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well that escalated quickly

Two weeks ago, one of our senior developers picked up his Google Glass device, and after tinkering around with it and going over their developer policy with a magnifying glass, we announced we were going full speed ahead with a Google Glass porn app.

Yesterday morning, we announced it, after releasing it last week. Mere hours later, we voluntarily disabled updates to Glass users when we learned Google quietly dropped the ban hammer on adult content over the weekend. At this point, Google still has not reached out to notify us of the policy changes.

We may be a group of nerds and hackers, but we’re nice-guy nerds and hackers. From the get-go, we said we wanted to play within Google’s terms and help push this technology forward. We just think sexy glasses deserve sexy content.

We’ve been coding away and revised the app to meet Google’s new policies. While testing the updated the app, our developer discovered that Google dropped the API limit to 0 on his Glass user account. In non-nerd speak, that means we can’t push any updates to the app.

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He called Google this afternoon to find out if we were officially blocked. Google representatives refused to answer any questions as to whether or not the API account was blocked. At the moment, however, our API limit remains stubbornly at zero.

So here’s where we are: we’ve kept true to our promise to adhere to Google’s Glass policies (as we always scrupulously comply with all of our legal obligations) and have updated our app to reflect that. We’re eagerly waiting to hear back from Google in regards to the status of our account. As soon as we know, you’ll know.

Best regards,

Jesse Adams
CEO, MiKandi

P.S. We still have our IAmA going on Reddit. If you want to ask MiKandi co-founder Jennifer McEwen any questions, send them over.

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tits & glass

Wow, what a morning, folks. Really. We appreciate all the positive feedback on our adult Glass app, Tits & Glass.

Since we announced the availability of Tits & Glass this morning, nearly 10,000 unique vistors have visited TitsAndGlass.com, and a dozen Glass users have already signed up with our app. Not surprisingly, we’ve reached our API limits. Our previously approved request to up our limit was later denied today, so unfortunately, there’ll be no more updates to Tits & Glass until tomorrow.

UPDATE: By the end of the day June 3rd, over 61,000 unique visitors visited TitsAndGlass.com.

However, more importantly, and thus the purpose behind this blog post- MiKandi became aware today that Google changed its policy over the weekend to ban adult content on all Glassware.

When we received our Glass and started developing our app 2 weeks ago, we went through the policy very carefully to make sure we were developing the app within the terms. We double checked again last week when making the site live on the Internet and available for install for testing during last week’s announcement. We were not notified of any changes and still haven’t been notified by Google. We also double checked our emails to see if any notifications of policy changes were announced, but we haven’t found any such emails.

Although the app is still live and people are using it, at this point we must make changes to the app in order to comply with the new policies. Expect to see changes to the application tomorrow.

Best regards,

Jesse Adams

CEO, MiKandi

UPDATE:
Press can reach us at info@mikandi.com with questions.
We also have an IAmA going on Reddit. If you have any questions, send them our way.

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titsandglass

Since the day we picked up our Google Glass device, we’ve been in overdrive coding up the world’s first Google Glass porn app. After 10 sleepless nights, we’re happy to announce today our highly anticipated adult app for Google Glass, Tits & Glass. Visitors can go to TitsAndGlass.com to install the application onto their Glass devices. Those without Google Glass can browse and interact through the website.

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. The application comes preloaded with premium adult photos, with MiKandi promising to release more Glass-shot POV adult content through the app soon. The preloaded photos compliment full-length videos available in MiKandi Theater, the company’s mobile streaming video service.

As a next generation adult company, it’s our mission to offer the best adult entertainment experiences. So, it’s been especially fun and thrilling to work on such a cutting edge device. Building apps for Google Glass is still in its infancy, so our first foray in Glassware is a relatively simple sharing application… although, it did take many, many, many, MANY lines of code. We’re very excited to get everyone’s feedback, and do our part to push the technology forward.

It seems you all seem to like this app. In the few hours since we announced Tits & Glass, we’ve had over 5K unique visitors to the site. I dare say, Tits & Glass may be well on its way to being the most popular Google Glass app to date.

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MiKandi visits Android HQ

Google Glass on MiKandi Porn App Store

Update 1: MiKandi Debuts Tits & Glass, World’s First Google Glass Porn App

Update 2: Google Quietly Revised Developer Policy, Bans Google Glass Porn

Update 3: Tits & Glass is Back!

Update 4: MiKandi Releases First Ever Google Glass Porn Video

We just picked up a pair of Google Glass! We’re thrilled to be one of the first (if not the only) porn store to start creating apps and content with Google Glass.

