Android app lets suspicious spouses listen to calls. RUDE!

An Android app Trojan found in Chinese app stores is getting all sorts of press this week. The application is said to have the capability to record and store phone conversations entirely without the phone owner’s knowledge. The data is sent to a remote server where a third party can access it at a fee.

But is this really a Trojan? One must intentionally install the device, the permissions must be accepted, and according to eWeek, after it’s installed “the owner can easily tell by looking at the screen that the call is being recorded.” It sounds more like a case of a suspicious spouse to us. In that case, we recommend the owner install Loky PLUS stat. (Keep your private life private with Loky PLUS.)

Whether or not this particular app is malicious, Android owners should take extra care to protect their devices from malware.  You can’t get to 48% market share without attracting a few crackers. Quite surprisingly though, when it comes to device security, Android owners are not very good at protecting themselves. From MoBlog:

Retrevo survey found four in 10 (39%) of Android users haven’t done anything to prevent someone from misusing data on their cell phone if it were lost or stolen. That compares to 30% of BlackBerry owners and 26% of iPhone owners. Further, only 32% of Android owners think their cell phones can get malware, while 27% aren’t sure.

Practice Safe Downloading

Unlike Apple and Blackberry devices, owners of Android devices have more power when deciding what goes on their phone. So, how can your protect your device from malicious apps? One thing to note is that in order to install any Android app, malicious or not, you must accept the app’s permissions. Pay attention to what the app is asking access to and ask questions if you have them. For example, a wallpaper application should not need access to your contact list.

App Download Best Practices

Below is a list we complied back in December 2009 of precautions you should take before downloading anything (mobile or web).  Please take the time to review it as it can be the difference between a working Android and a cracked one.

  1. Put on your sleuth cap. Research the developer of the application before downloading. Applications in the MiKandi marketplace are not created by MiKandi.Developers use our marketplace to connect with you, the end user.  So before you hop into bed with an app, get some details on the Developer.  A Developer’s contact information can be found in the app description.  If it’s not, just give us a shout at info@mikandi.com and we’ll send you the info.
  2. Read the fine print. Always read the legal information and privacy policy the Developer provides and review what information they want to collect.  In order to install an app, you will be notified of security permissions the app is requesting access to.  Be wary of apps that request more access than necessary.  Be cautious about sharing your personal information, and click Cancel if you are not comfortable with granting access.  In the end, it’s best to refer to the first guideline and email the Developer with any questions.
  3. Be cautious who you share your location with. Some apps allow you to share your location with the Developer, friends, or public at large.  Refer to Guideline #2 and find out why the app you want needs that information.  There are many fun apps out there that require access to your location.
  4. Listen to the tribe. MiKandi’s review process is driven by the community, as opposed to imposing our own review process. We leave the feedback to our community of users.  Take note of what other end-users are saying about the app you want.
  5. Report abuse. Obviously, illegal content is NOT tolerated on MiKandi.  If you discover an app with illegal content, please report the app in question at developer@mikandi.com
  6. NEW- Install a mobile security app. Lookout provides trusted protection against phishing, malware, and spyware. You can download the app free on MyLookOut.com or in the Android Market.

Developers are more than happy to answer any questions you may have regarding their application.

Developers who stock apps on MiKandi are subject to the MiKandi Terms of Use.  All apps are subject to MiKandi’s Privacy Policy.

How to buy MiKandi Gold

What, why haven’t you bought your Gold yet?

As thousands of you have discovered, MiKandi Gold is an easy way to purchase the hottest apps for your Android device. Our Gold is a safe and secure payment method that guarantees that adults can get what they want on their phone.

For those of you who haven’t purchased Gold yet or are having trouble figuring out how to buy the gold, here’s a simple 4 step process:

  1. Open your MiKandi app and make sure you’re logged in (you’ve got to be a registered user if you’re going to buy apps)
  2. On the bottom navigation bar, click on the icon with the gold, lock and keys
  3. Select the amount of gold you’d like and click Buy Now.
  4. A secure web page for our billing provider, Zombaio, will open up and present you with a secure input screen for your credit card details. Once you click “complete this transaction” the page will close and your MiKandi account will now reflect the amount of gold you just purchased.

