Hey Steve! Fighting Porn on Android… There’s an App for That!

Retina-X Studios is announcing the release of the Android version of their Mobile Spy application. Designed primarily for parents who want to control what their children see on their smartphones, Mobile Spy allows a user to literally pick up everything a person does with their handset. In real time, no less.

Contents of emails, full transcription of text messages, copies of photos taken, all are available in real time as soon as they are either sent or taken to the 3rd party user who is monitoring the device. The application will also give you a GPS fix on the phone as well, allowing you to see if the person is where they should be or said they would be. Reading the press release, it feels like this is the type of app Steve Jobs would design as part of his crusade against pornography.

To give the company credit, they do mention some valid uses for this application including businesses who might have many employees spread over a large area, carrying company phones. An employer could use this to make sure theirr people are where they said they would be and aren’t doing things like sending out images of proprietary products or wasting company time on Facebook.

Whatever your desire is, this seems like the app for you if you want to be aware of everything that happens with someone using an Android phone.  Big Brother anyone?

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16 Comments

  1. Derrick
    May 03, 17:16 Reply

    And I can see it being used by parents who already have reason to worry about what their children may be doing. Still good for kids to have a phone, but also nice to know how the kids are using that phone when the parents aren't around. I think parent's should inform their kids about it so it can be used as more of a deterrent to stop your kids from doing things they know they shouldn't.???

  2. Mentat
    May 03, 17:59 Reply

    Perfect for parents who actually care about their kids. Big Brother – pshaw.

  3. wartickler
    May 03, 18:45 Reply

    This is awesome! We'll see if it works! I'd rather not tell my kids and be aware of what they do when I'm not around. This is no different from peeking around the corner at them while they play in their rooms. As a parent YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON WITH YOUR KIDS! It's not about Power. It's about Protection.

  4. Scott Magdalein
    May 03, 19:03 Reply

    Thanks for the heads up on this app. We actually just released our own monitoring and reporting app and it's available in the Android Market now. It's called Double Agent and it monitors your web browsing, search, and app installation activity and then emails that data to anyone you'd once a week.

    We prefer to aim monitoring apps at the important things done on a mobile device, like web browsing and which apps are installed. This makes the app more useful as an "accountability" tool and less like a "Big Brother" tool. Feel free to shoot me an email if you'd like more information of an interview.

  5. ExtremeT
    May 03, 16:48 Reply

    eeesh that's almost a little too much power for someone to have over another persons device activities. I can see this being used in some very wrong ways.

    • sophi
      May 04, 21:18 Reply

      i think those very wrong ways are the many purpose for something like this. especially if you can install it without their knowledge.

      also great way to encourage your kids to learn how to hack. i dunno…. if i was a kid and i knew my mom was watching my picture messages i'd totally be sending goatse and tubgirl out to my friends. my parent's learned pretty fast that monitoring my conversations wasn't worth it.

    • sophi
      May 04, 21:18 Reply

      i think those very wrong ways are the many purpose for something like this. especially if you can install it without their knowledge.

      also great way to encourage your kids to learn how to hack. i dunno…. if i was a kid and i knew my mom was watching my picture messages i'd totally be sending goatse and tubgirl out to my friends. my parent's learned pretty fast that monitoring my conversations wasn't worth it.

  6. Dan
    May 04, 02:34 Reply

    GPS tracking? Sounds like something Apple could have used with that iPad =/

  7. chuck
    May 04, 13:58 Reply

    That just seems like overkill to me. Good parents teach there kids right from trust, And trust what they have told them will keep them guided in the right direction. Reading every text, every pic sent/received, in 'real time'? Only parents that have no faith nor trust in their children use. Just my opinion…..

  8. chuck
    May 04, 14:00 Reply

    Right from wrong*.. not right from trust. My mistake

  9. Hello
    June 11, 11:17 Reply

    In my country, this is illegal. Someone using this would go to jail.
    I think it's a good thing, kids should have the same privacy rights as their parents.
    Question for parents: Would you like someone monitoring everything you do on your phone?
    Talk to your kids and make them understand what is wrong and what is right.

  10. khay
    July 13, 17:52 Reply

    nice post!! thanks for sharing i like it :p

  11. Android spy
    July 21, 07:45 Reply

    I think it is good for parents who are worried about their children to be exposed in pornographic and violence related content in the web. I'll try it to see for myself.

  12. stacy
    September 28, 12:26 Reply

    its great if you are a child.. but if you are 18+ it shouldn’t be an issue.. -_-

  13. Carolyn
    November 01, 09:36 Reply

    Would this work on the cruz reader?? Also where can I find the app??

    As a parent of a teenager this is very close to what I am looking for. I was actually looking for something that blocked content. Suggestions anyone?? Though this could allow a gateway for trust to be established or diminished.

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