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The more I see of Android, the less convinced I am that Google only hires the smartest and the brightest

Today I log into Play to check on my apps. I am greeted by an updated design, twice as slow as the previous one, but hey, at least it’s material design now and I can waste some additional time on

Posted in Android, Rants

DummyDroid is still broken, by the way (in case you need to create a custom GSF ID).

Just so there’s no confusion: The same issue that has been preventing APK downloaders from logging in to Play lately also affects DummyDroid. I didn’t have the time to port the fix over from Raccoon, yet. The unfortunate thing about

Posted in Android, Tinkering

Let’s talk about Raccoon v4.1.1

As probably everyone has noticed by now, pretty much all APK downloaders (not just Raccoon) have been started to fail lately. I don’t want to go into the technical details, but the reason for this is a recent change by

Posted in Android, Tinkering

And Google broke Raccoon… again

I’m getting a lot of email at the moment about Raccoon suddenly being unable to log into Play, so instead of answering them individually, I’ll just address the issue here. What happened? Well, in a nutshell, the same thing that

Posted in Android, Coding

When Raccoon can’t find a specific app on Play…

Just had a rather long email exchange concerning a particularly elusive app and it ended with a facepalm moment (as in: why didn’t I think of that?).

Posted in Android, Tinkering, Tips and Tricks

Looks like Google changed the Play protocol again

Dratz! I wanted to release Raccoon v4.1 this week. But unfortunately it looks like Google changed the data format, used to communicate search results between server and client (again). In consequence, Raccoon will, for some queries, get confused and not

Posted in Android, Coding

Can someone explain to me why we are still required to sign our Android apps?

With Android O, we are well into the second half of the alphabet (no pun intended) and the Android packagemanager still requires apps to be signed. Why exactly?!

Posted in Android, Rants, Security

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”

Posted in Android, Rants

Using an icon pack with any Launcher

Just had this crazy idea. It is probably unworkable and legally questionable, but here it goes: icon packs. If you want a consistent look on your homescreen, you need to install a custom launcher and download a pack that likely

Posted in Android, Coding, Tinkering

Should an APK downloader increase an app’s install counter?

Most people probably think that Google Play determines app popularity by how often the APK file gets requested (one download = one installation). Intuitive, but wrong:

Posted in Android, Coding