Google Play Store pronto instalará aplicaciones prerregistradas automáticamente

Curious: Google shows the middle finger to someone else’s keyboard app in the Play Store

Google Play Store will soon install pre-registered apps automatically

Google is punishing the Fleksy keyboard for offering a middle finger emoji. Interestingly, the Android Gboard keyboard that Google offers does the same, but without any consequences. The funny thing about the story is that the Fleksy keyboard has received a higher age rating in the Google Play Store because it contains graphics that “glorify violence.” What it really means in this case is the middle finger emoji, […]


Google is punishing the Fleksy keyboard for offering a middle finger emoji. Interestingly, the Android Gboard keyboard that Google offers does the same, but without any consequences. The funny thing about the story is that the Fleksy keyboard has received a higher age rating in the Google Play Store because it contains graphics that “glorify violence.” What is really meant in this case is the middle finger emoji, as Google informed the developers of the Fleksy keyboard when asked.

Here the rabbit is in the pepper. Because we found such an emoji not only with Fleksy, but also on Gboard and all other keyboard apps that have the current emoji set. What Google is doing there is very unfair to the Fleksy application developers if all comparable applications and especially Google Gboard remain without similar consequences.

Google influences the apps it competes with

In Germany, Fleksy has a rating of USK 6, the Gboard with USK 0. In the US, Fleksy even has a rating of Pegi 12, the third highest level of this rating by age. Too high a rating can seriously hurt the app’s sales. Unfortunately, Google has yet to respond to a question about why these differences are being made, according to the Techcrunch report.

“The requirement that a keyboard app competitor have a much higher age rating than Google’s keyboard app is not a good thing, to say the least.”