This post is about a great update to an app designed to look at porn. It's not safe for work or children, and some readers may find the content offensive.

Really. I don't want to offend anyone here, I just want to write about an Android app that's done really well. If you don't want to read about pornography, please hit your back button and know that we don't judge you or anyone else.

We first had a look at the PlanetPron app for Android when the service first launched. It's an adult app and an adult service that has pictures and video of adults doing adult things, for consenting adults to watch. But just because it's all about pornography doesn't mean that the app shouldn't be done well, and the service doesn't have to be secure. There's a big update coming very soon for the Android app, and it's worth revisiting.

PlanetPron

The first thing you'll notice with the new app is the Material Design UI. The home screen consists of a grid of content (that we can't show you for reasons) that's scrollable, and built with high-resolution thumbnails of the content itself. To have a closer look at something, you just tap the content block, and an image or video will open in a new screen. Once there, you'll find your content at the top and icons for sharing, related content, a menu, and comments. Turn your phone or tablet to landscape, and the content becomes full screen. It's very similar to the way the YouTube app works in that regard.

Back on the home screen, you'll find all the settings and ways to navigate in the hamburger menu to the left. Tap the icon in the upper left or slide your finger to the right to pull the drawer open, and you'll see the content menu where you can choose what to show on the home screen, a tab that takes you to the categories and a tab for messages. According to PlanetPron, the models often feel like chatting through the messaging section, so having it somewhere handy makes sense.

I'm most impressed that the app requires no special permissions, and doesn't track what you're doing

The content menu is straightforward, and it's where you decide what type of content is shown on the home screen. You can choose to see only photos, or only videos or both, and also pick whether you want to see the content collected from the categories you choose, or see PlanetPron's Amateur Showcase — a revenue sharing platform where amateur models can submit their own photos or videos. Premium members can also store a list of favorite pictures or videos, and also track content creators you're following through the service. Finally, you'll find sorting options such as trending or "I'm feeling Lucky" as well as sorting based on number of comments, ratings or number of favorites.

Jump over to the categories tab and you can choose the type of pron you want to see. Straight man on woman (or group) action is well represented, and there's a lesbian category, but man on man or transgender content isn't present in the sorting options. PlanetPron certainly isn't the only porn service to leave out categories of this nature, but we do wish the service was more inclusive — it does so many other things really well. You will find plenty of categories if you're straight or like to see ladies with other ladies, with options ranging from Amateur to Webcam, though.

A tap on the gear icon brings you to the settings page. There's a lot here to like. I'll start with Night Mode — it's just what you think it is. A dark interface where the things that used to be white are now black, and vice-versa. That's always a fan favorite. You'll also find your account settings for both free and premium memberships, terms and conditions (read them!), tech support and a place where you can submit your own content. In addition, there are a couple of security settings many will appreciate — you can choose an icon that doesn't say "porn" anywhere for the app, and a PIN lock to keep the content and your settings private. The PIN is required anytime you leave the app or the screen times out, and it works with Marshmallow's fingerprint authentication API to unlock with a fingerprint.

App locking works with a PIN or the Marshmallow fingerprint authentication API

Most impressive (to me, anyway) is that the app requires no special permissions. You'll need to allow internet access and let the app listen for phone calls so it can be quieted and minimized when one comes in, but no location is requested, and no ad servers or trackers want to see your contacts or settings. PlanetPron is a legitimate business as far as we can tell, and makes their money from paid memberships instead of crappy ads and tracking their users. Premium membership is $7.99 per month, automatically pulled from your credit card unless canceled. Billing is charged through Epoch Payment Solutions.

You won't find the PlanetPron app in Google Play, of course. You can install it from their mobile app portal, and you'll need to allow unknown sources to install it. You can (and should) revoke that access once you're finished. The update to this version is coming over the weekend, but you can download the existing version now. Everything still works, but some of these new features aren't yet present.

Download: PlanetPron

There are plenty of porn apps out there that can show you the videos and pictures you might be looking for, but if you're looking for something that's done well, you should have a look at PlanetPron.

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