Google says “no” to sexy

Is it 2010? Because it feels like 2010. What with arbitrary app approvals, app purges, and moral responsibilities and such.

Just before the weekend, Google sent out a notice via email and G+ to inform developers of updates to the Google Play Developer Program Policies. The general theme of the update is a notable crack down on deceptive ads and practices. However, inching closer and closer to Apple-esque territory with each policy update, Google also revised its stance on adult content, stating:

Sexually Explicit Material: Apps that contain or promote pornography are prohibited; this includes sexually explicit or erotic content, icons, titles, or descriptions. Google has a zero-tolerance policy against child sexual abuse imagery. If we become aware of content with child sexual abuse imagery, we will report it to the appropriate authorities and delete the Google Accounts of those involved with the distribution.

…because apparently you can’t simply say “we don’t want porn” without following it with a hyperbolic association.

Seriously? That’s like saying Due to allergies, cats are not permitted in our house. Anyone caught skinning a 3 day old Bengal tiger cub alive will be reported to the authorities. 

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Developers have 15 days to comply with the new policy, else see their apps removed from Play. While we’re disheartened to see Google further villianize legal content and the adults who create and consume it, we appreciate their efforts to be clearer with developers as to the content allowed in their marketplace. At the end of the day, it’s Google’s app store and they can stock their shelves as they please. We just hope that Google chooses to enforce these new rules consistently, without awarding big brands preferential treatment over the same type of content. We’ve seen it happen before elsewhere, and it isn’t fair to put developers on such precarious ground.

Displaced by Google?

MiKandi was built on the belief that adults should be treated like adults. That means enabling them to download and purchase the legal content they desire on the devices they own. It also means providing developers a safe environment to share their adult applications with our 4.5 million customers worldwide. We may be a small app store, but we’re proud that we treat our developers and customers fairly and equally. Any developer affected by this update are encouraged to join the MiKandi Adult App Store. We look forward to working with any developer displaced by Google.

Related: Apple says no to “sexy” – our official POV

MiKandi featured on YourStory.com

MiKandi on YourStory.com

This week started off on a great note- a terrific article on MiKandi on YourStory.com,  India’s leading and most comprehensive online platform for startups and entrepreneurs. Obviously, we’re flattered with the article and the fact that the author noted MiKandi’s commitment to being a next-generation adult company.

Read the article on YourStory.com

We’re Hiring! Join the MiKandi Team

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Calling all Rockstar Devs

MiKandi is looking for ambitious people that are interested in a challenging position and who are eager to learn. If you shudder at the thought of adjusting the border radius on the same button for the next 9 months, email us. We promise a career that will be anything but boring.

As a small team, your role with us will be significant. You must be passionate about learning and coding, and willing to try on many hats. We’re obsessed with delivering great customer experiences and you should be, too. Fight for the user.

Due to the adult nature of our business, all applicants must be at least 18 years of age and/or over the age of majority in their jurisdiction. A professional and positive attitude a must! A penchant for blowing shit up a big plus.

Open Positions

POSITION: PHP SOFTWARE ENGINEER
LOCATION: DOWNTOWN SEATTLE
STATUS: FULL TIME
STARTS: IMMEDIATELY
COMPENSATION: DOE

Ideal candidate will be proficient in PHP and be familiar with HTML and CSS. Experience with data stores, including MySQL, Redis, etc. desired but not required. An independent person that is able to work well with minimal supervision.

Medical, dental, and transportation benefits provided.

Submit your resume

POSITION: ANDROID DEVELOPER
LOCATION: DOWNTOWN SEATTLE
STATUS: FULL TIME
STARTS: IMMEDIATELY
COMPENSATION: DOE

Ideal candidate will be proficient in Java (specifically Android) with a familiarity in restful APIs. Ideal candidate will also have experience with HTML5 and CSS. Experience with unit testing and other automated testing a plus, but we’ll teach you how to do it if you don’t already know.

Medical, dental, and transportation benefits provided.

