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Exporting Apps from Raccoon (into F-Droid repositories,…)

The question came up in a support request, but is probably interesting enough to blog about: “How do I write a script to copy apps from Raccoon‘s own repository to some place else?”

Posted in Coding, Tips and Tricks

Let there be hackjob (DummyDroid updated)…

The plan was to rewrite DummyDroid from scratch, get rid of the ugly code and make it more userfriendly (ideally let it clone a device via USB) while I’m at it. Unfortunately, that would have taken several weeks (yes, the

Posted in Coding

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

Updating Apps via commandline with Raccoon

I’m torn on implementing this feature. Raccoon v3 had it, it was pretty popular with power users. It was suppose to be reintroduced in Raccoon v4.1 (Google’s latest protocol changes forced an early release), but I don’t really want to

Posted in Coding

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

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

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

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