Prevent Images from Loading on Mobile Devices

One of the challenges with responsive design is to display the proper image size for a given element size. Historically, we used breakpoints to achieve this. Unfortunately, when used incorrectly, breakpoints result in downloading all of the images, thus making the page load slower for everyone. Ideally, we would have only the required images download and prevent download of any other images.

How to Prevent Images from Loading on Mobile Devices

Unfortunately, in most browsers, simply setting display: none on img tags does not prevent the image from downloading. To the contrary, the browser will aggressively pre-cache these images on the assumption that they will probably be displayed to the user. For the desired behavior, it’s necessary to set the image as the background-image on an element whose default visibility is set to display: none. Using media queries, it is then possible to selectively display just one of these options at each pixel range.

Important: Make sure that each media range query has a specific range. That is, if it doesn’t have a min-width, then there should be no smaller queries. Similarly, with no max-width, there should be no larger queries.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
    <title>{title} - Responsive Test</title>
    <style>
        .video-box-image {
            display: none;
        }
        .video-box {
            width: 45%;
            float: left;
            padding-right: 5px;
        }
        @media all and (max-width: 650px) {
            .video-box-image-320x200px {
                width: 320px;
                height: 200px;
                display: block;
            }
        }
        @media all and (min-width: 651px) and (max-width: 1750px) {
            .video-box-image-480x300px {
                width: 480px;
                height: 300px;
                display: block;
            }
        }
        @media all and (min-width: 1751px) {
            .video-box-image-800x450px {
                width: 800px;
                height: 450px;
                display: block;
            }
        }
    </style>
</head>
<body>
    <h1>Videos</h1>
    <div id="video-wrapper">
        {for:videos:$count}
        <div class="video-box" id="video-box-{id}">
            <div class="video-box-image video-box-image-800x450px"></div>
            <div class="video-box-image video-box-image-480x300px"></div>
            <div class="video-box-image video-box-image-320x200px"></div>
            <h2>{title}</h2>
        </div>
        {rof:videos}
    </div>
</body>
</html>

 

5 Cool Flat UI Examples

Over the last 12 months, we’ve noticed more and more designers make use of the increasingly popular Flat UI design trend.  So long to high gloss candy icons. Hello to simple and sophisticated flat and long shadow assets.

What is Flat UI?

The Flat UI design style is pretty succinct. It incorporates the use of shapes with no or minimal shadowing (long shadow). Flat UI tosses aside strokes, gradients, gloss, and brushes. The result is a spacious, sophisticated design that is less distracting, allowing you to focus on the content over the design.

Microsoft Metro UI

Microsoft Metro UI

Surprisingly, out of the tech giants it was Microsoft that kicked off this trend with their Metro UI. Google followed suit with an update to Google Play. Finally, Apple joined the party by giving iOS a major design overhaul with its latest update. While not completely flat, iOS 7 clearly takes cues from simpler designs from competitors.

iOS 7

iOS 7

5 Cool Flat UI Examples from Dribble

If you’re digging Flat UI and are looking to update your site or app, check our Dribbble. Dribbble is a fantastic source for design inspiration. Here are some examples to get your creative juices flowing.

1. clyp – iPhone Sidebar

clyp - iPhone Sidebar

2. Augmented Tourist

Augmented_Tourist_Real_Pixels

3. Dashboard Widgets

realpixels

4. Login Screen

real-pixels

5. Long Shadow Icons

jamy-icons-dribble_1x

Google Debuts Chrome Apps

Just yesterday, we briefly touched on the trend towards convergence of devices, screens, and services. There have been hints from Google indicating that they were setting the stage to do just that for months. Today, Google gave us another big hint by launching Chrome Apps, native/web hybrid apps available for Chrome OS and Windows.

These packaged apps are web apps with access to some native hardware features. But they aren’t entirely new. Consumers have been able to get web apps, extensions, and themes from the Chrome Web Store for some time now, but the apps ran inside the browser. The difference now is that the new Chrome Apps take the experience out of the browser and onto the desktop. The apps function and behave near-native but are written with web technologies, like HTML5, Javascript, and CSS.

