RIM Pushing Content Ratings to BlackBerry App World
Research In Motion today indicated that it is performing an upgrade on its BlackBerry App World that, when complete, will deliver content rating to the storefront. RIM says the rating system is based on feedback from its carrier, consumer, and developer partners. Applications will be given ratings such as G (appropriate for most users) or T (appropriate for users in their teens and up). RIM believes the rating system will help parents better manage the content their children are consuming via their mobile phones. RIM also plans to push out a device-side client that will allow parents to set rating filters. After the filters are set, only apps that meet the filter's requirements will be visible when browsing App World.
AT&T Debuts Rugged Mobile Hotspot
AT&T today announced the Unite Explore, a mobile hotspot that's been ruggedized to withstand abuse. The hotspot has earned the mil-spec 810G and IR65 ratings for protection against shock, temperature extremes, vibration, water, and dust.
Google's Family Link App to Help Manage Kid Phones
Google today announced Family Link, an app and service parents can use to set up and monitor Android smartphones for their children. Parents can use the app to create Google accounts for kids younger than age 13, which is linked to the parent account.
Instagram Adds New Filters to Android and iOS Apps
Instagram today pushed out an update to the Android and iOS versions of its mobile photography application. The app adds five filters, the first new ones to appear in several years.
Google to Stream App Content Via Search
Google today said its mobile search tool is now able to show content that may be buried within apps. Google began indexing the content of mobile apps two years ago, and has more than 100 billion deep links into apps such as Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.
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.