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Google launches a new review and rating system for Play Store apps

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Google launches a new review and rating system for Play Store apps

Google's Play Store has been a ragtag crew of apps in terms of submission and posting criteria, and the subsequent ratings and quality of applications. This fact will be no more, it seems, as the company just announced it will be introducing an age-rating system, manual app review, and other undertakings aimed to increase the quality of apps in the Play Store.

Developers will still be able to get submission requests approved or rejected "in a matter of hours," but the apps will be scrutinized much earlier in the process for eventual policy and standards violations. As for the ratings system, it will be automatic, but devs will be able to fill a questionnaire for a more targeted approach to determining whether their app is suitable for kids or for adults. These are the rating systems that Google will follow:

Google Play’s new rating system includes official ratings from the International Age Rating Coalition (IARC) and its participating bodies, including the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), Pan-European Game Information (PEGI), Australian Classification Board, Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle (USK) and Classificação Indicativa (ClassInd). Territories not covered by a specific ratings authority will display an age-based, generic rating. The process is quick, automated and free to developers.

source: Google

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posted on 17 Mar 2015, 09:54

1. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Would be funny to see a seemingly innocent app get a PG13 or NC16 rating

posted on 18 Mar 2015, 13:18

9. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


They wouldn't because they use the ESRB/PEGI/etc. ratings and not the MPAA/RIAA/etc. ratings for movies, music, etc. They consider the apps/games the same as pc/console game software for ratings when it comes to mobile apps.

posted on 17 Mar 2015, 10:17 1

2. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


Play Store and quality? This I have to see.

posted on 17 Mar 2015, 10:35 10

3. SamsungEU (Posts: 147; Member since: 29 Dec 2014)


Just shut up , okay?

posted on 17 Mar 2015, 10:49 15

4. Finalflash (Posts: 3578; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


You can't, the iWool over your eyes isn't see through.

posted on 17 Mar 2015, 12:13 6

5. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 906; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


womp womp.. Even as a troll comment that was a fail.

posted on 17 Mar 2015, 16:49

6. shahrooz (Posts: 785; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


very poor choice of words my friend

posted on 17 Mar 2015, 16:53

7. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


Instead of boohooing go take a look for yourselves. Why else does the App Store makes more revenue from apps than the Play Store?

posted on 17 Mar 2015, 21:14 3

8. fervid (Posts: 183; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Because they charge more and all their followers drank the kool-aid and open their wallets.

posted on 18 Mar 2015, 14:33

10. alannyny (Posts: 30; Member since: 27 Jun 2012)


And when will we be able to filter and sort by user review, totally free vs. time-limited, price, etc.?

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