Google bringing age ratings to Android Market

The Android Market has succeeded with it’s open structure which allows developers to get their apps out to the public without the hassle that Apple imposes. One drawback though is that there haven’t been any regulated ratings for these apps. Google is finally addressing this. Starting this coming week, any new apps that are submitted to the Android Market need to have an age rating. Developers that do not comply will automatically have their apps rated “Mature”. Existing applications will also have to be rated, but there will be a bit more leniency for a few weeks so that developers can comply with the new ratings guidelines. Google is promising more changes to the Android Market soon. Hopefully some parental controls are in their plans. We’ll keep you posted.

Check out the specifics of the ratings here.

About Michael "Tebroc" Corbett

According to Mike's memory banks, his first experience with video games happened in 1981 on his brother Jim's Atari VCS - CX2600. (Mike is unsure of whether or not it was a Sunnyvale Edition.) Asteroids and Defender were his favorite games. Fast-forward 20 some years and he has gone on to save the princess but not any money. He never learned to read but now writes articles using speech-to-text technology. Awesome.