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:

source: Google



1. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

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

9. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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.

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Play Store and quality? This I have to see.

3. SamsungEU

Posts: 147; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

Just shut up , okay?

4. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

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

5. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

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

6. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

very poor choice of words my friend

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?

8. fervid

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

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

10. alannyny

Posts: 30; Member since: Jun 27, 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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