Here’s what you can do with the new Chrome Apps.
From Google Chrome Blog

  • Work offline: Keep working or playing, even when you don’t have an internet connection.
  • More app, less Chrome: No tabs, buttons or text boxes mean you can get into the app without being distracted by the rest of the web.
  • Connect to the cloud: Access and save the documents, photos and videos on your hard drive as well as on Google Drive and other web services.
  • Stay up-to-speed: With desktop notifications, you can get reminders, updates and even take action, right from the notification center.
  • Play nice with your connected devices: Interact with your USB, Bluetooth and other devices connected to your desktop, including digital cameras.
  • Keep updated automatically: Apps update silently, so you always get all the latest features and security fixes (unless permissions change).
  • Pick up where you left off: Chrome syncs your apps to any desktop device you sign in to, so you can keep working.
  • Sleep easier: Chrome apps take advantage of Chrome’s built-in security features such as Sandboxing. They also auto-update to make sure you have all the latest security fixes. No extra software (or worrying) required.
  • Launch apps directly from your desktop: To make it quicker and easier to get to your favorite apps, we’re also introducing the Chrome App Launcher for Windows, which will appear when you install your first new Chrome App. It lives in your taskbar and launches your apps into their own windows, outside of Chrome, just like your desktop apps. Have lots of apps? Navigate to your favorite apps using the search box.

It’s not hard to see why developers are excited. Chrome Apps lower the barrier to entry by promising near-native experiences with free and standardized web technologies. But if you’re thinking of going mobile with this, slow down, tiger. Chrome Apps are not yet available for mobile, nor is it available for OSX or Linux. The company says it will launch on the latter two soon.

Promote your adult apps in MiKandi

It’s been almost 4 years since MiKandi launched to the world the first app store for adults. Since then, we’ve grown to over 4 million users with over 8,00 adult apps, serving nearly every country on the planet. That’s a lot of apps for a lot of people.

Naturally, developers want and need tools to help their apps standout. Well, we’re here to help you get your quality adult app in front of our customers. Here’s how.

Direct Inward Link

Each app you publish in MiKandi has its own direct inward link. When your app is published, we’ll send you an email with your app’s link. It will look a little something like this: https://mikandi.com/app/7937

If a visitor has MiKandi installed, this link will send them to your app’s screen in the MiKandi app store.

If a visitor doesn’t have MiKandi installed, it will prompt them to install MiKandi, then will take them to your app’s screen in MiKandi.

If a visitor isn’t on an Android, it will direct them to your app’s page on mikandi.com, where they can share the page on Twitter and Reddit.

These links are perfect for your website, blog, Tumblr, and Twitter. Be wary of Facebook as it’s the least adult-friendly social network. For an example of a developer who utilizes their direct inward links, check out @ChaturbateApps on Twitter.

Featured Apps

Every Monday, we update our Featured Apps list. Everyday, we search our adult app store for trending apps, popular apps, and fantastic new apps to put on our list. But some apps may fly under our radar. If you have a great app that you feel will resonate with our customers, send us an emailtweet, or leave us a post on our Facebook page. We’d love to take it out for a spin.

App of the Week

app of the week example

Past App of the Week

Our second weekly campaign is our App of the Week. Every Friday, we send a notification to our customers of the week’s great deal. Generally, we ask developers to offer their app at a discount during their weekly run. If your app meets our requirements for featuring, and  you’d like it to be considered for App of the Week, shoot us an email.

Adult App Reviews

adult app review

Adult App Review

On top of our Featured List and App of the Week, we regularly review apps on our Tumblr blog. We use Tumblr to communicate with our customers, while using this blog to communicate with our developers and press. Are you on Tumblr? Follow us and we’ll follow back! We’d be happy to let our customers know where to find their favorite adult app developers.

How to get featured

How do we determine what apps we want to promote? Below is a brief guideline of what we look for. If you feel your app is a good match, we want to hear about it.

1. Go native

MiKandi customers come here looking for adult mobile apps, not mobile sites. So we want to promote native adult-themed applications. However, you can build some pretty cool apps on HTML5, so we’re more than happy to consider an HTML5 based app. What we won’t consider is a mobile site wrapped in an APK that just directs users to a paysite.

