Android Market

Android applications soon will display content ratings in the Android Market, Google announced today. The four ratings that apps will fall under include:

  • All
  • Pre-teen
  • Teen
  • Mature

Starting next week, developers submitting new or updated apps will have to include one of the four ratings. Existing applications also will have to be rated in the coming weeks. Ratings will be listed by the developers, so it'll be interesting to see how and if this is policed. If no rating is listed, the app will default to "mature." We also have to wonder how long it'll take the carriers to offer some sort of parental control over what can be seen in the Android Market -- and that would have some pretty serious repercussions.

But we're getting a little ahead of ourselves. This is but one of a number of changes lately. Glad to see the Android Market growing and getting better. [Google]

 
There are 14 comments

MowDownJoe says:

And with that, hopefully we'll be able to filter by rating. As well as use "Mark for inappropriate" when the content doesn't fit in the rating.

...$50 says all the "Sexy Lady" apps get shoehorned into "All" by their bot-creators.

DrDiff says:

Curious to know how some of my favorite apps, C:Geo Bump Foursquare tapatalk pro and others, will be rated...

Smokexz says:

I am assuming this is for the plethora of nudity apps on the market?

Go Android! says:

I hope Google has the ability to override an app rating. Imagine porn in the pre-teen section. Lol.

But this might help with all the spam. I'm tired of passing through all the naked girls apps.

mullrat#WN says:

I thought android was open? What's with the rating system? They gonna start denying apps like the a-store?

They need to not do this. If they do the market becomes just a poor copy of the apple app store. The openness of the market is what makes it unique. Booooooo

So if I make a widget of some sort that's nothing but a picture of my erect penis, you're fine with your daughter being able to download and install it without a warning of what it is?

enzofall says:

I'm with jerry...no penis widgets allowed lol.....

LOL. Actually, I welcome as many penis widgets as developers want to create. As long as there is some sort of content filtering in place so I don't have to dig through them, unless I want to.

hoosiercub says:

Oddly enough, I don't think that there could be a theoretical penis widget, the manhunt app for Android is censored to remove any adult/x rated pictures and replace them with a 'too hot for android' jpg instead.

hoosiercub says:

Oddly enough, I don't think that there could be a theoretical penis widget, the manhunt app for Android is censored to remove any adult/x rated pictures and replace them with a 'too hot for android' jpg instead. Manhunt said this was to comply with Android regulation.

storm14k says:

OMG I wish some people would just erase the word open from their vocabulary. Telling users the intended audience for your app has nothing to do with open source.

Go Android! says:

Android would still be open even if they had an approval process like Apple.

Also, Google said nudity isn't allowed in the Android Market.

strick1226 says:

I think this is a great move by Google. In the eyes of many non-technical potential users, it helps present the Android platform as something that's parent-friendly, and a worthy competitor to Apple's offerings.

Aside from that, I really look forward to the bonus result of not having to browse past so many useless nudie apps in the middle of a legitimate search.

How about one more rating: Weak.