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Getting in touch with users who (anonymously) left poor ratings on Google Play

Let’s say you just published a brand new app on Google Play, then the first couple of days are crucial. Every review/rating counts and nothing will get your blood pressure up like unjustified downvotes. Let’s face it, some users plain

Posted in Android, Tinkering

Another day, another cold call

Telephones… you wish, Alexander Graham Bell would have come up with a design that mandates a conductive plate in the earpiece, so you can remotely shock your peer in case s/he says something stupid, behaves like an asshole or both,

Posted in Rants

Google Play, GSF ID, useragent, app compatibility?

I get asked fairly often (in various ways) how Google Play determines if an app is compatible with a device.

Posted in Android

Fingerprints are NOT passwords!

The three basic rules for password security are: Never write your password down. Someone might find your note. Never use the same password for different services. Otherwise you give the operators of one service access to the other. Change your

Posted in Security

Simple hardware hack to make your PC fast again

Did you ever have feeling that your computer has been getting slower lately? Got dropping Framerate for no apparent reason? Everything generally feeling more laggy, even though the software stayed the same?

Posted in Tips and Tricks

The pitfall of the digital assistant

Food for thoughts: digital assistants with voice recognition are suppose to save us time: we can simply speak our mind and they already know how to perform complex tasks, thus saving us the hassle of pushing buttons and carrying out

Posted in Persepective

Raccoon, Google Play, APK download and the offertype

One of the cool features of Raccoon is the ability to downgrade apps when a developer screws you over with an update. However, in order to do so, you must supply the following download parameters yourself:

Posted in Android, Coding

Update on the “Bypassing region restrictions” thing.

Wow, this ipCountryOverride thing is tough. I mean, with mccMncOverride,  the content/format of the value is obvious. But how does Play expect a country to be specified? Could be a two letter country code, could be a locale string, might

Posted in Coding

Help Wanted: Got a phone/tablet with a debug build of Android 6 or higher?

I’m kinda stuck here, trying to keep Raccoon up to date with the latest changes on Google Play. It’s nothing critical (yet), but we are missing out on some fancy stuff since Raccoon can’t interpret some of the data it

Posted in Android, Coding

Bypassing region restrictions on Google Play

I keep forgetting this, but since I’m in the process of phasing the akdeniz library out of Raccoon: it may not actually be nescessary to use proxies to bypass region restriction on Google Play. There is a HTTP GET request

Posted in Android, Note to self