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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

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

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

I really don’t appreciate social network invitation spam!

If there’s something specific you need from me, just send me an email. If you can figure out my emailaddress, you can probably figure out how to use an email client as well. I have absolutely no interest in accepting

Posted in Rants

About Google, Udacity and Bertelsmann handing out 10,000 scholarships in the EU

Seems like developers are either loosing interest in the Android platform, or someone thinks they are too expensive and need a bit more competition. I’m not going to speculate further on why Google sees a need to provide 10k scholarships,

Posted in Rants

So, how Google dependent are you?

I just read this story here. In summary: a number of people buy the new Pixel smartphone directly from Google, then immediately resell the device. The TOS clearly forbids doing that (but apparently, nobody read them), so Google terminates the

Posted in Rants