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 Google to how apps have to log in to Play.
Figuring out how the “secret handshake” must be done now took me about one rather stressful week. Android, under the hood, simply isn’t pretty or easy to debug.
I’d like to thank everyone who decided to fund research and development of the Raccoon by buying a premium key. I’d also like to encourage everyone, who hasn’t done so far (the majority of users) to reconsider and upgrade as well.
Let me make one thing perfectly clear: Android is a moving target. This isn’t the first time, Google breaks Raccoon. It won’t be the last time either. However, my ability to fix things in a timely manner is limited by what is economically feasible. Making and distributing a software, such as Raccoon, is anything but trivial and it can only be done with the financial backup of paying customers. Even if you only need the basic features, buying premium is money well spent.
PS: Yes, I know, Paypal isn’t an option for everyone. In fact, I was working on adding credit card payment and bank wire transfer when Google decided to break things.