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Increasing the downloadcount of your Apps on Google Play

I occasionally get mail from Android App developers asking me, if and how they can use Raccoon to boost their app’s install counter on the Playstore.

Posted in Android

Update on the Pagination issue in Raccoon

Ok, I spent some time on figuring out why pagination is broken in Raccoon. About half of what I wrote previously is wrong. So much for trying to solve a problem late night. Current state of knowledge:

Posted in Android, Note to self

Google Play categories by number

I keep forgetting these, so I better write them down in case I find the time to develop Raccoon  into a full Google Play client (not just for downloading apps): Books Music Apps Movies Unknown/Unused Kiosk

Posted in Android, Coding, Note to self

And Google broke Raccoon again…

Why do they always do this when I have absolutely no spare time to fix problems? /sigh Problem description: Pagination is broken. You just get the first page over and over again when trying to get more results.

Posted in Android, Note to self

Raccoon not finding Pokemon Go?

Since I just had a couple mails about this: Raccoon is able to download Pokemon Go, but Play allows developers to geo block their products (and Niantic uses geo blocking to stop their servers from getting overrun). If you are

Posted in Android

Pokemon Go APK download

Looks like Pokemon Go is the hottest game for Android right now and I just noticed the curious lack of support requests in my inbox. In fact, I haven’t had a single ticket in weeks, asking about how to download

Posted in Android

Workaround: Raccoon v3.6 login error with new accounts

Is it your dream to one day work for Google? Stop dreaming! By now I spent quite some time digging around in the Android codebase and “nightmare” is pretty much the nicest word I can find for it. Android under

Posted in Android

Hotfix release for Raccoon

Well, that went faster than expected. Thanks to all who helped! The trick simply was to masquerade as a Jelly Bean device when requesting the AUTH token (cheers for legacy devices which Google can’t afford to lock out of Play,

Posted in Android

I really, really, really hate working on DummyDroid

There’s about a hundred of variables that play a role in determining Android app compatibility. Most of them pulled from some nether regions of your phone and  some having to be assembled in a particular way (which is of course

Posted in Android

Android Permissions explained: com.android.vending.CHECK_LICENSE

If you are a Raccoon user, you’ve probably come across apps that request the com.android.vending.CHECK_LICENCSE  permission. It is used exclusively by apps that are sold on Play and pretty much a red flag. CHECK_LICENSE is not a system permission, but

Posted in Android