Why Android gets Sex instead of FaceTime

Why Android gets Sex instead of FaceTime

Summary: MiKandi's new Sex Chat Live application allows you to have intimate video calls with adult sex workers in the privacy of your own home and on the Android device of your choice. iPhone users need not apply.

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MiKandi's new Sex Chat Live application (video, NSFW) allows you to have intimate video calls with adult sex workers in the privacy of your own home and on the Android device of your choice. iPhone users need not apply.

If you ask any iPhone 4 user what one of their most favorite features of their new smartphone is, chances are, they'll probably say either the Retina Display or FaceTime, a built-in VOIP application that allows for 1 to 1 video chat over Wi-Fi connections using the iPhone 4's front-facing VGA video camera with other iPhone 4 users.

Currently, most Android phones lack front-facing video cameras, and no Google-designed equivalent to FaceTime -- such as a Video-enabled "Talk" app for Android currently exists, although webcam-enabled GTalk desktop clients have had video capability for some time now.

The recently released Sprint EVO 4G is one of the few Android handsets to include a front-facing video camera.

Still, for what Android currently lacks in technology sex appeal when compared to the iPhone 4, it makes up for in Sex, period.

Recently, Seattle-based MiKandi, a 3rd-party adult app store for Android recently released Sex Chat Live, a free application which allows for one-on-one paid video chats between the receiver and adult sex workers streamed from BabeChatLive, an established video sex chat business based in the UK.

Also Read: Will The Adult Industry Drive Android Adoption? (November 2009)

When I first covered MiKandi, the store only had one adult application to offer. Now the store has many dozens of applications, which span a wide range of lifestyle choices and categories.

Sex Chat Live, unlike FaceTime, will work over 3G in addition to Wi-Fi. I briefly installed the application and looked at some of its sample content, and the video quality was decent enough. If I wanted to have a 1-on-1 "chat" with one of the women at BabeChatLive, all I would have to do is enter my billing information and for a mere $3 a minute, I could watch these women engage in... well lets just say I'll leave that up to your imagination.

Currently Mikandi's app store and Sex Chat Live only works on Android devices, although support for RIM's BlackBerry and Windows Mobile/Windows Phone is in the works.

Obviously, due to Apple's stringent policies towards adult content in their App Store, you'll never see anything like MiKandi or Sex Chat Live on an iOS-based device like the iPhone 4. Certainly, there's nothing to stop you from using FaceTime to do "Sexy Time" in the privacy of your own home, but the chances of seeing monetized or 3rd-party private video chat apps on that platform for adult-oriented use is next to zero.

This brings up some interesting issues related to application development and the freedoms -- or lack thereof -- that exist on the Apple iOS and Google's Android platforms, respectively.

Due to the "Duplication of Functionality" clause in Apple's SDK agreement, it's unlikely that many competing apps to FaceTime will ever be developed -- such as a video-enabled Google Talk, or perhaps a Cisco video conferencing app which would permit interaction with their Cius devices or their corporate video conferencing/telepresence systems, or a video-enabled version of Skype, for that matter.

I won't count competing apps to FaceTime out entirely since Opera for iPhone was approved, which duplicates Safari's functionality in iOS (Note to Opera: Where's my iPad version?) but when it comes to its own rules, Apple tends to be a very capricious fruit of inconsistent ripeness.

[UPDATE: It already appears that a Chatroulette-style application for iPhone 4, iChatr, was recently yanked from the App Store by Apple due to the fact that people were PRIVATELY using the application to "expose themselves".

Fring has recently been ported to iOS 4, and has been updated for video chat capability, although its Skype video chat functionality no longer works due to a dispute related to API usage with Skype.

Whether the app will continue to be permitted by Apple in its current form based on the reasons for iChatr's recent App Store removal is unknown at this time.]

All of this, and more, however, will eventually end up on Android, once two-way video communication and front-facing cameras are commonplace on those devices. And yes, Sex Chat Live and applications like it will have 2-way video, too.

Will Google's Android end up having better 2-way video applications than Apple's iOS? And will the Adult industry, yet again, drive their adoption? Talk Back and Let Me Know.

Topics: Android, Google

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  • Errrm.

    Your wife called. Bring home a half-gallon of milk for the baby.
    ;)
    Dietrich T. Schmitz, ~ Your Linux Advocate
    • RE: Why Android gets Sex instead of FaceTime

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz, Your Linux Advocate LOL!!! I don't care who you are, that right there is funny...
      athynz
  • Sex is one aspect, competition is another

    One of the killers for iPhone app developers is that the non-compete clause (let's call it what it really is) also stifles innovation. If you want to build an app that is similar to an existing one but better, it's an uphill battle.

    As for sex apps, I oppose the ban on principle, but I think it's a good thing in actuality just because most porn companies are crooks that use ID theft, fraud, and malware to steal people's money. It's easy enough to download all kinds of porn to an iPhone, don't need an app for that, so the ban saves a lot of gullible people from losing their money.
    terry flores
  • RE: Why Android gets Sex instead of FaceTime

    Now that is the app to have! I hope its not android only though.
    Loverock Davidson
    • Can't get a GF?

      @Loverock Davidson
      Snooki_smoosh_smoosh
  • It all makes sense though...

