+ Thursday November 14th, 2019

In May we saw some changes to Google’s developer policies that meant apps had to have identified age targets. The aim of this change is to make the Play Store is a safe place for kids to navigate with minimal supervision.

This has finally manifested in the Play Store, where developers have a number of options. Aside from specifying their target age, developers can choose to add a banner with the warning “not designed for children” – and that banner is now appearing on some apps’ listings.

The banner appears immediately below the install option buttons.

From a parent’s perspective the warning is a good start, but I’d love to see it taken a step further – parental controls could prevent kids from seeing or installing these apps, or require them to ask permission to do so. Perhaps an update for the future…

Source: 9 to 5 Google.

Phil Tann   Associate

Phil Tann

Phil is an Android enthusiast who spends most of his time reading up on U.S. Android news so he can get the low down on what could possibly hit Australian shores. Coming from a background in IT & T sales, he’s in the perfect position to give an educated view on hardware and software.

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