That’s it! Make sure that you’re inputting all of the correct information into the input boxes and not missing a field – everything is required. Sometimes our awesome fans are so eager to get Gold in their account they miss a field or two – don’t let that be you!

If you should run into any issues along the way, however, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Just email us and write “MiKandi Gold problem” in the subject line, we’ll get right back to you.

 

I’m a little nervous about paying for Gold…

We get it – some of you are a little wary of opening up your wallet  and sharing your credit card information with an adult app store. Maybe you’ve gotten burned in the past or you just don’t know what’s going to show up on your credit card bill. Let us put your minds at ease. Here are some important things to know about purchasing MiKandi Gold:

  1. This billing process is very secure and safe. Our billing partner, Zombaio, is a leading billing provider for our industry and utilizes SSL to make sure that you can conduct your transaction in the most secure manner possible. Your security is our top priority.
  2. Your credit card bill will show a non-descript business, along with the date and time of the transaction. Your privacy is very important to us and the billing line item will NOT mention MiKandi or adult apps or the app you’re planning on purchasing.
  3. Refunds for apps are easy and we answer your problems quickly. If you purchase an app that turns out to not work on your phone or isn’t what you expected, you can reach out to us and we’ll work with you and the developer to make sure you’re getting what you want. If they can’t address your issue, the Gold for the app will be refunded to your MiKandi account, to be used for other apps.
  4. We will only bill you for the amount you authorize when you complete the transaction and will always be clear about any recurring charges. We don’t offer any purchases that have recurring charges at the moment, but if we do, those recurring charges will ALWAYS require your explicit approval.
  5. Our main goal is to provide the best marketplace for you and to treat you like an adult. We pride ourselves on the fact that in our first three months with MiKandi Gold we’ve not had one single charge back by a consumer. Thousands of our consumers have bought Gold and loved it – we are positive you’ll love it too.

Let us know in the comments if you have any other questions about MiKandi Gold, we’ll update this and make sure you’re all getting the information you need.

“Please, don’t neglect the ladies.”

Yesterday, we received this message from a lady MiKandian with a special request: Give the girls some lady porn! And we couldn’t agree more!

After browsing your site I noticed, as a hot female in my twenties, that there are NO MEN! If you bring out women you have to bring out the men! And I mean men alone. Masturbating or whatever. Maybe the app to play with his penis  and flip him over to get to his butt. I mean I (and many others) would like to see men in just the same apps you have created with women…. The guy who worked at the sex store I went into last told me while I was browsing the gay porn (and I watch it because I just like to get a good dose of MEN) told me that it’s mostly women that buy the gay porn! So please, don’t neglect the ladies…

While MiKandi does not develop the applications in our market (we’re merely the storefront for developers to publish and sell their apps), we do like to keep an open line of communication between our developers and our users.  Last August, we touched on this subject after comScore revealed interesting information on women’s online browsing behavior.  Namely, women enjoy porn.

Says MiKandi’s resident lady-perv, Jennifer McEwen:

A common misconception is that women don’t enjoy adult content, and we know this to be simply untrue.  Perhaps women enjoy the adult entertainment differently, such as erotica, male-only video, or deeper storylines, but that’s no reason to write women off as uninterested.

According to Theresa Flynt, VP of Marketing at Hustler, women make up for 56% of business at her company’s video stores.  “And the female audience is increasing,” she adds. “Women are buying more porn.”

Thanks to Violet Blue, an expert in the field of sex and technology, there are even books dedicated to helping women find great porn.  Violet Blue’s site tinynibbles.com is a hub of hot erotica, porn, sex positivity, and technology.

And if you still doubt that women will download a male-only app, then how about this?  The above sentiment has also been echoed by our gay MiKandians.  Where are the men?!  Did you know that niche, such as gay or fetish, content converts better than straight content?  Why?  Because the market is flooded with straight adult content, but quality gay or male-only content is harder to find.  So when one finds it, he or she is more likely to stay.

To start things off, here are two native apps featuring male-only content that deserve a look-see:

Hidden Gay Movies

Benny Morecock’s Shake and Wank

If you have a native app of male-only content (gay or solo), contact us at developer{at}mikandi{dot}com and we will spotlight your app in this blog.