2. Be Different

Think outside the content viewer box. True, a lot of apps we promote are video or photo viewers, but what really gets our attention is something a little different. Like Taint Wrangler and the Pyramid of Poon, Bang with Friends, iXtagram, Schoolgirl Run, or Strip Girl Crossing Cups.

3. Use our tools

MiKandi is building a community of adults enjoying a unique experience around adult mobile communication. There is no other market quite like it and your participation in the community only makes it stronger. The more you use the tools we provide (direct inward linking, MiKandi Gold, in-app billing API, Reporo adult ads, content packages), the stronger you make our family.

Got a media kit?

A media kit makes it that much easier to help us promote your app. If you’ve got a video, more screenshots, some press releases, and quotes, please forward it to us.  While you’re at it, add us to your media contact list and let us know whenever you release a new feature, release more apps, or have some big news. Got contracted to develop an app for a hot adult studio? Dude! We want to know!

What we’d love to see in your media kit

  • A safe-for-You-Tube video
  • Press release
  • Screenshots- both NSFW and SFW
  • Safe-for-Facebook images in 403×403 pixels and 843×403 pixels

Not a MiKandi Developer?

MiKandi is the app store that treats adults as adults, and we see ourselves as your partner. That’s why we’re continuously building tools to help you distribute and market the adult apps that your customers want. Can’t find a payment processor that will let you sell adult content? We built that. Want to send customers directly to your app in an app market? We built that. Want to up-sell content with in-app billing? We built that too.

Join our family at developer.mikandi.com today. We look forward to seeing your adult apps in our app store!

 

 

 

Create a free website for your adult apps

It’s an unfortunate truth that many devs, while fantastic programmers, find their visual design muscle a little weak. It’s all good- we all have our strengths and weaknesses. Lucky for those of us that are design challenged, there are plenty of resources for you to create a kick as website for your customers to learn more about you, your apps, and possibly even hire you for their app development needs.

Tumblr.com

mikandi.tumblr.com

mikandi.tumblr.com

Although there are plenty of free website options for your adult apps, we love Tumblr the most. Tumblr makes it super easy to set up and share your content in their ecosystem. Plus, there are tons of free and premium themes you can use that are visually striking. You can find anything from magazine themes, to minimal, to portfolios. The very best part about Tumblr? It’s adult-friendly.

Above is a screenshot of our new Tumblr blog. (Why do we have a Tumblr blog? Read this.)

Here are some free and premium stunning Tumblr themes that you can use for your free adult website.

Why you need a website for your adult apps

Aside from MiKandi requiring you supply your website when you upload an app, there are other reasons why you should put up a site for your adult apps.

Instill confidence in your customers

Customers are wary of downloading porn. We don’t blame them. Years of shady practices from adult sites has totally destroyed customers’ trust in porn companies. At MiKandi, we’re dedicated to setting ourselves apart and being a Next Generation adult company. We do that by being transparent, personable, and accessible. You can, and should, do the same.

Your website should introduce you to your customers. You should make it easy for them to contact you via email, Twitter, and Facebook if you have a fan page. Consider having a blog where you post your updates to your apps in MiKandi, frequently asked questions, and where customers can leave feedback.

Who are you more likely to trust?

no website

no website

webite

website

That’s not to say the first developer isn’t trustworthy (that’s why I blurred out their information). But as a customer, I’d feel more comfortable giving my business to DoMeFaster.com. Upon visiting their site,  I discover they have Twitter and YouTube accounts that they’re active on. Clearly, this is a developer who actively promotes and supports his or her app. In fact, you should really buy it now- it’s a great app.

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Marketing

Your website can showcase your portfolio of apps available in MiKandi. With our Direct Inward Links, you can drive traffic directly to your app in the MiKandi Adult App Store. We’ve even created banners for you.

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How else can you get the world out? Use Twitter! These MiKandi developers do a fantastic job promoting their apps on Twitter, to name a few.