Submit your resume

About MiKandi

MiKandi is a fast growing company that thrives on entrepreneurialism and creativity. We provide a cutting edge solution to developing, marketing, and managing mobile applications within the adult industry. MiKandi is based in Seattle, Washington, home of some of our favorite breweries. 

MiKandi’s Milestones in 2013

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We’ve been very busy bees this year at MiKandi, and as a result, 2013 proved to be a banner year for us. From our V4 makeover to Google Glass porn to the first third party Chrome Apps store, and everything in between, we’ve made a lot of moves to help move the adult industry and tech forward- and we’re just getting started.

Without further adieu, here’s a look at 2013 in review.

November – Awards, Awards, Awards

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MiKandi Nominated for Five XBIZ Awards

Industry news source XBIZ announced their nominees for the 2014 XBIZ Awards. Guess who made an appearance five times? Yours truly!

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October – Third Party Chrome Apps

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Introducing MiKandi Mint, the world’s first third party Chrome App Store

True to form, we’ve kept it 18+. But here’s a look at the first ever third party Chrome App Store.

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July – Google Glass Porn is Here!

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MiKandi Releases First Google Glass Porn

MiKandi collaborated with leading adult entertainment media organization, XBIZ, to release the first Google Glass porn. The video features porn superstar James Deen, and 2011 XBIZ Female Performer of the Year, Andy San Dimas, each donning a device to record the first-ever, two-way POV Glass porn.

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June – Google Glass Porn App Tits & Glass

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Introducing Tits & Glass, the world’s first Google Glass porn app

Tits & Glass enables Google Glass users to share racy content from their devices directly to other Glass users and online at TitsAndGlass.com, where they can browse, comment and vote on their favorite content.

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UPDATE: Google bans porn on Glass

Our Google Glass porn app Tits & Glass went limp when Google slyly updated their policy to prohibit porn on Glass.

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Google Glass porn bans gets Stephen Colbert’s attention

The news of Google banning our adult Glass app, Tits & Glass, caught the attention of Stephen Colbert, who had something to say to the Internet giant on this episode of The Colbert Report.

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Tits & Glass is back!

While pornographic material will not be allowed or accessible on the Tits & Glass app, you can share and access sexy POV content on our website. To get the party started, we’ve preloaded the app with Glass-safe images.

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May – MiKandi Gets Google Glass

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Google Glass Porn Coming to MiKandi

As attendees at 2012′s Google I/O conference, MiKandi was eligible to be among the first to explore Google Glass. And boy, did we explore.

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April – MiKandi Gets a Makeover

MiKandi V4MiKandi heats up Android with a redesigned adult app store and mobile porn theater

After months of hard work, we released a sizzling update to the MiKandi Adult App Store, Theater, and web portal. Redesigned from the ground up, the new and improved MiKandi boasts a complete interface overhaul, faster performance, broader device support, and showcases content from the world’s most popular adult brands - HustlerElegant AngelBrazzersPrivate and much more.

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February – Our Little App Store Grows Up

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MiKandi hits 3.8 Million Installs

In February, we announced that our world leading adult app store and mobile streaming subscription service for adult entertainment, reached 3.8 million device installs with over 1 million registered users. The fact that we grew to this size organically, without any advertising dollars, is especially inspiring for us. It goes to show what happens when you focus on offering great customer service and treating adults like adults. We’re thankful to all of our customers and fans who’ve supported us over the past three years.

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Hustler Joins MiKandi

The Hustler Boob Tube App turns your Android device into a porn remote control, making it extremely easy to enjoy Hustler porn on your connected TVs.

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MiKandi Nominated for Five XBIZ Awards

This week, industry news source XBIZ announced their nominees for the 2014 XBIZ Awards. Guess who made an appearance five times? Yours truly!

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2013 has been a milestone year for us at MiKandi- full of blood, sweat, tears, and other bodily fluids. This year, we hit 4 million installs of our app store with over  8,000 adults apps in our library. In April, MiKandi V4 launched with a complete design overhaul, faster delivery with SendFaster, and in-app feedback integration. A few months later, MiKandi made headlines when we announced we were developing an adult app for Google Glass. Two weeks later, Tits & Glass the world’s first adult Glassware was released to the public. Shortly after, we teamed up with XBIZ, Andy San Dimas, James Deen, and Vice.com to film the world’s first adult video shot with Google Glass. And just last month, we released MiKandi Mint List, the first third party Chrome App Store of any kind. But because we’re MiKandi, Mint List is 100% adults only, curating the very best of adult web.