If you have a male app that you’d like to share on MiKandi, register your free MiKandi developer account today! http://developer.mikandi.com

Help- My Cliq wants MiKandi!

Inquiring minds want to know:  Why can’t I get MiKandi on my Moto Cliq?

The new MiKandi App Store is not available on Android 1.5 devices, which means Moto Cliq users will not be able to get our goodies.  Boo!  But wait, there is hope!

Cliq users, you can manually upgrade your device to from Android 1.5 Cupcake to Android 2.1 Eclair.  Just follow these instructions from Motorola.  Once you’ve finished, you will be able to get MiKandi onto your device by following these three simple steps:

  1. Make sure you’ve changed your device’s settings to allow installations from unknown sources.  Go to Menu, Settings, Applications, and select Unknown Sources.
  2. Go to mikand.com on your mobile browser.  Select the blue Download Now button.
  3. Once the download is complete, hit Install.

And there you have it!

Help- Will downloads show on my phone bill?

Inquiring minds want to know:  Will the apps I download from MiKandi show up on my phone bill?

Trying to keep your spending habits hidden from the eyes of a nosey girlfriend, eh?  S’all good, we understand.  To answer the burning (you might wanna get that checked out) question, no you will not see any bills from MiKandi on your phone bill.  In fact, if you live in the US, you will never see porn charges on your phone bill because carrier billing is not available for any adult companies here.

All of the apps on MiKandi are free to download and install. (*11/29/2010 Update: You can now purchase Premium Applications on MiKandi. Read more about MiKandi Gold.) Some apps may ask for your credit card information to access more content once you’ve already downloaded an app. It’s important to know that these are not endorsed or sponsored by MiKandi.  If you choose to give your credit card information, make sure you trust the source, as you will be dealing with that developer with any future disputes.

At the same time, we understand that while you may want to access premium content, you aren’t too keen on giving your credit card info to multiple sources.  So we’re building our own payment platform and will be serving as your virtual wallet for shopping in our market.

MiKandi is adopting the virtual currency model, or the token-model.  If you have ever played a Zynga or Playdom game on Facebook, WoW, IMVU, or any social MMO, you’re likely familiar with virtual currency.  The way it works on MiKandi is like this:

You will have your MiWallet, which you can access at anytime in the MiKandi App Store.  In your wallet, you can purchase bundles of MiKandi gold.  The more you spend, the better deal you get on your gold.  From there, you can browse the app store for premium apps, and purchase by using your gold.  Even further, some apps will have in-app content that you can purchase or unlock by spending gold.  So you will even be able to access your MiWallet from within an installed and opened app.  You can view your transaction history in MiWallet also (not your phone bill), well hidden from the eyes of your girlfriend.

Have we piqued your interest?  MiWallet has not yet been released in the app store, but stay tuned for more announcements coming soon.

Help- I can’t get MiKandi on my HTC G1!

Inquiring minds want to know: Why can’t I install MiKandi on my HTC G1?

Some of you G1 users are having a tough time installing apps on your devices due to lack of storage space.  This is unfortunately hindering your access to MiKandi.  Boo!

For those of you that are frustrated with the G1′s limited internal memory, Android and Me has 3 ways to get more storage on your device.  Try these tips.

From Android and Me:

1. Gain root access to your phone.  The most direct measure to get apps installed on your SD card is to do it yourself.  You can install a prebuilt environment that already supports apps on your SD card that you have formatted to accept.  Gaining root access does not take much time for the advanced user, but it is not suggested for the beginner.  The mod does prove that this feature is possible, but it needs to be implemented by Google to allow the option.

2.  Uninstall everything and do not purchase paid apps.  I have seen several people and devs say they are going to boycot the Market, but I think that is a little harsh.  I instead suggest that you select the “I need more space on my phone” option when you remove an app.  This information is collected by Google and available to the devs.  If they see a majority of people removing paid apps because of limited space, I think the devs will become more vocal in their support of this feature.

3. Contact Google and make your voice heard.  Previously, one of the biggest complaints against Android was the lack of moderation on comments found in the Market.  It took several months, but after many people complained the feature to mark comments as spam was finally added.  Since then, the number of spam has been significantly reduced.  This does show that if enough people make noise, then priority is given to an issue and it is addressed.  If you would like to share your opinion with Google, I suggest posting on the 3 following threads:

If you are content with the current storage space, then do nothing.  If you would like to see things change, then I suggest you speak out and make a post.