@DoMeFaster

@AdultAppSource

@BlackDisney315

@Amateous

Freelance work

You’ll have more luck getting freelance work if you post your portfolio online. We are consistently asked to recommend developers for app development projects. We happily refer folks to developers in our community. But if you don’t have a site, it’s a lot harder for us to refer you. I mean, we know your work is good because we’ve downloaded your apps, but that doesn’t mean a potential employer wants to go through the trouble of downloading your porn apps if you won’t go through the trouble of creating a portfolio.

So what are you waiting for?

It’s easy, fast, and FREE to get a website up for your adult app business today. If you have any questions, we’re happy to help! Comment below or shoot us an email at developer{at}mikandi{dot}com.

Promote your apps with Direct Inward Links

A couple of years ago, we introduced our Direct Inward Link API which enables you to send traffic directly to your apps in the MiKandi Adult App Store. Since then, many of you have put your direct links to great use in your marketing campaigns on your websites, ads, and on Twitter.

With the launch of the New MiKandi, we decided to revisit our Direct Inward Links. The result? Your links are now concise and easier to share.

Here is an example of an old link:

http://link.mikandi.com/app?app_id=6984&referrer=20

And here’s the new one:

http://mikandi.com/app/6984

The old links still work just fine, but we recommend switching over to the new link structure for brevity’s sake. And guess what? You can also share your app via tweet right from our website.

Tweet this app!

When you use your Direct Inward Links your visitors will have the following experiences:

  • Android visitors who are currently MiKandi users will be sent directly to the app’s detail page in the MiKandi Adult App Store.
  • Android visitors who are not MiKandi users will be prompted to download and install the MiKandi Adult App Store. Once installation is complete, the MiKandi Adult App Store will open and take the user directly to your app’s detail page.
  • Non-Android visitors will be directed to the app’s detail page on our brand spanking new responsive website.

We highly recommend setting consumer expectations when using these links so that they don’t get concerned that you’re making them download something that is unsafe. Let them know that the link will take them to your adult app in the MiKandi Adult App Store. We’ve also created some badges for you to share on your websites. Feel free to right+click save away.

V4badgedark V4badgelight

If you have trouble finding your Direct Inward Links, shoot us an email at develop{at}mikandi{dot}com and we’ll be happy to help you out.

Google Play enforces anti-adult policies, drives developers away

It’s long been known that “there’s a porn store on Android” and “folks who want porn can buy an Android phone.” (Steve Jobs) While that still rings true when it comes to porn apps, it appears we need to make an amendment.

Folks who want porn can buy an Android phone and download MiKandi, the porn store on Android.

Google Play: “We love boobies…. SYKE!”

Since the transition from Android Market to Google Play, Google has beefed up its policy around adult material, and has begun to drive developers of adult apps out of their market. Last week, the market banned the app Reddit is Fun for violating its content policy. Read more on Pulp Tech at ZDNet. We’ve reached out to the developer to ask him to share the app in MiKandi, where we will hug it and pet it and squeeze it and name it George, but we haven’t heard back. Andrew Shu, if you’re reading this- we want you!

While we’re sad to see Google Play follow Apple’s path, we understand why a mainstream market would want to keep adult material out. You don’t want a market that appeals to kids and adults. At least Google gives adults the option to get the apps they want by downloading them from third party sources (e.g. MiKandi, the world’s first and largest adult app market.)

[VIDEO] See our response video to Nixie Pixel – Do iPhone users get the shaft?

Focus is good

Joining the world’s first and largest adult app market has its perks. Developers in MiKandi report higher relevant downloads and installs in our market because our audience is specifically looking for adult apps.

In the past week, we’ve received many requests from developer driven out of Google Play to join our market. And we take them with open arms. It may be the other markets’ “moral responsibility” to keep porn off phones, but at MiKandi, it’s our responsibility to treat adults like adults.

If you’re a developer that has been affected by Google’s decision to purge Google Play of adult material, contact us today at developer@mikandi.com.

Adult friendly ads for your porn apps

Dude, where are my ads?