Needless to say it’s been a very busy and exciting year. We’re honored and ecstatic to be recognized for our hard work and dedication to innovation in the adult industry. And to be included among such great company is the cherry on top. Thank you to XBIZ and our industry peers for nominating MiKandi in these categories:

Mobile Company of the Year

Innovative Web Product of the Year (Tits & Glass)

Innovative Web Product of the Year (MiKandi Mint List)

Progressive Web Company of the Year

Mobile Site of the Year

The XBIZ Awards coincides with the industry’s top trade events series of the year, XBIZ 360, which will take over the entire property of the W Hollywood Hotel Jan. 22-25 for an unprecedented lineup of events dedicated to exploring the future of digital adult entertainment, movie production, pleasure products and retail.

Related: MiKandi to Demonstrate Google Glass Porn at XBIZ 360

MiKandi Nominated for Best Adult Company at 2013 ME Awards

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Exciting news, everybody! We’ve been nominated for Best Adult Company at the 2013 Mobile Entertainment Awards. We’d like to extend a very special thank you to Mobile Entertainment for their recognition and support.

We’re honored to be nominated for Best Adult Company along side  outstanding adult companies like Cherry Media, Reporo, and BaDoink- all of whom are friends and colleagues of ours. Customers can enjoy the fantastic content from Cherry Media by unlocking the Cherrysauce TV, Pure Pornstars, and Nude Fight Club channels in MiKandi Theater. They can also get the official and infamous BaDoink video downloader in the MiKandi App Store. Reporo supplies our registered developers with an adult-focused mobile ad network, enabling devs to earn ad revenue in their free adult apps. We’ve been nominated for an ME Award twice before, so our fingers are crossed that the third time is the charm. ;) But regardless who wins, we’re thrilled to be nominated among in such great company.

This has been a milestone year for us at MiKandi. In April, we released a complete design overhaul to the app and integrated SendFaster TCP technology to deliver content up to 500% faster. In June, we made headlines when the company launched the first adult application for Google Glass, Tits & Glass. Shortly after, we teamed with adult performers James Deen and Andy San Dimas, and adult industry news source XBIZ to film the first adult video recorded with the innovative device.And most recently, we extended our mission of openness and innovation to Chrome by launching MiKandi Mint List, the world’s first third-party Chrome app store. The Mint List Chrome app store, while still in beta, promises to deliver the best of the adult web, curating HTML5 apps, themes, and extensions from premier adult brands around the world.

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MiKandi to Demonstrate Google Glass Porn at XBIZ 360

We’re teaming up with XBIZ, the leading industry news source, once again. This January, MiKandi’s Jesse Adams and Jennifer McEwen will  demonstrate Google Glass and discuss its potential impact on the future of adult entertainment. This past summer, we became Glass’s unofficial ambassador in the adult industry when we released the first adult Glass app, Tits & Glass, followed by a collaboration with XBIZ to debut the first-ever Google Glass porn video featuring adult film stars James Deen and Andy San Dimas.

We’re thrilled to share our experience and behind the scenes details of our Google Glass porn project. First, we’ll be going over the general process of building the Tits & Glass app for Google Glass, which will give attendees a good sense of the limitations and possibilities.

Then we’ll talk in detail about the first porn we shot with Glass, how it came together and the challenges we had. We’ll also share some of the overwhelming customer feedback we received from the video that will be super insightful for anyone looking to explore these high-tech devices. Lastly, we’ll touch upon where we see this heading in the future and what to expect next.

Comprised of a groundbreaking series of seven all-encompassing events, XBIZ 360° explores the future of digital media, adult film, pleasure products and retail.

