Android Market rating system now available to developers

If you remember a little while back, roughly one week ago, we ran a story here at DroidDog about how the Android Market would soon see a new ratings system implemented by Google. Well starting today, that ratings system is now available to app developers via the developer console. As a quick refresher, the ratings will be grouped by All, Pre-Teen, Teen, or Mature, and shall be labeled according to this guide:

Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs

Apps that include references to drugs, alcohol or tobacco products or their use should be rated “Teen” or above. Apps that focus on the consumption or sale of drugs, alcohol or tobacco should be rated “Mature”. Illegal activity or content that is targeted at minors is not allowed in Android Market.

Gambling

Apps with gambling themes or that include simulated gambling should be rated “Teen” or above. Real gambling is not allowed in Android Market.

Hate

Hate speech is not allowed in Android Market. If your app includes inflammatory content that may be offensive to many users, please rate it “Teen” or above.

Location

Applications rated “All” should not ask users for their location at any point. Apps that ask to access course or fine location data should be rated “Pre-Teen” or above. Apps that enable users to publish or share their location with others should be rated “Teen” or above.

Profanity and Crude Humor

Apps that include profanity or crude humor should be rated “Teen” or above.

Sexual and Suggestive Content

Apps that include suggestive or sexual references should be rated “Teen” or above. Apps that focus on such content should be rated “Mature”. Pornography is not allowed in Android Market.

User Generated Content and User to User Communication

Apps rated “All” should not host any user generated content or enable communication between users. Apps that focus on allowing users to find and communicate with each other should be rated “Teen” or above.

Violence

Apps that include mild cartoon or fantasy violence should be rated “Pre-Teen” or above. Realistic or intense fantasy violence should be rated “Teen” or above. Graphic violence should be rated ‘“Mature”. Gratuitous real violence is not allowed in Android Market.

Exactly when the ratings will appear in the Market is yet to be seen, but it can’t be far off now.

Via Android Central

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