Earlier this year when Mystic Game Development launched the uncensored version of their controversial app iBoobs in MiKandi, they shared something very interesting with us- although Google allowed them to keep their free app in the Android Market, Admob stopped serving ads to the application. Any developer will tell you that ad support is vital if you intend to distribute free apps. By blocking iBoobs Uncensored and cutting ads to the ad supported free version of iBoobs, Google has essentially cut all revenue streams for the app in the official Android Market. Not cool.

Many developers express their concerns to us over the use of mobile ad-networks in their adult applications. Unclear guidelines of acceptable content makes developers worry about suddenly losing their ad support. So where is an adult app developer to turn? It’s important to MiKandi that our registered developers have all the tools they need for success. So we’ve been working hard to find our developers the very best adult friendly ad network. We’re happy to say we’ve found a solution for you.

Announcing MiKandi’s partnership with Reporo

Reporo is one of the world’s fastest growing mobile ad networks and is exclusively focusedon the adult sector. More than 300 advertisers buy CPC campaigns via local language territory managers inLatin America, US, Japan, Europe and SE Asia, and these mobile adult campaigns are targeted in over 40countries. And now they’re available to MiKandi developers!

MiKandi developers can join the largest adult mobile ad network by logging into developer.mikandi.com. (Not a MiKandi developer? Register your free account today.) After registering with the Reporo system from within the developer dashboard, download the Reporo ad serving SDK. Developers can monitor earnings, impression volumes, CTRs and CPMs within the MiKandi developerdashboard. Developers retain 60% of all revenue generated by their applications. “Reporo serves almost 7bn ads per month for our web and app publishers and the number keeps on growing. Their revenues areincreasing month on month,” shares Reporo’s Global Publishing Manager, Ben Keirle. “This partnership allows a mutually beneficial opportunity to deliver higher revenues for all.”

Helping developers make money

Developers rely on three models of monetizing applications- pay per download, in-app purchases, and free,ad-supported applications. Prior to MiKandi, developers of adult applications were shut out of all threemodels. In November of 2010, when MiKandi launched its virtual currency, dubbed MiKandi Gold,developers finally had the power to sell their adult apps for the first time. Shortly after, MiKandi releasedits in-app billing API, which allows developers to up-sell additional content within applications. MiKandi’spartnership with Reporo rounds out the third component of monetization, bringing an adult-focused adnetwork into the fold.

“It became clear to us that we needed a solution for our developers that delivered relevantads to their adult apps with transparent guidelines,” explains MiKandi president Jesse Adams. “We foundthat Reporo’s flexible system integration and innovative approach to delivering adult ads offers exactlywhat MiKandi and our developers need.”

 

MiKandi partners with Cherry Media to offer content solution for app developers

Hey there App Stars! Have you got a great start on an adult application but are missing one major piece to the puzzle- legal content? We’ve got more good news for you. Cherry Media S.L., the industry leader for mobile erotic entertainment and MiKandi, the world’s first App market for adults, today launched a highly targeted and unique content service for MiKandi’s App Developer network.

Copyright, shmopyright. Right? Wrong.

When you register a MiKandi Developer account and publish applications, you agree to adhere to US laws and regulations. Among other things, you also confirm that you either own the material you share or you have been granted permission from the copyright owner to distribute the material. If a copyright owner finds their material in your app and determines that they have not granted you permission or a license, they can send us a DMCA Take Down notice to remove your application immediately. Get enough DMCA Take Down notices against your account, and we have to delete your account. Like, legally have to.

Furthermore, your content must be U.S.C. 2257 compliant and by uploading, you confirm that it is. If it’s not, you can be in deep doo-doo with the United States Government. If you’re pulling content off the web without the copyright owner’s permission, you’re running the risk of 1.) piracy, 2.) distributing content that is not legal in the United States.

Save yourself the headache. Get legal content from legitimate sources.

Utilizing Cherry Media’s award-winning and extensive portfolio of consumer focused content and concepts and their extensive global database of glamour, erotic and adult producers, the unique partnership offers a range of content services to effectively accommodate every type of adult App business model.

The content services cover everything from cost-effective content packs for simple gallery type applications through to conceptually based app content creation and right up to fully bespoke production facilities covering a range of leading industry producers globally and top name stars.

