small icon shaped like a person at the top right hand side of the screen. Then select “My Account” from the list of options, then “Deposit”, and then follow the same steps like on the desktop version.