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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 ›

Can someone explain to me why we are still required to sign our Android apps?

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 18:40
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?! Don’t tell me it is a security feature! Whoever had the brilliant…Read more ›

Answering support mail is fun…

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 20:25
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”…Read more ›

Using an icon pack with any Launcher

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 13:10
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…Read more ›

Should an APK downloader increase an app’s install counter?

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 23:38
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: Connection loss may result in an incomplete download. The user may change his mind…Read more ›

Status update on Raccoon v4.1

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 11:04
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…Read more ›

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

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 23:36
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…Read more ›

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

Sat, 03/11/2017 - 14:42
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…Read more ›

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

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 22:27
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)…Read more ›

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

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 05:35
Sometimes, I really wonder what app developers are thinking (if at all), when offering to remove ads through in-app-purchases. I mean, what is the strategy here? Threatening users with violating their privacy and wasting their bandwidth in the hope of…Read more ›

DF-DFERH-01 Error when updating apps

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 19:17
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).The standard solution,…Read more ›

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

Sat, 02/25/2017 - 00:22
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…Read more ›

I really don’t appreciate social network invitation spam!

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 16:55
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…Read more ›

Adding TOR support to Raccoon

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 14:47
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…Read more ›