'Coon Cave

A blog about software development, Google Play and Android in general. May contain traces of rambling. Feedback and subscriptions welcome!
Friday, July 5, 2019

64 bit mobile device are actually a pretty stupid idea

Double the bits, twice the speed? Sounds logical, doesn't it?

Raccoon 4.8.0

  • Updated the default Android hardware profile to claim that it also supports Bluetooth Low Energy.
  • Updated all the URLs pointing to this website.
  • Reworked the shoutbox to show the Blog’s RSS feed.
Thursday, July 4, 2019

Libra, Facebook's new cryptocurrency - better sit that one out

Facebook is really making an effort to make Libra appear legitimate. Not buying it.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Better not buy smartphones at a discounter

I'm in need of a new Smartphone to toy with. As far as I'm concerned it can be the cheapest piece of garbage available as long as it runs a current version of Android and isn't registered anywhere (particularly not with Google). I need a virgin device. With that in mind, I pay a visit to a local discounter...

Working with Hugo is really a joy compared to Drupal. Mostly because I am no longer forced to edit the website using a web browser. I’m still behind on updating the documentation,though . This will take a couple more days to “finish”, but at least writing it no longer feels like chewing in rusty nails.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Website reboot

Drupal and Wordpress have been pissing me off without end for years now. Google also sent me a displeased email that they didn’t like the old website anymore because it wasn’t mobile friendly enough. So, there we have it, time to completely rework the whole thing, this time, using Hugo as my content management system. I can’t say that Hugo is sheer is a complete bundle of joy to work with.[…]
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Raccoon 4.7.0

  • Honor -D raccoon.playprofile commandline flag
  • Added missing translation string for –gpa-auth commandline flag
  • Wire protocol updates that may fix an issue with app updates.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Raccoon 4.6.0

  • Updated URL constants to match the current website structure (no more HTTP redirects)
  • Fixed a few typos
  • Fixed missing window title in the app import dialog
  • The help menu now has a “Support” item.
  • Reworked the “Market|Direct Download” dialog to make it more clear that it’s purpose is to download old app versions. Also removed the “Offertype” parameter. It is not needed for downloading apps.
Friday, March 1, 2019

Raccoon 4.5.0

  • Updated the search response parser to cope with Google latest changes to the search result data format: The list of search results can now be scrolled down again to load more entries.
  • Speedhack: request server side scaled app icons to make the search result pages load faster on slower internet connections.
  • Fixed a few typos.
  • Fixed download size calculation.
  • Play detects when the user searches for popular apps (e.g. Mozilla Firefox) and returns not one, but two lists of search results. The first contains just the app, the user was likely looking for, the second contains all close matches. Raccoon now merges those two lists instead of just showing the exact match.
Monday, February 18, 2019

Raccoon 4.4.0

  • Added support for Google’s new publishing format: App Bundles.
  • Added split APK installer.
  • Added a download booster feature to cut down download time.
  • Use the app Icon from Play, if one cannot be extracted from the APK (e.g. because it’s a bundled app).
  • Bumped the default device profile again to support App Bundles.