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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

Status update on Raccoon v4.1

Looks like v4.1 will be a lot big bigger (in terms of code changes) than anticipated. The things I wanted to be in there: More user friendly import feature: instead of manually selecting APKs in a file chooser, select a

Posted in Android, Coding

Google really doesn’t want paid apps on Play, do they?

I just had this magnificent idea: why not put an app on Play that serves as a license key for Raccoon? Once you download that app via Raccoon, it automatically unlocks the premium features. No need to manually mess around

Posted in Android, Coding, Rants

Puh, close one – thought my good old Nexus 7 had finally died.

That moment when you press the power button… and nothing happens. Dead battery? Unlikely, the tablet had been hooked up to the charger all day. Crashed? Maybe, but if so, the software locked up completely. I can’t even connect via

Posted in Android, Rants

Maybe Android would be a less shitty ecosystem if we stopped giving smartphones to children?

Largely ignored fact #1: making an app drives every developer into debt. Time is money and anything more substantial than a fart generator requires an up front investment of several months of (full time) work. Offering the end result (literally)

Posted in Android, Rants

“Pssst! You can pay to remove ads from my app” *facepalm* #fail

Sometimes, I really wonder what app developers are thinking (if at all), when offering to remove ads through in-app-purchases.

Posted in Android, Rants

DF-DFERH-01 Error when updating apps

Just came across Raccoon’s update mechanism failing with a cryptic error message. Not quite sure what caused this. However, there was talk the other day about Google invalidating a tremendous amount of auth cookies (effectively logging everyone out).

Posted in Android

Workaround: Importing apps from Raccoon v3.x into v4.x

I know, I promised a v3 to v4 convert feature, but I just can’t seem to get it done this month, since my new years resolution was to abstain from dirty hacks and doing it right requires a surprisingly large

Posted in Android, Coding

Adding TOR support to Raccoon

I get this feature request once in a while: adding TOR support to Raccoon. I totally understand the motivation. Privacy, after all, is one of Raccoon’s main goals. However, when it comes to supporting TOR, I think, I would not

Posted in Android

Raccoon v4.0.1 released!

What can I say? Today’s the day, I’m finally flipping the switch and declare Raccoon v3 to be obsolete! Say hello to the all new Raccoon v4!

Posted in Android