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Weirded out about photo-sharing and privacy? Try Kicksend for Android

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Yesterday, we brought you news of a boneheaded teenager whose house was robbed due to indiscreet photo sharing. Today, we bring you a cure for what ails her — and some of you, too.

Kicksend, the app for sharing large batches of photos and videos with small, specific groups of people, has finally launched its Android app.

With the new mobile application, you can send photos, videos, and all other kinds of files to anyone — friends, family, individuals, groups, you name it.

Perhaps best of all, the app will let you send big batches of files (for example, pics of your one-year-old’s recent birthday party), and you can create and send to lists of contacts (say, all the grandparents). Since the sending is accomplished outside of traditional social networks, it all stays private.

“Today, everyone has a camera and video-recorder in their pocket, but we all have different ideas about what we want shared publicly and when,” said Kicksend co-founder Pradeep Elankumaran in an email to VentureBeat. “Kicksend was built with the idea that we’re moving away from blast-it-out style sharing and more to a granular, quality over quantity, send to the right people for the right reasons style sharing.”

The Android app (like Kicksend’s other apps) has built-in commenting, which is also private. The Android app is totally free, no matter how many fies you send or how much bandwidth you use.

Here’s a sneak peek at the UI and some of the features:

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“We’re incredibly excited to bring the magic of Kicksend to Android users,” said Kicksend co-founder Brendan Lim in a release. “For the first time, Android users have an easy way to get large batches of photos off of their phones and into the hands of friends and family.”

Kicksend already has an iPhone app and a Windows desktop app. And just a couple weeks ago, the startup relaunched its web app with a shiny new interface and made all its applications — including mobile, web, and desktop — free of charge for users.

Kicksend emerged from the bowels of Y Combinator, the esteemed Silicon Valley incubator, just last year and has offices in Mountain View. In the past 12 months, the startup has received seed funding from True Ventures, Digital Garage, Ron Conway’s SV Angel, Start Fund, and Milo.com CEO Jack Abraham.

Image courtesy of Warren Goldswain, Shutterstock

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