As the Android platform continues to grow and the number of applications increases, Google have announced that content ratings will soon be added to apps in the Android Market.
Stewart Mitchell of PC PRO is reporting that Google are introducing the ratings to help shield children from violent and sexual content. Consumers have requested more information on age suitability of app content according to Google.
Android developer Eric Chu said via the Android blog “We will be showing content ratings for all applications on Android Market,” “The content policy remains the same as before: applications will be rated according to four content rating levels: All, Pre-teen, Teen, and Mature.”
Chu added that app developers will have to include a rating when submitting updated or new applications, and any applications that don’t have a rating will be classified as ‘Mature’ when going live. According to the guidelines applications that contain fantasy or mild cartoon violence should be rated ‘Pre-Teen’ or above.
Intense or realistic violence should be classified as ‘Teen’ or above, with Graphic violence getting a rating of ‘Mature’. Applications with a rating suitable for ‘All’ should not ask for a user’s location or have user generated content. Ratings should start to be added in the coming weeks.