The conferences will set the stage for the most elaborate XBIZ Awards show to date on Friday, Jan. 24, when it will return to the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, Calif., with adult film superstar Jenna Jameson as the master of ceremonies.

Free registration and discounts are available for a limited time for members of XBIZ.net, the industry’s leading social network.

See you there!

Introducing MiKandi Mint List, the world’s first third party Chrome app store

World’s First Third Party Chrome App Store

After months of hard, dedicated work, we’re pleased to announce MiKandi Mint List, the world’s first third party Chrome app store. Mint List is still in beta, but we promise to deliver the best of the adult web, curating HTML5 apps, themes, and extensions from premier adult brands around the world.

Our mission is to aggregate and deliver the best adult experiences online. While we’re fully committed to Android and the power of native apps, Mint List is our push into HTML5. The majority of our visitors, including many non-Android users, discover MiKandi from the Chrome browser. Unfortunately, the difficulties we had developing an alternative Chrome App store raise concerns about the openness of the HTML5 app ecosystem on Chrome.

Apple-esque Restrictions from Google

Although Mint List is a safe alternative Chrome web store for adults, we discovered restrictions after soft launching last Wednesday. Previously, we were able to write flags to the registry to enable installs. Google’s Chrome update last week significantly reduced the ability of third parties to deliver their own app. We were able to build a workaround solution but it appears that Google intends to tightly control the delivery of HTML5 apps on Chrome. In order to install apps outside of Google’s official Chrome Web Store, users must first download and run the Mint Installer, a simple application that enables installs of Chrome Apps from MiKandi Mint List at http://www.mikandi.com/mint.

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With Chrome, Google cites security issues and user protection as reasons to justify the restrictions in its latest update, but we sense a broader policy change. With these latest updates, Google has lost the balance between openness and security with Chrome. People love Android because it always strives for this balance. The Mint List App Store for Chrome is about extending that mission on the web.

Powerful HTML5 Chrome Apps

We knew we wanted to explore the Chrome space earlier this year when Google announced Sundar Pichai would replace Andy Rubin as head of Android. Today, Pichai oversees Android, Chrome, and Google Apps. For months, we saw signs that Google intended to converge their services, technologies, and device. This became all the more evident to us with Google Glass and Chromecast, both of which unify Android and Chrome through HTML5.

Chrome Apps have evolved from browser dependent to fully functional offline desktop applications. By utilizing the device’s hardware and new desktop-inspired user interface designs, Chrome Apps open up the previous limits of online-computing and allow for heavier applications. These apps take advantage of cloud computing by updating and syncing across devices online, and remaining available offline in some cases. Because they are built with web technologies, such as HTML5, Java, and CSS, Chrome Apps offer a lower barrier to entry to develop apps with near-native experiences.

Get on the Mint List

We’ll be uploading more adult Chrome apps, themes, and extensions in the upcoming weeks. Studios, performers, and developers interested in featuring their adult HTML5 apps, themes, and extensions on Mint List are encouraged to email us at mintlist@mikandi.com. The promotional video for Mint List is available on the company’s YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YaDDvOTN20).

 

Will Google Glass Change Porn?

Google Glass PornOur friends at XBIZ conducted a survey over the summer, asking folks in the adult industry if they felt Google Glass would be as amazing for porn as everyone else thinks it will be. As we expected, the results showed most were unsure about the future of porn with Glass. In some respects, we agree with them. It’s such a new and innovative device that it’s hard to tell if consumers will adopt it for their everyday lives, let alone for porn consumption and creation.

But here’s the thing- those who believe Google Glass porn is just hype are forgetting one crucial fact. Glass is a communications device. It is not simply a head mounted camera. If the intention is to just use it to film POV videos, frankly that would be a waste of everyone’s time. And to be honest, those who intend to use Glass in that manner alone are not likely to introduce amazing innovations in the adult industry, are they?

More than Porn

Do we think people will prefer to watch adult videos or browse adult sites on Google Glass? No.

