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Google makes a big change for Android apps

Google makes a big change for Android apps
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There's big news in the way Google is changing how it rates Android apps and games available on the Google Play store. This is intended to help users figure out which content is appropriate for specific age groups. As a parent, I am all for this new rating system.

Under these new guidelines, Google will ask app developers to fill out a questionnaire about their app or game to determine which rating is appropriate. In the past, app developers simply chose their own ratings.

Google has worked with the International Age Rating Coalition and local ratings bodies including the ESRB, PEGI, USK, ClassInd and the Australian Classification Board on the new system.

Starting in May, every developer updating an app or creating a new one will have to fill out Google's rating questionnaire. Existing apps will be labeled as unrated in the Google Play store.

Next page: How does Google determine app ratings.
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