With close to 8000 adult apps in the market today, we’ve seen the future of adult entertainment and it’s awesome. It’s the live and personalized experiences that are driving revenue and innovation today. Some adult studios may be waiting on the sidelines to see how popular these get, but this is the kind of technology that gets us extra excited in the morning.  Watching porn or movies in general on Google Glasses is not quite there yet (and believe me, that’s the first thing we tried), but we love the idea of a very natural, wearable smart device that can create intimate, two-way adult experiences remotely.

Sharing POV porn is now even faster and easier than holding up your camera phone or using higher quality cameras like GoPro. How fun will it be to tap into your favorite porn star or cam model’s glass video stream? Or go down the rabbit hole further with us and imagine when devices, like Google Glass, can communicate with sex toys. That brings virtual sex to another level.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. We’re just excited to play around with them and start recording some pink parts.

So who’s POV do you want to see?

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We’re making some changes over here and want to tell you all about it.

Since the beginning, the MiKandi blog has served as your source to stay up to date with MiKandi, sexy tech, Android, Apple, and more news. You could also find more details on great adult apps and videos as they’re introduced in our store. But we always felt this blog had too many voices. Some of our subscribers are press and media, others are developers, and others are customers. Press may not be too interested to see the NSFW images and icons of apps we highlight. Customers probably don’t care about our developer tips and tricks. So we decided to keep these distinct voices separate.

Starting today, blog.mikandi.com is your destination for all news, developer tips, design help, and tech related posts from MiKandi. You’ll find your RSS feed will contain less blowjobs and pink parts. There will still be some skin, but we’ll try to keep it as SFW as we can.

If you’re a customer and you’d like to stay in the know of our latest and greatest adult apps, MiKandi Gold giveaways, and funny sex pictures from the Interwebz, follow our brand new Tumblr blog, mikandi.tumblr.com. We promise that page will be very NSFW. In fact, follow or reblog us on Tumblr and enter a chance to win 1000 MiKandi Gold. Rules and Conditions.

 

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The fine folks over at MoneyChoice.org shared this infographic with us today highlighting the fall of Apple and rise of competitors. It’s interesting to see that Apple’s streak of bad luck may be changing with the help of subscriptions.

Subscriptions are something we think a lot about. After all, aside from ad revenue, that’s how the adult industry survives. And judging by the purchasing behavior and straight out requests from many of our customers and developers, it’s something you guys want in the MiKandi Adult App Store and Theater.

What do you think? Is Apple falling, and if so, can it recover?

The Fall of Apple

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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.

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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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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.

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Amazon CoinsAmazon announced today its own virtual currency system called Amazon Coins. In true Amazon fashion, the company is going big by giving away “tens of millions of dollars” when the virtual currency launches in May. Amazon Coins can be used to buy apps, on in-app purchases, and games on the Kindle Fire. The coins will be available in the US only at first and will not be available for subscriptions. Customers who do not wish to buy apps with Amazon Coins can still purchase outright with credit cards.

We love virtual currency

MiKandi is happy to welcome Amazon to the virtual currency world. When we were rebuilding our app store 2 years ago, we thought long and hard about how to tackle payments. Being a tech company that sells adult content, many services were restricted. From newsletters to payment options, our usual course of action was to build it ourselves. On top of that, at the time it was very hard for developers to make money in the Android Market compared to iTunes. Something wasn’t working and we were dead set of figuring out what that was.

We came to the conclusion that we had to think about this problem differently. The question we found ourselves asking, often, is: How do you build an app store that exceeds the current options and really resonates with consumers? We looked to the gaming industry for leadership and discovered that consumers understand and accept points-based systems with rewards and purchases. From an app store’s point of view, virtual currency makes it easy to provide customers with outstanding customer service. Download an app you really don’t like? We can simply refund your MiKandi Gold for you to spend on something you do. No hassle, no delay. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. That, coupled with our industry leading customer service, has led to our remarkable chargeback rates, something that has plagued the adult industry since the advent of online purchases. Our chargeback rates are so low, we’d hazard a guess that it would make non-virtual currency supported app stores raise their eyebrows and stroke their chins.

Imitation is the best form of flattery

We have to ask, “What took you so long, Amazon?” When MiKandi launched MiKandi Gold, our virtual currency system for paid apps back in 2010, we were the first virtual currency powered mobile app store. A few months later, we launched full support of KandiBilling to Android developers, our in-app billing API, 1 day before Google Android. There’s something to be said for small teams- we move fast. Our mommies taught us to share our software, Amazon. Next time, ask us and we’ll let you play with our toys.

Seriously.

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