But here’s what they will do. They’ll use it to get notifications that their favorite cam model is about to do a live show, and open their laptop. They’ll get pinged that a site they’re subscribed to just uploaded more videos that are tagged with their preferences and unlock their smartphone. Like non-adult use cases, adults will use it to share intimate photos and videos with each other. Models and performers will use it to stream personal videos to their fans. From the seemingly boring and mundane to the steamy and salacious, fans will tune in because it will be, by far, the most intimate and fascinating interaction they can get with their favorite performers.

More than Glass

Google Glass is a big step toward making technology fit more comfortably into our daily lives. Glass will evolve over time and we’ll undoubtedly see more wearable tech thanks to Google’s innovation.

XBIZ‘s senior technology editor, Stephen Yagielowicz, gets it when he says,

Google Glass does, however, remain a very intriguing technological milestone in the merging of man and machine, so it follows that any whiff of humanity will have a sexual counterpart, with this platform far from exempt.

Already there are smart watches with cameras and video recording that sync seamlessly to your phone and sticks that connect your phone or laptop to your TV. We’re beginning to see a convergence of all screens and devices. OF COURSE porn will change. If Google can get consumers to fall in love with Glass, Glass will be the first device to start the journey.

Related: MiKandi Releases First Ever Google Glass Porn

MiKandi Releases First Ever Google Glass Porn

When Glass was announced last year at Google i/O, the first thing that crossed everyone’s mind was Google Glass Porn. Sadly, last month, Google banned sexually explicit material on Glass at the same time we released the device’s first porn app, Tits & Glass. We’ve since revised the app to remain compliant with their new terms.

Then we realized something. While the tech giant has restricted sexually explicit material in Glass apps, or Glassware, there is no current restriction on the sort of content created with the innovative device. And when we picked up our device late May, they even encouraged us to let folks play with it in Demo mode. It just so happens the folks we know get naked a lot, soo….

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Well, self.getPornstar().install(self.getGlass()), we have. MiKandi has collaborated with leading adult entertainment media organization, XBIZ, to release the first Google Glass porn. The video features porn superstar James Deen, and 2011 XBIZ Female Performer of the Year, Andy San Dimas, each donning a device to record the first-ever, two-way POV Glass porn. What better way to put the device through the ultimate test than with two of the biggest stars in the adult entertainment industry, right?

Andy San Dimas and James DeenShooting the first porn video for Glass was exciting, yet challenging. We discovered technical limitations with the device that makes shooting POV videos in general, but porn in particular, cumbersome. Ms. San Dimas put it well when she pointed out that trying to get a sexy shot while looking sexy while having sex is not the easiest task. But what makes up for these challenges are the personal and intimate shots created by James and Andy. We found the best footage came when they were completely unscripted and just having fun.

In addition to the adult video is a censored comedy sketch. The sketch follows the performers as they uncover some pretty powerful hidden capabilities of Google Glass. The video ends with a cameo from none other than porn legend, Ron Jeremy.

with James Deen and Andy San DimasThe censored comedy sketch is available to view on MiKandi’s YouTube channel, http://youtube.com/mikandistore. The uncensored, 18-and-over version will available later today to view for free at http://mikandi.com/google-glass-porn.

Behind the Scenes of the First-Ever Google Glass Porn

About XBIZ: XBIZ is the adult industry’s leading publisher of business news and information, providing up-to-the-minute coverage of the industry at XBIZ.com and in three trade publications — XBIZ World for the digital media market, XBIZ Premiere for the retail market and XBIZ Sensuals for the intimate products market. In addition, XBIZ hosts five annual trade events including the industry’s top awards event of the year, the annual XBIZ Awards show. XBIZ is frequently cited in the media for coverage of the multi-billion dollar adult entertainment industry and has been published in CNN, Fox News, Newsweek, MSNBC, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, CNET, ABC, USA Today and Los Angeles Times among others.

Update: Link Love

First-Ever Google Glass Porn Released, Presented by MiKandi – XBIZ

I Watched James Deen Make the First-Ever Google Glass Porn – Vice

This Google Glass Porno Flick Foreshadows Your Future Sex Life – Fast Company

I Banged James Deen #ThroughGlass – Lady Bits