The new rules, according to Google, are as a result of Android users asking for more information on apps.
“Starting in a few weeks, we will be showing content ratings for all applications on Android Market. This new capability will provide users with additional information to help them select the best applications for them,” Eric Chu, who works with Google’s Android Developer Ecosystem said in a blog post.
He added that developers will now have to include a rating for all new and updated games they add to the Android Market as well as rate their existing apps over the next few weeks.
The ratings are split into different categories, all, pre-teen, teen and mature. If developers fail to rate their apps they will automatically be labelled as “mature.”
The ratings are split into different categories, all, pre-teen, teen and mature.
Android has long been known as the “naughty” apps site allowing users to download porn after Apple and Microsoft put in place measures to stop developers from creating these apps.
In the past it’s been criticised for its policy of allowing any application in the market, and then removing any that are found to break its rules.
In September, Microsoft moved to banish any naughty apps from its upcoming Windows Phone 7 by publishing guidelines for developers looking to create programs for its forthcoming Windows Phone 7 platform. One underlying theme was a stringent focus on banning apps with violent and sexual themes.