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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

How to remove bad reviews from your app on Google Play

Tell me if this sounds familiar to you. You just finished uploading the app, you worked on for months to Google Play. Now everything depends on getting good reviews, but alas… Some users think the review section is a support

Posted in Android, Tinkering

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

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

I get quite a bit of spam mail offering me to boost the download count of my own apps on Play (thanks Google for requiring me to maintain a spam support address). I also get occasionally asked if my APK

Posted in Android

Finding/Downloading buried apps on Google Play

Just learned something new today that feels like I should have known it for years (probably even did once, but then forgot): did you ever have the “page 99” problem? You know exactly what app you want, how the name

Posted in Android

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