Android becomes more kick-ass with Aro

Local Paul Allen funded Startup Kiha has just launched their new software Aro, which currently runs on the Android OS.  Aro makes it easier and faster to take action on your phone. Check out the interview to learn more.  Android FTW.

Divabot. The other type of Android… sorta.

You gotta love the creativity behind the brilliant minds of the Japanese.   At Japan’s Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, they’ve developed the world’s first robot pop star.  Yep, that’s right.  She can sing and she can bust a move.  That’s taking the term, “doing the robot” to a whole ‘notha level!

Divabot (the name they’ve dubbed her) uses special software to precisely mimic a human singer’s head movements and facial features and synthesizes notes with Yamaha’s Vocaloid software.  Talk about Japanese innovation.  Eat your heart out SURALP Humanoid Robot!  The students at Sabanci University Robot Research Laboratory Platform in Turkey have created their own robot too… just 8 years and 1 million dollars later.  You think they could’ve made it a bit sexier, no?

Want to experience more Japanese innovation?  There’s all sorts of goodies to experience!  Next time you’re with your buddies, create a forced awkward situation for everyone and watch some creatively uncomfortable Hentai. It will bring you and your pals closer as a unit.  Trust.

You can read Gizmodo’s story of the World’s First Robot Pop Star, Divabot, here.

24 telecom operators to form Wholesale Applications Community

From: engadget.com

Twenty four telecom operators announced in Barcelona last week that they will be form the Wholesale Applications Community with the support of the GSMA and major hardware manufacturers.  This alliance will “build an open platform that delivers applications to all mobile phone users.”

Says Engadget:

Essentially, the goal of the alliance will be to create a viable, cohesive and open industry platform for mobile app developers. Members of the Community will include AT&T, China Mobile, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, NTT DoCoMo, Orange, TeliaSonera, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, and Vodafone among others, and they’ll be supported in their endeavors by LG, Samsung and Sony Ericsson. The total customers of the group is about 3 billion, giving WAC (our name) some considerable — albeit theoretical for the moment — power. The group plans to work on coming up with a standard for working across platforms over the next twelve months. WAC’s website just went live a bit ago — there’s a link to it below — and the full press release is after the break.

Press Release after the jump.

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Android Platforms

The Android Developer Blog posted a useful resource for tracking what versions of Android are in use. 

This page provides data about the relative number of active devices running a given version of the Android platform. This can help you understand the landscape of device distribution and decide how to prioritize the development of your application features for the devices currently in the hands of users.

Android Platform chart[2]

Android Platform Percentage of Devices
1.1 0.3%
1.5 27.7%
1.6 54.2%
2.0 2.9%
2.0.1 14.8%

The video viewed the world over

Here is our (in)famous video introducing the world to MiKandi, the FIRST app store that treats you like an adult.

In just 1 week, over 100,000 people viewed our video announcing the launch of our Developer Portal.  It’s safe to assume that many of you out there liked what you saw, because today we broke a 6 figure number of downloads.  That’s right, over 100,000 downloads of our mobile client!!

So what does this mean to an adult-app developer?  It means that your adult app will reach over 100K eager users immediately; users who are contacting us daily, asking where all the apps are. 

Unlike other app stores, on MiKandi your apps are not subject to a rigorous screening process that edits, censors, or even restricts them completely.  Upon uploading your app, it is available immediately from the MiKandi mobile client, delivering it to ready and waiting consumers. 

What are you waiting for?  If you’re an app developer, register on MiKandi today and let your app shine.  Contact us at developer{at}mikandi{dot}com with ANY questions or comments.  We look forward to seeing your apps!

1 week, 5 apps, 100′s of news stories and blog posts and… 85,000+ app downloads!

Wow.

Seriously, wow.

We didn’t expect that folks. If you’re one of the more than 85,000 (man, that count keeps jumping, it’s fun for the team to watch it jump…) people who have downloaded our app store and now find yourself here, wanting to know why there aren’t more apps, we want to say 2 things:

  1. Thank you thank you thank you!
  2. We’re working as hard as we can. Be patient, talk to us, keep checking out the app store and we promise that you’ll be impressed with us.

Last week, we launched, quietly.

We thought we’d be lucky if a few online blogs talked about us and we hoped that we could go out and approach some developers that we know in order to share our site and idea with them.

Really, folks, we just wanted to go talk to developers about making a new category of application: apps without restrictions.

We thought we were keeping it simple.

Then we released, we told some people about it and then…..

all of YOU showed up, downloading our app by visiting http://www.mikandi.com on your mobile phones.

(Oh, and a lot of developers did too ;-). If you want to join them, sign up: http://developer.mikandi.com/register.php)

It’s been a hectic week here at MiKandi.  We can barely keep up with the requests from developers, we’re working with developers to get their apps published and we’re building out an entire User and Developer portal.

We didn’t really think that so many of you would be interested right away, so we’re cranking as fast as we can to catch up with you. We hope that you’ll be patient with us and help us build something special here: a new kind of app store, the kind that lets you be an adult on your phone.

Thanks again for checking us out!

**If you’re a developer or know one, be sure to have them sign up as a developer with us ASAP: http://developer.mikandi.com/register.php**