Google have announced that every Android app developer will soon have to submit an age rating to go along with their applications.
Age ratings will be a nessecary part of all future app submissions, with ratings gradually being applied to all exisiting Android Marketplace downloads.
“Providing users with more information about applications on Android Market has been a top request from Android users. 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”, said Eric Chu of the Android Developer Ecosystem.
“Android Market’s content policy remains the same as before: applications will be rated according to four content rating levels: All, Pre-teen, Teen, & Mature.”
It’s in developer’s best interests to submit the information quickly and accurately too: any app without a developer rating will automatically receive a “Mature” branding.
Not that that will be much of a deterrent for minors; the ratings are just a guideline, and can be downloaded by anyone of any age.