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Mikandi: First Store For Porn Apps Launches (UPDATED, VIDEO)

First Posted: 03/18/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 03:45 PM ET

*See video and update below*

Want porn on your iPhone? There's not an app for that.

Because Apple has banned "adult-only content" from the iPhone app store, among the 100,000 apps available to iPhone users, not a one is "adults only."

Google has also adopted rules for its own app store, the Android Market, to prevent app developers from selling pornographic applications for use on cell phones running Google's Android operating system.

But Android apps need not necessarily go through the official Android Market.

One company, MiKandi, has taken advantage of the open platform by launching the first mobile store for porn.

Mikandi's 18-and-over-only apps aren't available through the Android Market, and instead must be purchased through the MiKandi Market, which can be downloaded from Mikandi.com.

According to Phandroid, the MiKandi Market is,

a portal for Android users to find, download and use adult themed applications in one central location. Likewise, it serves as a place where application developers can distribute their free or paid adult-themed locations without fear of being rejected from Android Market.

MiKandi's adults-only apps are listed in categories that include Fun and Games, Adult News, Erotica, and Eye Candy.

As Phandroid notes, MiKandi is tapping into a potentially huge market opportunity:

There is a reason that pornography leads the internet in traffic and revenue and with everybody going after the mobile web, it's a wonder that some enterprising adult company didn't pursue this earlier.

iPhone lovers will not be totally forgotten: MiKandi is reportedly planning to offer its pornographic apps on jailbroken iPhones, and notes on its website, "Currently available for Android phones only, but other devices coming soon."

UPDATE: Following up on MiKandi's debut, ZDNet's Jason Perlow asks in a blog post whether porn -- and the Android's openness -- might fuel Android adoption among consumers.

He cites as precedent the way the Adult Entertainment industry "drove the adoption of DVD and the streaming media technologies," asking whether advances in mobile porn, such as MiKandi, could increase the adoption of Google's mobile operating system, Android.

Perlow writes,

What I see occurring with Android is not unlike how other technologies were advanced by the adult industry, such as VHS tapes, DVD video, and streaming Internet multimedia and content distribution. It can be argued that NONE of these technologies would have been so heavily adopted if it wasn’t for the Adult film and content industry embracing their openness, a quality that is shared by Android and its ability to run 3rd-party content without restriction.


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Filed by Bianca Bosker  |