Monday, February 27, 2012
Droid and (iPhone) offer parents content ratings for downloadable apps
Having just bought a Motorola Droid with a new Verizon contract, I’m not real familiar with how its entire world works yet. But last night, while on the Metro on the way to the Oscars party, I did the standard VCast application update and sync download, clicked “agree”, and was greeted with a list of “content ratings” similar to movie ratings that apply.
I’m not sure how it works, but apparently the Droid offers parents some capacity to regulate the apps their kids can download.
I found some mention of this in a forums site here.
Rachel MacKinnon, in her book “Consent of the Networked” (Book Review blog, Feb. 25), says that the Apple iPhone is somewhat stricter in pulling inappropriate apps than the Droid, perhaps in a way that some would see as interfering with free speech, although private companies can “do what they want”.