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.
Verizon Selling the Ultra-Rugged Sonim XP5
Verizon Wireless today added the Sonim XP5 to its roster of rugged handsets. The XP5 is a bar-style feature phone that includes push-to-talk service (with a dedicated PTT button) for the working set.
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.