Help – How do I delete apps?

Inquiring minds want to know:  I tried to move an app to Trash but it’s still on my menu.  How do I delete it?

If you want to delete an app from your home screen, hold down the app for a couple of seconds.  A trash can icon will appear: drag the icon to the trash can.  However, doing this only removes the app from your home screen.  To totally delete an app, you have to go to Manage Applications.

You may need to refer to your device’s manual, but generally you can manage your apps by going to Settings>> Applications>>  Manage Applications.  Select the app you want to uninstall, and hit Uninstall.

But don’t leave without saying a word! If you’re unhappy with an app for any reason, please share your feedback with the developer and us.

  • Email us at mikandi{at}mikandi{dot}com with your feedback.
  • If you need to contact the developer, please email us at developer{at}mikandi{dot}com with the title of the app in the subject header.

We (MiKandi and developers) thank you for your patience. MiKandi launched just 2 months ago to developers only.  We’re flattered by the amount of attention we’ve received from users.  Up until now, developers did not have the space to share adult-content apps.  Therefore, the Adult-Only app market is in it’s infancy.  We encourage you to keep the client on your device, as developers are working hard to create and share quality adult apps.  We expect to see more applications on MiKandi in the upcoming weeks.

Help- I can’t find my apps!

Inquiring minds want to know:  Where did my app go??

No worries, your app is right where you left it- on your device.

With the current MiKandi Market client, you must manually install your applications after downloading them.  This is a very quick and easy step.  After an app is downloaded, you will see a notification.  Click on that notification and hit “Install”. 

Voila!  There’s your app!

But wait, what if you cleared your notifications?  You can still access your downloads by following these steps:

  1. Open your menu
  2. Find and open Quickoffice
  3. Open Memory Card
  4. Open Download folder
  5. Select the app you want, and hit Install

Now get to downloading!

Practice Safe Downloading

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Inquiring minds want to know:  Do I have to worry about any damages to my phone coming from applications from the Marketplace?

It’s important to note that applications on MiKandi are not subject to review and once published, are available within minutes on the marketplace. 

Developers assume full responsibility for everything they publish on MiKandi.  They want to deliver safe, fun, and sexy apps to you.  But things happen.  There may be occasional risks and problems with developer applications.  Therefore, we encourage users to practice “safe downloading”.

What is Safe Downloading?

You should take precautions before downloading anything (mobile or web).  We’ve compiled a short list of helpful guidelines that all should practice.

  1.  Put on your sleuth cap.  Research the developer of the application before downloading.  Applications in the MiKandi marketplace are not created by MiKandi.  Developers use our marketplace to connect with you, the end user.  So before you hop into bed with an app, get some deets on the Developer.  A Developer’s contact information can be found in the app description.  If it’s not, just give us a shout at info@mikandi.com and we’ll send you the info. 
  2. Read the fine print.  Always read the legal information and privacy policy the Developer provides and review what information they want to collect.  In order to install an app, you will be notified of security permissions the app is requesting access to.  Be wary of apps that request more access than necessary.  Be cautious about sharing your personal information, and click Cancel if you are not comfortable with granting access.  In the end, it’s best to refer to the first guideline and email the Developer with any questions. 
  3. Be cautious who you share your location with.  Some apps allow you to share your location with the Developer, friends, or public at large.  Refer to Guideline #2 and find out why the app you want needs that information.  There are many fun apps out there that require access to your location.
  4. Listen to the tribe.  MiKandi’s review process is driven by the community, as opposed to imposing our own review process. We leave the feedback to our community of users.  Take note of what other end-users are saying about the app you want. 
  5. Report abuse.  Obviously, illegal content is NOT tolerated on MiKandi.  If you discover an app with illegal content, please report the app in question at developer@mikandi.com

Developers are more than happy to answer any questions you may have regarding their application. 

Developers who stock apps on MiKandi are subject to the MiKandi Terms of Use.  All apps are subject to MiKandi’s Privacy Policy.