With the open source nature of Android, certain apps that would never get past the eagle eyes of the Apple censor, can sail right through the Android Market. Case in point: MiKandi. The latter offers an app that connects an Android user to a site where X-rated pictures can be viewed, some from other developers looking to get paid for providing "content". Not wanting to call it what it is-porn-the site refers to itself as "Adult only" and while the app works on Android powered handsets, it will not work on the iPhone. This is the unfortunate price that Google and Android carrying cell operators must pay in order to offer a totally free, open source system. It is a lose-lose situation for them. If they censor the material, they might lose the ability to call themself "open". Let the site be offered on the Android Market and that invites the criticism and flak from those who are outraged at the nature of the business.
For the sake of research, the guys at Phandroid downloaded the app to check it out and found that nothing worked. After agreeing to the End User Agreement, a screen entitled "Staff Picks" was loaded revealing nothing but a blank page (and no, it wasn't that they went blind) and other options, when pressed, would lead to a "forced close". Phandroid closed by reminding everyone that downloading a site from an unknown party presents enough risk without then using the unknown party's site as a gateway to other sites from more unknown parties which then raises the risk level sharply higher. Curiosity killed the cat and your phone does not have 9 lives, so keep that in mind.
1.jundibasam(Posts: 119; Member since: 05 Aug 2009)
sake of research, eh? It is the nature of open source. My guess is that the people who clamored for an open source for so long will be the ones that are now crying foul over the offering of x-rated apps. Google should develop some type of parental control feature or filter and offer it as a free app on the phone to filter out such apps, but considering then they would have to rate each app's content, that may be a step in decreasing the openness of their OS. Sticky situation indeed (no pun intended).
3.remixfa(Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
google already doesnt allow "adult rated" content on the app store. no nudity, ect. i guess since this is only a portal, its acceptable. the beauty of open and free is.. YOUR RESPONCIBLE FOR WHATS ON YOUR PHONE, not the manufacturer.
cry foul to someone at Apple, they like to control your phone... ooor.. TAKE RESPOCIBILITY FOR YOURSELF and dont download it if you dont want it.
I hate people that want to ban things from everyone because they dont like it. Your morality isnt the group mentality. Obviously there is a niche of people that would like this kind of app, and there is no legal reason why they shouldnt be allowed to have it.
While I do agree with what you are saying, I only agree with it to the extent of consenting adults. This is why there are filters and guards on things like video games systems, TVs, etc. Coming from a parents perspective, one cannot always trust the responsibility of children.
remixfa, you are an idiot. how many kids do you see playing with their parents phones? moron. my child does flashcards on my droid and plays games. she also watches sesame street on youtube on the droid while we grocery shop. so, who makes you the boss of what my 3 year old can and can't accidentally see on a droid. maybe one day you can become a parent and screw up your own kid, but until then don't speak on what mine or anyone else's can accidentally see. my ten year old sister has not seen porn, and she uses a phone. grow up or get lost.
To concerned123, you do know you can access porn on a Droid if you want, right? What does it matter what app is installed? You can go to the web browser and see all you want. It is people like you that have ruined this country. You want everyone else to do your job as a parent. If your kid can accidentally see something on your phone, why would you have it downloaded on there in the first place? Idiot
You talk to your child like that? Seems kind of hypocritical.. but anyway..
Anyone who tries to dictate to me or my kids what is best for them deserves a punch in the mouth.. I'll be the judge of that and any consumer product or manufacturer that determines what is best for me or my kids will not get my support.. thus the reason I don't own an iPhone or any apple products for that matter.
Regardless of what is available on the Android OS, I prefer to have the ability to "choose" for myself.. thus my support. Be it porn or sesame street.. the topic is irrelevent.
That is a great idea... Parental controls. I think it would work. List the definitions of your ratings, and pull any app that does not meet said raitings. Hopefully this would force devs to rate themselves more honestly. Don't know much about android but I assume you can still manually install apps so the market is not the end all be all...
I disagree that the same people that clamored for open source will be the same that cry foul. People that understand what open source is will understand the costs. Its the people that DONT understand what open source is that will cry foul, aka soccer mom's.
For those who want adult content that's great, but parents whom have children with the phone and an app should be available to block children use of adult apps... However it is the parent’s responsibilities to watch there kids are doing with phone, pc ...
Parental controls? The only parental control appropriate here should be self-control. If you're worried about your 12 year old accessing inappropriate material on the Android market, try not giving them a smartphone in the first place.
Verizon offers some sort of parental control feature for $4.99/month. Not sure what all that encompasses and whether or not it's limited to feature phones, but I think you can disable web access at desired times of the day among other things.
14.brikz4real(Posts: 173; Member since: 24 Dec 2008)
That feature blocks numbers, disables texting during certain times, and alerts users when they are about to exceed their minute usage allotment. They're called "Usage Controls" and you are right .... they cost $4.99 per line you want to have them on. But to set the rating of content that a line can access is free. That's simply called Content Filtering. You can set the rating standard and the user of that line can only view from that point on down ( example: setting it to PG-13 means they can view PG-13, PG, and Y for Youth ).
Okay but Android is not only on phones like the Droid and Hero. It runs on phones like the G1, myTouch3G and the Eris too. This app might not work on some of the dummer phones that exist now, but in the future there could be. So I don't think it's as simple as don't buy your kid a smartphone.
for christ sake ... if the kids too young to see some titties then hes too young to have a goddamned smartphone of any type ... people have to learn to take responsibility for their own kids and if the parents dont know what the kids are watching and doing then its their own fault and therefore they forfeit all rights to whine. I guess my main point here is SHUT THE FUCK UP NOBODY CARES
13.brikz4real(Posts: 173; Member since: 24 Dec 2008)
I knew something like this was gonna surface one day. Open source means OPEN!!!.... TO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE under the sun. It's the price you pay to let someone have the ability to develop their own apps. The only "counter strike" Google has is to come up with some sort of Content Filtering app. They can't use that kind of filtering for the base code of the OS because then it wouldn't be OPEN. Some of the apps they DO approve of are borderline 'adult' content anyway. And for the people bitching about 12 year olds having access to this stuff; give it a break. It's not about what device they have ( smartphone or dumbphone ) but about the parent's knowledge of HOW to block content ( which they can do for free on My Verizon ). So not giving a kid a smartphone isn't the answer. If they have a PSP or iTouch, it's virtually the same thing....but with a phone attached. Hell, Verizon's HTML based devices ( enV3, Nokia Intrigue, Nokia Twist, Rogue, etc. ) can view "nudy pics" easily. The enV Touch and Versa even have support for Flash; something even Blackberry doesn't have. Just one more reason for someone to point the finger.
Open source is nothing about content, it as about the SOURCE CODE being viewable and editable. you can block or add any functionality you want that is the beauty of open source. if you dont like a block learn to code and take it out!!!
I think you totally missed the point of the thread.
Nobody's complaining that there are all these blockers out there that they can't get around. They are simply noting the inevitability of the open source format going pornographic. And the need for some type of content filter that will also inevitably arise due to said pornogrophy.
I have to agree, if your child is too young to see nudity, he shouldn't have a device that would get him access to such stuff. No PC, no phone, no iTouch, or any of that until they can get a job and buy it themselves, Not even a TV in his room. Kids are smart about technology, they always figure out how to circumvent the parental controls. That's how I feel.
Even when they are buying their own, I think a responsible parent should be monitoring usage.
I'm surprised that Getjar isn't mentioned in this article. I've been getting adult apps from then for some time now and recently obtained an Android phone which, not to any suprise, GetJar.com had plenty of quality Adult oriented applications.