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Where does Raccoon store my credentials (and how can I view them)?

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 16:33
People ask (me) fairly often, how Raccoon handles their Google account (and if it’s safe to trust the software with their passwords). From my point of view, that’s a funny question. I’m always tempted to answer: “if the idea of…Read more ›

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

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 13:47
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?” First of all, don’t bother with trying…Read more ›

Let there be hackjob (DummyDroid updated)…

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 20:32
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…Read more ›


Thu, 06/15/2017 - 12:02
Sometimes you find really funny stuff in your junkmail folder… We are the Team Xball and we have chosen your website/network as target for our next DDoS attack. Unfortunately your data was leaked in the recent hacking of the web…Read more ›

The more I see of Android, the less convinced I am that Google only hires the smartest and the brightest

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 13:08
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…Read more ›

DummyDroid is still broken, by the way (in case you need to create a custom GSF ID).

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 13:31
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…Read more ›

Let’s talk about Raccoon v4.1.1

Sat, 06/10/2017 - 14:04
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…Read more ›

Maybe we don’t need proxys to bypass Google Play region/carrier locks

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 02:11
Still in the middle of figuring out how exactly Google wants things to be done now. Seems like the issue is bigger than I originally thought. (Re)Discovered a curious tidbit, though, which I’ll have to look into, once I have…Read more ›

And Google broke Raccoon… again

Sun, 06/04/2017 - 13:53
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…Read more ›

Catch-22: When Raccoon suddenly stops working…

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 23:10
Back in the v3 days, I used to have this idiot discussion about handling passwords every other week. Some weisenheimer would notice that Raccoon only prompts for a password during setup. Then, dug through the config file, just to find…Read more ›

Updating Apps via commandline with Raccoon

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 16:02
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…Read more ›

When Raccoon can’t find a specific app on Play…

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 21:47
Just had a rather long email exchange concerning a particularly elusive app and it ended with a facepalm moment (as in: why didn’t I think of that?). Ok, lets just go over the basics real quick: Raccoon must mimic an…Read more ›

Looks like Google changed the Play protocol again

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 15:07
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…Read more ›