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

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

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

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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

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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

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After months of hard work, we’re happy to announced today 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 – Hustler, Elegant Angel, Brazzers, Private and much more.

MiKandi Version 4 represents our long term vision of becoming the premier adult mobile content delivery platform. With over 7,000 adult apps and millions of users, this latest release makes it even faster to find the adult content you desire. You read that right- there are over 7,000 adult apps in MiKandi, ready and waiting for your phone.

The new MiKandi app store and web portal offers significant improvement in browsing, downloading apps, and watching unlimited mobile adult videos. Content delivery has been dramatically improved by upgrading to SendFaster, the latest in network acceleration technology. Users are now seeing more quality content at up to 500% faster delivery rates with less jitter and less buffering.

In addition, we partnered with a groundbreaking Seattle startup to power their customer service engine, enabling our customers to reach us directly within the app store. We’re committed to giving you very best mobile porn experience. We answer every support inquiry personally (so say Hi next time you write to us!) and offer a no-hassle refund policy. If you’re having trouble with an app, contact us right away and we’ll assist you.

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Starting today, customers can enjoy MiKandi Version 4 on their Android devices by installing the latest version of the MiKandi app, available as a free download on http://mikandi.com. Non-Android customers can access the MiKandi HTML5 Theater at http://mikandi.com/theater.

To celebrate the launch of MiKandi Version 4, we’re giving away MiKandi Gold for you to spend on adult apps and streaming adult videos. Simply follow us on Twitter and hashtag #MiKandiV4 to enter. Must be at least 18 years old to participate. Winners will be announced by tweet or DM on Twitter. Rules and Conditions.

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Playboy Launches Censored App for iPhone – This is an April Fool’s joke, right?

This is a joke, right? Someone please tell us Playboy hasn’t launched another censored app in the Apple iTunes App Store. We mean, they know Android is the dominating mobile OS, right? And that no one really reads Playboy for the articles, right? Right? Are we missing something here?

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Maybe we are, because today Playboy announced the launch of it’s subscription based app in iTunes. The application is devoid of all the goodies that made Playboy great (i.e. soft pink parts), and fills it with fashion tips.

Fashion.

Tips.

“It forces us to use our imagination to be a little bit more creative,” Playboy‘s Josh Schollmeyer, Director of Digital Content, told USA Today. You spelled BORING wrong, Josh.

On top of that, Playboy focused solely on iOS and completely ignores Android, the only mobile OS that actually lets them develop applications worthy to be called Playboy! REALLY?!

Nah, this has gotta be a joke. Well played, sirs. Well played.

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How is Apple tackling user generated content?

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Today, Market Watch published an article regarding apps that display user generated content and Apple’s still seemingly arbitrary app approval process. It’s like 2010 all over again! We can’t believe that, in 2013, developers still have questions that Apple doesn’t want to answer.

Same old, same old

Back in 2010, Apple infamously purged the Apple App Store of all “adult” apps. While it was pretty obvious to developers and customers that porn apps are not welcomed in the app store, no one expected Apple to lay down the ban hammer on bikini apps, CGI jiggling censored boob apps, and fart apps. Were the apps immature? Arguably. Adult? No way.

Link: Geekwire asks MiKandi Is the iBoobs app even porn?

Although we and many others felt Apple took it too far, we did appreciate that the company was finally making it a littler clearer about what kind of apps were allowed in their market. We invited developers to join MiKandi, the world’s first and largest app store for adults, and welcomed thousands of adult apps with open arms.

Tackling user generated content

This time around, it’s user generated content that’s rubbing the app store the wrong way. Earlier this year, Twitter’s video app, Vine, fell under fire when users began uploading short pornographic clips. As a result the app was slapped with a 17+ rating. Image sharing app, 500px, was initially banned from the Apple App Store before receiving a 17+ rating, and the Tumblr app, although not banned, also sports a 17+ rating. In all cases, Apple deemed it was simply too easy for users to upload and find adult content. To that end, Safari should get its own 17+ rating as well. It is quite possibly the easiest way to find porn on the iPhone. Well, save for a certain MiKandi Theater (accessible on iPhone and iPads!). But Apple show favoritism? Say it ain’t so!

What’s a developer to do?

If your app has user-generated content, what are your options? Unfortunately, when it comes to iPhone apps, we don’t have an answer. Everyone looks forward to Apple setting clearer guidelines around the apps they will accept and reject. Until then, developers who have been affected by Apple’s arbitrary policies are more than welcome to share their sexy apps in our market.  Register your free MiKandi Developer account today.

Private Media Group (NASDAQ: PRVT) launches official app in MiKandi App Market

MiKandi is delighted to announce the launch of Private Live Wallpaper: Aletta Ocean, the official Android app for leading adult company, Private Media Group.

The app gives Android users the opportunity to interact with adult superstar Aletta Ocean by touching various parts of her body, watching her dance, and changing her costumes.  Additional features are available, in which Aletta will alert you of low battery life, remind you to wipe your screen, and more.

App features

  • Unique photo and video content
  • Interactive play
  • Additional actions are available through in-app purchase

Developed by United Fun Traders (UFT) for Private Media Group, the app is available for all compatible Android devices in the MiKandi App Market. Download the app from the MiKandi App Market today!