AT&T to allow third party apps on Android devices

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It looks like a line in our Like a G6 parody I Got Kandi might soon be defunct because AT&T has moved forward on its plans to soften its restrictions on third party apps. So long sideloading! Well, at least for Infuse 4G customers.

The Infuse is the first Android based AT&T device that gives users access to the most coveted ‘Unknown Sources’ checkbox, allowing customers to download and install apps outside the Android Market. The carrier has long prohibited third party apps but the recent launch of the Amazon Appstore clearly forced AT&T to re-evaluate that restriction. “AT&T plans to offer the Amazon application store for Android smartphones, and we’re working to give our Android customers access to third party application stores,” the operator said in a statement last month. “This requires updates to our systems and finalizing arrangements with Amazon.”

This serves as promising news given the recent announcement of AT&T’s acquisition of Android friendly T Mobile. Many customers and developers shared valid concerns over whether or not the acquisition would affect access to and distribution of third party applications.

Currently most AT&T Android devices still restrict third party apps. For those customers, you can sideload apps onto your device with the help of Android Central’s Sideload Wonder Machine- no rooting required. Those of you with rooted Androids can now get the full MiKandi experience by downloading and installing premium adult apps from directly in the mobile app market- no sideloading necessary.

MiKandi releases In-App Billing on Android

When Google announced on March 24 that they intend to launch full in-app billing support this week, we knew we wouldn’t be getting much sleep over the weekend. We’ve been chained to our desks, ‘coding like we’re dumb’, in an effort to beat Goliath to the punch.

We’re excited and relieved to announce that this morning MiKandi launched full in-app billing support for our registered developers. The API, which has been in beta since New Year’s, utilizes our virtual currency MiKandi Gold, and works on the device whether MiKandi is installed or not.

After the product went live, one of our developers had this to say:

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In-app billing has been long anticipated by the Android developer community. Customers are voting with their dollars on other mobile platforms, indicating that in-app billing is crucial to an app developer’s quiver of revenue tools. As part of the launch, PinkTV is releasing its own app which integrates MiKandi’s latest API (Get the PinkTV VOD app today). Bryan Clinger of PinkTV shares,

At PinkTV, we’ve been very excited about in-app billing because we know that our customers want a taste before they buy. This allows us to enable taste tests in a seamless manner and MiKandi’s speed in launching this is impressive, considering how long it’s taken other app platform providers.

Industry analysts Juniper Research forecast that revenues from in-app/in-game purchases will overtake the traditional pay-per-download model as the primary source of monetization by 2013. “At MiKandi, we believe that our job is to make developers money and to make customers happy. In-app billing satisfies both of these goals, particularly in the adult space,” says MiKandi co-founder and president Jesse Adams.

With over 500,000 apps downloaded per month, MiKandi is confident that in-app billing will provide a substantial boost to the earnings power of its 1,300 developers. Existing MiKandi developers are invited to begin integrating the API immediately. New developers can register for a free MiKandi developer account at http://developer.mikandi.com.


Google revamps the Android Market

Android Market

Android Market

It looks MiKandi isn’t the only one to overhaul their app store.  Over the next two weeks, Google Android will be rolling out a major update to to Android Market.  Just like MiKandi users, folks with devices running Android 1.6 will see the changes.  If your device runs Android 1.5 and you want MiKandi and the new Android Market, there may be a manual update or root available to you.  (Cliq users, see this manual update from Motorola.)

According to to this blog post from Google Android, the focus of the redesign was to improve merchandising and discoverability, something that plagues larger app markets.  The Market’s answer to this problem is a carousel of promoted apps on the home and category screens, more categories, and related apps.

In addition to the carousel, the Market will include two new popular categories- Widgets and Live Wallpaper.  The Market will also be “adding more categories for popular applications and games in the weeks ahead.”

