Android Market Matures with Mandatory Application Ratings

Just a quick post tonight, getting ready for a busy Thanksgiving weekend. I read an interesting and promising post post today about Android Market, specifically that they are making applications rating mandatory. This means that whenever a developer submits an application they’ll need to give it one of four ratings: All, Pre-Teen, Teen and Mature.

Ever since I got my first iPhone, I’ve always felt that the app store needed more structure. It makes browsing and searching for apps easier, no doubt, but this classification of ratings can have many other uses as well. My daughter will typically play games on my phone. It’d be nice to be able to flip it into “kid mode” before handing over to her, in which case she could only open apps rated as “All” or “Pre-teen.” It’s not that I have pornographic apps, but I really don’t need my 5-year-old playing around with my online banking app a first person shooter. This kind of categorization, among others, are a good step in the right direction for organizing the plethora of apps that will become such a large part of our lives in the future.

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