Verizon Adds ESRB-Approved Ratings to App Store
Verizon Wireless today announced that it has applied the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) content ratings to all the applications in its own app store (including legacy apps). The CTIA Wireless association announced that it was working with the ESRB to develop the ratings system for apps last year. Verizon Wireless is the first major U.S. carrier to implement the rating system. It is meant to help parents better understand the age-appropriateness of apps and services, and to make informed content purchase decisions.
Pandora's Latest Update Emphasizes Personalization
Pandora today revealed changes to its Android and iOS applications that will make customizing stations and the listening experience easier. The first new feature is the beta release of Pandora's Station Personalization interface, which includes new transitions and animations that make it clearer to users the stations and playlists to which they are listening.
Google Adds Ratings to Apps in Play Store
Google today made two significant changes to how it operators the Play Store. First, it has added an age-based ratings system.
Verizon Discontinues Free Content Filtering Service
Verizon Wireless this week retired its content filtering service. The tool was initially made available to account holders in order to prevent devices from accessing certain types of content via the web and the Google Play Store.
Verizon Zero-Rates Its Go90 Video App
Verizon Wireless today updated its go90 video app and will allow customers to stream all the go90 content they want over LTE without it impacting their data bucket. The go90 app is making use of Verizon's FreeBee Data 360 sponsored data service, which Verizon launched last month.
Verizon Adds Casting Support to iOS go90 App
Verizon Wireless updated its go90 mobile video app this week, making it possible to push content from the iPhone to TVs via Apple TV and Chromecast. Verizon says the app has a new design with simplified navigation, and now more visibly curates video content based on category, such as action, comedy, drama, or reality.