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Android Market Apps To Gain Mandatory Content Ratings Next Week

The Android Market has been getting quite a bit of attention lately, with a 6-hour maintenance, a whole host of new fields available to developers, and the rumored web version that is supposed to arrive with Gingerbread. Today, Googler Eric Chu shined some light on the next upcoming feature - mandatory content ratings for Android apps. In a post over at Google's Android developers blog, Eric announced that in the next few weeks, all apps will gain a content rating level, specifically:

  • All
  • Pre-teen
  • Teen
  • Mature

Starting next week, Android developers posting or updating their apps in the Market will be required to set the rating.

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Google Adds Change Log Field To Android Marketplace App Pages

Good news, developers: Google is finally giving you the opportunity to formally submit a description of changes to your app in its latest version. Many devs were doing this in the description field already, but were constrained by the character limit in place. This new option frees up some space in the description for ... well, further description, and is sure to please some application developers out there. No sign of the ability to respond to user comments, though, sorry.

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Google Maps 4.6 Goes Up, Android Market Goes Down...

As you may have noticed over the last couple of days, the Android Market hasn't been doing too well. Downloads have started, and then failed, failed to start, started to fail, and just generally failed in every imaginable way. There once was a time when clearing such-and-such cache would fix this sporadic issue, but it seems that even this black magic no longer suffices. Threads have been popping up all over the Android-tinted corners of the 'net with people unable to download anything from the Market.

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PayPal Payment May Be Coming To The Android Market

According to news website TheStreet, Google may be finally relenting on the Google Checkout-only system currently employed in the Android Market by letting PayPal in on the action. This is a facility that users have demanded for some time, and the ubiquity and convenience of PayPal payment should be a nice incentive for people to buy apps if they have not done so before. TheStreet also speculates that this new payment option may be the final piece of the puzzle in the long-awaited Google Music project, allowing for seamless payment from your device or PC.

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AppBrain App Updated Again, Adds Handful Of New (Awesome) Features

Looks like the already-awesome AppBrain App Market app (yea, it's a little hard to wrap your head around that one) has been updated today, and now includes some pretty awesome new features:

  • Cloud to Device app uninstalls
  • Set wallpaper
  • Send URL to phone
  • Landscape mode
  • Dark theme

Cloud to device uninstalls are by far the big winner there - AppBrain already allowed some pretty awesome remote control over your phone's apps via your PC, and remote uninstall is a major addition to the existing feature set.

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Distimo May Know What New Countries Are Getting Paid Android Market Support

On Saturday, Google revealed that they are planning on bringing access to paid applications to more countries, but didn't actually reveal which countries they have in mind. Enter Distimo (their name may sound familiar thanks to their App Store analytics reports), who thinks they may have a clue as to what countries are on Google's list.

The way they came up with their guesses? They noticed a number of new countries where paid apps have been added to the Market:

  • Argentina
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Finland
  • Hong Kong
  • Israel
  • Mexico
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Slovakia
  • Singapore
  • South Africa

They're not sure if people can actually purchase the apps yet, and they point out that the list may be incomplete (or inaccurate).

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AppBrain Rolls Out New Ways To Search, Filter, And Discover Your Next Favorite Apps In The Android Market

Let's face it: browsing the Android Market on your desktop currently sucks. For one thing, there aren't any categories - just "Top Free" and "Top Paid." For another, there's no search!

On your phone, the situation isn't much better - you can search, which is good if you know what you're looking for in advance but you still can't filter those results. And discovering new apps is just downright horrible.

This is where sites like AppBrain come in.

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[App Of The Week] ExtendedControls, A Power Control Widget On Steroids + Giveaway For 50 Licenses!

This contest is now over. We have selected the winners - see if you are one of them towards the bottom of the page.

ExtendedControls - Power Control On Steroids

Do you like Android’s native Power Control widget? Are you unable to go through the day without using it more times than you can count? Do you wish it had a few more buttons (for things like Airplane Mode, or a flashlight) and that they could all fit in one row?

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Android Market Developer Distribution Agreement Updated To Allow Carrier Billing. Paid Apps In More International Markets Soon?

In a short post on the Android developers blog, Googler Tim Bray let word out that the Android Market’s Developer Distribution Agreement had been updated in a significant way:

Posted by Tim Bray on 23 July 2010 at 5:24 PM

Please note that we have updated the Android Market Developer Distribution Agreement (DDA). This is in preparation for some work we’re doing on introducing new payment options, which we think developers will like.

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AOL Chooses Android Over iOS For Newest Apps

Today, AOL released two new applications for Android as well as an HTLML5 web app for the other guys. The two applications, AOL Portal and AOL Daily Finance, are the latest in a line of mobile applications bridging platforms. The AOL portal app is the first application AOL has chosen to release on Android, but not on iOS.

When asked why the company chose Android over iOS and other platforms, David Temkin, VP of Mobile for AOL said “Momentum is the key reason.”

AOL is banking on Android’s momentum to carry their product to the greater body of users but also mentioned that an iOS version may follow the Android version in the future.

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