Answering support mail is fun…

There are tons of reasons, why Raccoon might not find an app (or produce any search results to begin with). Today, I learned of a new one: user tried to mimic a Gingerbread device (I’m not happy with little “details” like this one being kept back till the 10. email!).

I’m not quite sure what to say here, except the following:

  1. Raccoon allows you to experiment. That’s the whole premise. However, if you choose to do something outlandish and it doesn’t work, don’t come running to me. At least not without telling me precisely what you did! You are not the only one sending me support mails and I simply don’t have the time (or the nerve) to drag it out of you in hour long email conversations!
  2. Google changed the wire protocol somewhere between Android 2.x and 4.x. Given that Gingerbread is a dying breed, Raccoon only supports the newer format. If you use DummyDroid to obtain a GSF ID for an ancient phone, you simply won’t see any search results. Play then switches to compatibility mode and sends data, Raccoon can’t make heads or tail out of.
  3. An Android app can specify the minimum and the maximum OS version, it will run on. Only the first one is required, though and since Android tries to stay backwards compatible at all costs (usually the cost of all sanity), most app developers keep it open ended. That is, if an app was written in the Gingerbread days, it can very likely be downloaded with a Nougat profile as well.

Considering the last two points, I won’t add Android v2.x support to Raccoon. That train has left!

Posted in Android, Rants