According the official Android Developer’s Blog, one of the top requests from users has been for more information about app content. While we’re sure people do want to know more about the content of apps, we think that there could be a couple of other things topping that list. Gingerbread anyone?
While we still await an update on the Android OS, users of the Android Market will soon be able to see content ratings for all applications and games based on what they contain. Google unveiled the Android Market in August 2008 and is only now introducing the content rating system, which has been in Apple’s App Store since the inception of iOS 3.0.
The blog stated: “Starting in a few weeks, we will be showing content ratings for all applications on Android Market. This new capability will provide users with additional information to help them select the best applications for them.” There will be four categories: All, Pre-teen, Teen and Mature. Further information about how developers should rate their apps and games is available here. It deals with content in relation to alcohol, drugs, gambling, hate, location, sexual content and violence among others.
From next week on, developers submitting new or updated apps will be required to include a rating for all applications and games uploaded onto Android Market. In addition, developers will have the next couple of weeks to add a rating to their existing applications and games. Once content rating is visible to users, any applications or games that do not include a rating will automatically marked as Mature.
Not content with announcing that, the blog post added: “We are working hard to rapidly deliver improvements and upgrades to Android Market. Please look for more Android Market upgrades in the coming weeks.” Thos guys at Google sure know how to tease us. We are presuming the upgrades they speak of could have something to do with Gingerbread so stay tuned for more updates.
Source: Android Developer’s Blog