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Google to introduce 'Mature' ratings for Android Market

Google to introduce 'Mature' ratings for Android Market

Google is set to introduce a rating system for the Android Market in the next couple of weeks that will prevent naughty apps from falling into the hands of minors.

A rating system similar to that used by the games industry will classify apps as 'All', 'Pre-teen', 'Teen' and 'Mature', which Google says was a "a top request from Android users." It should, in theory at least, put an end to the unchecked access for underage users to countless saucy apps that have saturated the Android Market.

Eric Chu of the Android Developer Ecosystem, said: "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."

Initially, developers themselves will be responsible for rating their apps and games for the appropriate audience. However, we can’t help but feel concerned that some crafty developers will try to abuse the system, so hopefully Google itself will also check and modify the ratings accordingly before approving them.

It may not be foolproof, but we definitely like the idea of mature rated content over chucking them out completely.

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