Opening an app page, you’ll see a new tab called “Related”.  From here you can view related apps , making it easier to find apps of similar interest.  We expect the developers may have mixed feelings about this.  ;)

As mentioned above, we haven’t had a chance to see the new market first hand, but from the looks of it, it seems that Google Android has come to many of the same conclusions that we came to when we redesigned the MiKandi App Store three weeks back.  Namely faster performance, intuitive navigation, and better search capabilities.  We also sought to reduce the number of screen changes and deliver relevant apps as quickly as possible.  Browsing the MiKandi App Store, you’ll notice that we have only three major screens- MiAccount, App Store, and MiTheater.  Directly from App Store users can browse by changing their filters (Featured, Top Paid, Top Free, Latest, Highest Rated) and categories (All, Entertainment, Games, Social, Erotica, Mobile Sites, News) without changing screens or scrolling.

We haven’t received the update to any of our devices yet, but we’re excited to see what’s in store for the Android Market these up coming weeks.

Link Love: Android Market leaves porn to the pros, and more

Don’t just build an app- build a mobile business – Tech Crunch

Sorry Steve Jobs.  Porn ISN’T allowed in the Android Market – Mobile-Ent

American Express now lets you swap reward points for Zynga’s purple cows – Tech Crunch

Jolt Online brings Playboy to Facebook – Tech Crunch

Google puts Android porn out to pasture – Words by Nowack (Ed. Interesting perspective!)



Link Love: Diddle your Cliq, MiKandi updates Adult App Store, and more

WP7

Third-party tools opens WP7 to unapproved apps – PC World

Moto Backflip, Cliq get multi touch support – Android Central

$1000 bounty offered to first person to crack Google TV root – Phandroid

Android Market bans porn – XBiz

MiKandi overhauls app store, introduces paid apps - Phandroid

Android’s app store for porn, MiKandi, adds support for paid applications – Tech Crunch

MiKandi launches redesigned app store, virtual currency – AVN

MiKandi lets Android phone owners pay for porn – PC Mag

Understanding the Android Market content ratings

I’ve got to rate my apps now???

Today, Google announced its intention to roll out content ratings for the Android Market. As we understand it, in the next release of the Android Market, users should be able to view content ratings all applications in the market. These ratings are going to be self-reported, meaning that the developers are responsible for determining where they fall on the rating scale.

We’ve taken a read over the guidelines here at MiKandi HQ to better understand the changes and to understand how it impacts mobile app developers. We think that what’s going on here is that Google’s working to better service the needs of parents and households where multiple people might be accessing an Android-powered device. Look at the categories that they’ve delineated aside from the “All” category and they’re all age-focused, utilizing parental terminology. Actually, on the terminology topic, we’ve got to say that this tweet made us crack up:

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It’s about who’s allowed to see what

We highly recommend taking a look at the guidelines that Google shared on how to rate your application for the Android Market, but here’s our understanding of the limitations, displayed a bit more visually:

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Clarity is a great thing

To us, this announcement from Google is an excellent step. We hear from developers on a regular basis that they’re very concerned about being on the wrong side of one of the app store operators. This announcement gives app developers the tools to self-report about what they’re doing and gives them more clarity about which consumers will be allowed to use their apps. It appears that there are big areas of ambiguity in this framework (inflammatory, for example, strikes us as a very tough one) but at least there’s a logic that’s been proposed by Google and developers can reference it. We’ll be watching closely to see how this plays out for developers and how many people adopt the self-rating system.

As the creators of the world’s first app store for adults, obviously we’re paying attention to what happens to developers placed in the “Mature” bucket and how the guidelines are interpreted. While we’ve seen a number of developers opting to publish in both the Android Market and the MiKandi marketplace to date, we think that the clarity from Google makes it more clear as to which apps should be looking at MiKandi as their primary marketplace. While we didn’t know that these content ratings were coming from Google, we’re really pleased to have just completed a massive overhaul of our app store and to launch paid app support. For developers who find themselves impacted by these rules from Google, we look forward to working with you – be sure to head on over to http://developer.mikandi.com if you haven’t already registered with us.

 

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