Google's policy roadblocks first adult app for Glass

Google does not want pornography on your Glass. Hours after the first porn app was launched for Google’s ambitious Glass, the company pulled it out from the Glassware hub.

Adult app store makers MiKandi released the NSFW app for Google Glass yesterday and saw nearly 10,000 unique visitors and a “dozen” sign-ups for the app. The company was in for a surprise, though when Google purportedly changed its policies regarding adult content on Glass.

As per revised Platform Developer Policies Google is setting into place, sexually explicit material are a strict no-no on the platform. “We don't allow Glassware content that contains nudity, graphic sex acts, or sexually explicit material.” reads the policy under the content section. "Google has a zero-tolerance policy against child pornography. If we become aware of content with child pornography, we will report it to the appropriate authorities and delete the Google Accounts of those involved with the distribution." 

"No pornography please"


MiKandi’s app is the first to fall prey to Google’s new policies. The company writes in a blog post that it received its Google Glass two weeks ago and started to build an app for it keeping in mind the terms for developers. “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,” it added. MiKandi claims that it had not been notified by Google about the tweaks in its policies.

The company will be trying to counter these changes by tweaking the application that will make it more in line with Google’s terms. The app came into the public eye as the first adult content one to hit the development stage for the wearable Google Glass last month.

An exciting prospect, it was intriguing to see how MiKandi was contemplating making optimum use of Glass’s video shooting abilities. “We’re experimenting with the features of Glass. From our initial use of the device, photo and video recording is more powerful than we expected. Obviously, Glass is perfect for shooting POV video, so we’re experimenting with that first. But what’s really interesting about Glass is that it’s not just a hands free camera. It can receive and send data, so there are a lot of interesting interactions that we want to explore,” MiKandi founder Jennifer McEwen had said back then.

It is going to be interesting to chart how MiKandi will be adjusting its application around Google’s stringent no-sex policy now. The company says that users can expect an update to the app today.

Published Date: Jun 04, 2013 10:23 AM | Updated Date: Jun 04, 2013 10:23 AM