    Jobs wants to 'save' you from spending all your duckets on some telephonic bimbo. They want to make sure that if ANYONE is going to screw the end user, it's going to be THEM and NO ONE ELSE..!
    Wolfie2K3
    • twiddle dee tweedle dum

      @Wolfie2K3

      <i>"They want to make sure that if ANYONE is going to screw the end user, it's going to be THEM and NO ONE ELSE..!"</i>

      Say what's your opinion on Windows Phone 7 (and WP7 Marketplace) also having a no porn or no sexual explicit policy?
      dave95.
      • RE: Why Android gets Sex instead of FaceTime

        @dave95. Microsoft is no better than Apple when it comes to the decisions that it made regarding their new Windows phone OS. Which is why i won't be supporting it in any way shape or form. I used to be a windows mobile guy. Bit after seeing what they did with WP7 its not even going to be worth using, let alone buying. Which is one of the reasons I got an evo.
        Jimster480
      • RE: Why Android gets Sex instead of FaceTime

        @Jimster480<br><br>There is a portion of these devices that are totally open that's called the Web. If developers do not like some of the restrictions of Apple store (or Microsoft Store), they can build Web Apps or sites the same way they've been doing for decades (many already doing so). This outcry about no porn in the App stores only goes to show how fast apps has grown, we totally forget that there's a wide open web for developers to take advantage off. Let Google continue with its open wild wild west policy, there's a reason Android is mainly attracting the geeks now, and not so much the gen consumer or enterprise.
        dave95.
      • RE: Why Android gets Sex instead of FaceTime

        @dave95.

        There's also NO Windows Mob 7. And if it's like any MS OS of the past, it will ship late (if it ships at all) and be stripped of many promised features.

        Apple has no explicit sex apps because they're trying to be a "safe place" for people and their kids. While I find that questionable, there is a point.

        If you want to stroke with your iOS device, there are certainly HTML5 compliant web sites (with more appearing regularly) available for your viewing pleasure. And not just sex sites, btw.
        jeffharris
    • It is Apple's store they can chose the content the

      @Wolfie2K3... want to sell. My local target/walmart doesn't have an adult section.

      Besides, apps like these are for two kinds of people... Losers who can't meet a real woman, and for husbands who's wives doesn't give it up anymore and they are to "respectful" to go outside their marriage.
      Snooki_smoosh_smoosh
  • Chatroulette, move aside!

    Still, Sex Chat Live could be at least nicknamed FaceTime.
    Joe_Raby
  • Heard of Fring?

    <em>Due to the ?Duplication of Functionality? clause in Apple?s SDK agreement, it?s unlikely that many competing apps to FaceTime will ever be developed</em>

    What about Fring?

    http://www.fring.com/newsroom/2wayVideoRelease.asp

    It may not have Skype anymore, but the video functionality with other fring users still works.
    tk_77
    • RE: Why Android gets Sex instead of FaceTime

      @tk_77 I'll correct the text.
      jperlow
      • RE: Why Android gets Sex instead of FaceTime

        @jperlow

        Thanks, Jason.

        To address the new text, Fring is more "like" FaceTime then iChatr. iChatr was, as you say, a Chatroullette type app where you would get a random person on the screen doing who knows what with the camera. Fring, like with FaceTime, has a list of contacts that you add and then select who you want to chat/video conference with. Granted you can some how add random people, but you can do the same thing with Facetime. So, I don't see how Fring could be pulled for reasons similar to iChatr.

        Now in terms of duplication, I suppose that can always be a risk, but that might be a stretch, considering FaceTime isn't available on all devices (yet). The only thing I can see happening in the future is when the FaceTime api/sdk/specification is released (which Apple claims it will be). From reports that I've seen, FaceTime is far superior in terms of quality over many other phone based video conferencing systems. There have even been tests where it was run over a 3g wifi hotspot and it wasn't completely terrible over it. I suppose, in theory, once Apple enables FaceTime over 3g, and releases an sdk to use it on the phone, and a specification to implement it on other devices, they can attempt to force all apps to implement it. Who knows, time will tell.
        tk_77
  • RE: Why Android gets Sex instead of FaceTime

    Whether users and companies want to admit it, the sex industry has a tremendous influence on the drive and adoption of technology.

    Companies that try to "censor" it watch in dismay as it always comes back to bite them.
    rhonin
    • Dogs in trousers

      @zenwalker
      <i>Whether users and companies want to admit it, the sex industry has a tremendous influence on the drive and adoption of technology.</i>

      It's not the sex industry per se, but SEX that has helped drive internet adoption at such a frenetic pace. It may be a fine line distinction, but it's still there. Sexual impulses are a primal urge; when allowed to run unrestricted, they invariably lead to trouble. Why do you think they don't show porn flicks in work places or educational confines throughout the day? Could it be because no work would get done?

      The same thing would apply if you switched that free porn for free booze, or free meals, or a free music. Basically any staple that satisfies fundamental, organic urges. Only in the case of pornography, it's lust without conscience. There's an unfortunate, often hidden, price that's paid all the same. At the top of the fallout is the untold negative impact - to include psychological underpinnings - as it applies to our young by way of consequence.

      But what's that, when self centered male adults can get their rocks off in this soft, corpulent modern society we've fabricated?
      klumper
      • RE: Why Android gets Sex instead of FaceTime

        @klumper

        "Why do you think they don't show porn flicks in work places or educational confines throughout the day? Could it be because no work would get done?"

        This is quite possibly the lamest argument against porn I have ever heard. They don't (usually) show porn in "educational confines" (a BDSM metaphor for sure) because it likely isnt in the context of the setting.

        Using klumper's logic...I'd like to start on a new thread on the evils of dryer sheets. Terrible stuff with "untold negative impact". Imagine what would happen if the entire work place was covered in them! Zero work would get done...altho on the bright side...everyone would have very fresh smelling clothes!
        ufgator31
  • There's a simple answer...

    Most Apple Fanboys wouldn't know what to do with a naked women..even a video-on!
    trickytom2
    • RE: Why Android gets Sex instead of FaceTime

      @trickytom2 Dude, where do you think little Apple Fanboys come from? Surely no self respecting Microsoft Shill family would give birth to an Apple Fanboy, right?
      athynz