Google's recent updates to the Android Market have further refined the process of installing and purchasing apps, but they still haven't developed a suitable desktop alternative to browsing the thousands of Android apps available. AppBrain is a third-party website that fills this gap by allowing users to browse apps on their computers and then choose which ones to install on their phones.

AppBrain is a great tool, but it is limited by the policies of the Android Market, which allow almost any app to be installed. Unlike Apple's App Store, Google does not employ any kind of filtering system, so there are a number of apps which could be harmful for end users (i.e. apps with sexually explicit content, apps with malicious code, and apps which are merely spam). Therefore, users have, up to now, had to wade through hundreds of useless apps before finding the one that they are looking for.

To alleviate this problem, AppBrain has added a "mature content" filter, which warns users when they are entering a page for a sexually explicit app. According to the Android Market Content Policies, these apps shouldn't be in the Android Market in the first place, but pornographers probably don't care about that. According to AppBrain, these sexually explicit apps will not be censored or removed from the AppBrain website, but will instead be hidden from most users.


The new feature launched today on the AppBrain website, and will be available on AppBrain's Android app after the next update.

Source: AppBrain Blog

Abhiroop Basu
Abhiroop Basu is an opinionated tech and digital media blogger. As a doe-eyed twenty-something he started his first blog TechComet to comment on anything tech-related that caught his omniscient eye. Since then he has blogged for Android Police, Make Tech Easier, and This Green Machine. In the real world, Abhiroop Basu is a resident of Singapore and the Editor of The Digit, a subsidiary of The Potato Productions Group.

  • brett

    Is there a filter that allows us to ONLY see the adult content? ;-)

    • Donato Orlando

      Exactly what I was thinking.

  • Slie

    I wish there was a filter that would let you mark the ones that are totally not even what you would think about so you can sift through the rest!

    Not just the ones on top.

  • Eric

    I didn't even know the market had adult content.

    • Coldman

      Oh, welcome to the Android Market. Do you smell that? It's the smell of freedom.

  • Mysterious developer

    Ugh. Appbrain is such a bunch of liars.
    There 'spam' filter also blocks apps with 50+ 5 star ratings.

    Now they are pretending they are blocking porn from their listings were in reality they blocking bikini girl apps (google routinely removes true porn from android market) and anything with the words 'asian' or wallpaper in the title.

    If you can't handle bikinis here's an idea: get an iPhone