Content rating for apps in Android Market

For all those of you with Android smartphones and who enjoy using Android apps, the news came out yesterday that Android Market is to have a new system whereby all apps will have to have a content rating, in much the same way as Apple has with its App Store.

The announcement came from Eric Chu, Android Developer Ecosystem lead, and the new system’s ratings will be based on such detail as violence, sex, offensive speech, the amounts of drugs and alcohol and other specifications according to an item on Electronista. Apps without a rating will automatically be allocated a ‘Mature’ rating.

Other ratings are Pre-Teen and Teen as well as an All category which means safe for everyone. Details of software controls have not been given yet although other changes to the Android Market are expected, with many anticipated to correspond with the release of Android 2.3, Gingerbread.

For more on this go to electronista.com. What are your thoughts on content ratings for Android Market apps? Will this be an attractive proposition for developers? We’d be interested to hear from you so please feel free to send us your comments.