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

Link Love: Wearables SDK, Android/Windows tablet, Android versions

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Wearable developer tools coming in two weeks

Android makes its way into wearable tech with the announcement of a wearables SDK in the works. The software development kit will enable developers to create Android software for wearable hardware, and is slated for release in just two weeks.

Read more on engadget.com

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Google cited as bothered by Android-Windows hybrid

Google is reported miffed by the Asus dual OS Android/Windows laptop-tablet. Not even kind of surprising- Microsoft hasn’t openly opposed the device. Hell, who would blame them?

Read more on cnet.com

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Android 4.4 KitKat now at 2.5%, Jelly Bean tops the chart at 62%, 2.3 Gingerbread drops to 19%

Every month, Google updates its Platform Versions page to show its Android operating system’s adoption rate. Currently Android 4.4 KitKat is at 2.5%, Jelly Bean (4.1, 4.2, 4.3) takes the top spot at 62%, the slightly older version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Read more on periscopepost.com

Link Love: Android myths, Yandex Kit

Debunking four myths about Android, Google, and open-source – ZDNet.com

You can take Android Open Source Project (AOSP) code today and make your own version of Android today. If you want to, you can even take a page from CyanogenMod’s book and make an Android that works with multiple devices instead of being tied to one vendor’s smartphones and tablets.

Contrary to Edelman’s claims, you can also build commercially viable operating systems off Android without Google Mobile Service (GMS) apps. Or, at least, you can try to. That’s exactly what Mozilla is doing with Firefox OS. And, Canonical’s Ubuntu Touch started out using CyanogenMod Android for its foundation. Indeed, it still uses Android during its initial boot up.

Case in point…

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Yandex offers apps-and-services bundle to help others build non-Google Android devices - Gigaom

Enter Russian web giant Yandex, which has spent the last couple of years developing alternative services for those manufacturers who are trying to build an own-brand system on top of AOSP. On Wednesday, the company unveiled what it calls Yandex.Kit, a firmware package that includes email, mapping, a browser, a 3D launcher, and Yandex.Store, which boasts around 100,000 apps.

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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. 

Glass and Sex – so many questions

glass_dogeGoogle Glass might be getting its second adult app by way of Sex with Glass. Conceived at the Wearable Tech Hackathon in London, the project promises to enable both dancers of the bedroom tango to record and stream their POV to each other. The video recorded will be available for viewing for 5 hours, after which it’s deleted.

It’s an interesting take on sex with Google Glass, and something we’ve been thinking of since we received our Glass last year. We’ve always said that first and foremost Glass is a communications device, and as with all communication, sex is an inevitable topic. It’s a natural progression of technology, no, humanity, to incorporate sexuality with adult interaction. In fact, this week in Los Angeles, we’ll be giving an hour long presentation on just that.

But I digress.

While we’re stoked to see more adult Glassware, we’re definitely scratching our heads over here after perusing the company’s website and the creator’s Twitter this morning.

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First off, the site heavily incorporates the use of Google’s own Glass promotional images- something I gather le Goog nor their models will be happy to see.

Secondly, @sherifmaktabi admits on Twitter that he’s not a developer. But there’s not much any mention that I could find of his technical team. The graphic team looks a-plenty. Is this a site drummed up to gauge the interest of the public? If so, consider our interest piqued. ;)

Then there are the apps. Either the Glassware hasn’t been developed yet or is in development- I can’t tell. Unless I’m reading this wrong, he doesn’t have a Glass device. Note to the team- if that’s the case, ping us and we’ll send you an invite when we get more. Seriously.

Hurry up and wait

While we wait anxiously for the next adult Glassware, we can also wait anxiously for the accompanying iPhone app. Just sign up and they’ll send you the download link when it’s ready. Seeing as this is a sex app for the iPhone, methinks we’ll be waiting a long time. I was hoping to see an Android app in the works. It’s a shame to ignore Android, especially considering the unlikelihood of Apple approving the iPhone app coupled with Android being made for porn.  I reached out to Sherif on Twitter and will update if I hear back.

Lastly, in terms of the legal issues- we learned the hard way Google’s stance on adult apps for Glass. Over the summer, Google quietly updated their developer policy to prohibit adult content on Glass after they learned of our adult Glassware, Tits & Glass. Pushing content that Google doesn’t approve of to its beta device will likely land Glass and Sex in Zero API Limit territory- not a fun place to be.

Regardless of the status of this project, we’re really happy to see more adult fare making its way onto Glass.  In the meantime, you can get our adult Glassware on titsandglass.com. And if you’re curious as to what two-way POV sex looks like while wearing Glass, check out the First Ever Google Glass Porn (SFW) with James Deen and Andy San Dimas.

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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!

Andy San Dimas and James Deen with Google Glass

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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Through Glass

Jen GlassLast week, MiKandi’s Jennifer McEwen shared her experience with Google Glass on Android Central’s Through Glass series.

Excerpt:

Google Glass is a device of contradictions. It’s intended for communication, but it’s hard to talk to someone on it. It captures and shares moments immediately, but getting the shot just right is cumbersome. It connects you with the world, but could alienate you from the people in front of you. But as with all technology, it is what you make it.

Read the full article Through Glass: Breaking the Ice on Android Central.

 

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