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Android Developers Can Rate the Content of Their Apps Starting Today

There have been a variety of Android market updates on the developer side of things over the past few weeks as we patiently await the arrival of Gingerbread, and one of them in particular went live today.  App developers can now rate their applications as either Mature, Teen, Pre-teen or All with the help of these guidelines.

Here are some examples of how apps should be rated:

Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs

Apps that include references to drugs, alcohol or tobacco products or their use should be rated “Teen” or above. Apps that focus on the consumption or sale of drugs, alcohol or tobacco should be rated “Mature”. Illegal activity or content that is targeted at minors is not allowed in Android Market.

Gambling

Apps with gambling themes or that include simulated gambling should be rated “Teen” or above. Real gambling is not allowed in Android Market.

Hate

Hate speech is not allowed in Android Market. If your app includes inflammatory content that may be offensive to many users, please rate it “Teen” or above.

Market improvements like this were needed so badly.  Thanks Android team!

Cheers Greg!

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