Says Julia Dimambro, MD & Founder of Cherry Media

Obviously we have been actively supporting and promoting MiKandi since their launch at the end of 2009 – especially in light of the Apple Store bikini app removal in February 2010. We always expected that we would work together as the App market developed, given our market positions. However, this new service really answers the current demand in the market place. The ‘band wagon’ run to develop and launch apps has highlighted the need for a more strategic and conceptual approach to erotic app development, especially as many developers are working to fixed budgets and monetisation is still challenging.

Tim Adams, Head of Developer Relations at MiKandi, adds:

We have an extensive network of developers, many of whom have fantastic concepts and ideas for applications, but are not necessarily able to realise those ideas due to content logistical issues. Cherry Media can offer not only various content solutions, but can also help developers actively optimise their app concepts utilising Cherry’s 8 years targeted experience of global mobile adult consumer trends.

Learn more by logging into your developer account at developer.mikandi.com. Not a MiKandi Developer? Register today- it’s free!

Or visit www.cherrysauce.com/mikandi to see the goods. You can also email mikandi@cherrysauce.com for more information on content options and pricing models to best suit your app objectives and budget. Revenue share, fixed-fee and buyout models available depending on app strategy.

 

Cinemax brings softcore porn to Apple App Store

In a clear break of Apple’s strict no-porn policy, Cinemax’s app Max Go has been approved by the App Store. Among other channels, the app includes softcore porn programming, Max After Dark. The app clearly informs users that it includes “frequent/intense sexual content or nudity.” Additionally, only 17+ users will be allowed to download it from the App Store and parental controls are available in the app. In other words, its not hiding anything from Apple.

Apple’s app approval process has long been known to be arbitrary and inconsistent. But we thought that with last year’s purge of racy applications, Apple sent a very strong message to adult companies and developers – adult apps are not allowed in the Apple App Store. The news was disappointing to many, at least Apple was finally giving us a clear answer.

Last year, Apple CEO Steve Jobs revealed that it was the company’s “moral responsibility” to keep the porn off their phones. Around the same time, he took a little jab at us and our beloved Android when he said the following:

You know, there’s a porn store for Android. You can download nothing but porn. You can download porn, your kids can download porn. That’s a place we don’t want to go – so we’re not going to go there.

And then there is Apple’s no-porn policy:

Apps containing pornographic material, defined by Webster’s Dictionary as ‘explicit descriptions or displays of sexual organs or activities intended to stimulate erotic rather than aesthetic or emotional feelings,’ will be rejected.

So what gives?

Although no indication has been given as to why Cinemax was given the green light, one can’t help but wonder if the programming giant has been given preferential treatment. It wouldn’t be the first time. After the Great Purge of 2010, which included the ban of bikini apps, many were baffled to see Playboy, Victoria’s Secret, and Sport Illustrated Sports Edition available. Yet, even Playboy couldn’t slip some extra skin in their application. As a result, the gentlemen’s magazine developed a HTML5 web app.

At MiKandi, our stance continues to be that the mobile phone belongs to the consumer who owns it and that they should be able to download and purchase the applications that they desire. We may be a small app store market, but we’re proud that we treat our developers and customers fairly and equally.

Get MiKandi today!

If you’re an adult and you’re tired of being told what you can and cannot have on your device, get yourself an Android and download MiKandi. MiKandi is the world’s first and largest adult app market.

You can download MiKandi onto your Android 1.6+ device in three simple steps:

  1. Change your device’s settings to allow installations from third parties. To do this, go to Menu> Settings> Applications and tap Unknown Sources. (AT&T customer? There are some things you should know first.)
  2. Go to m.mikandi.com on your mobile browser. Tap the blue Download Now button.
  3. Once the download is complete, you’ll be prompted to install. Review the permissions, tap Install, and voila! Our bevy of the world’s best adult apps at your fingertips.

Are you a developer?

If you’re a developer and you’re tired of unclear and arbitrary content restrictions, join the MiKandi family today. Register your free developer account at developer.mikandi.com.