'Coon Cave

Stuff that goes on about Raccoon, Google Play and Android in general. May contain traces of rambling. Feedback and subscriptions welcome!
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Cloud == Ransomware. Ever thought about it this way?

HTTP 402 Payment required. I wonder — if that one had been properly implemented from the beginning, would the web have become a better or a worse place?

Stop telling me, I need an anti virus app…

Guys, computer viruses were a MS DOS phenomenon: code fragments that basically just scanned the filesystem for executable fiels (COM, EXE, Bootsector) to implant a copy in. There were two preconditions for a virus infection:

  1. The user needed full read/write access to the whole filesystem.
  2. Users had to carelessly swap infected floppy discs.

Android apps are sandboxed from each other and the app store concept ensures that you are no longer share infected binaries with each other. You don’t need anti virus apps and you should not install them either.

Sunday, October 27, 2019
Friday, October 25, 2019

Ok, just wanted to add a nice feature for the custom ROM community: automatically build an 📁 update.zip from tagged apps in a Raccoon repository. It looked easy, but of course:

  • the documentation of the file format is, as always, shit.
  • remounting the 📁 /system partition in read/write mode seems to be device dependent.
  • it probably won’t work with split APK files, anyway.

Thanks again, Google…

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

I have been wondering for years why every market launch of every new smartphone model puts so much emphasis on improved cameras (I never cared much for photography, personally). Finally figured it out: The camera is what turns ordinary users into creators. The better the image quality, the larger the files, the sooner internal storage runs out of free space. Once it does, cloud storage comes to the rescue and the trap snaps shut. Uploads is easy, Downloading everything is tedious at best. Fear of loss (even for worthless selfies) is what keeps users then locked in to the service.

I feel stupid for not realizing this sooner, but hey, at least I’m not the only one. Bottom line: don’t buy a smartphone because it has a superior camera. This is not a selling, but an up-selling point.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Raccoon 4.11.0

  • Keep up with protocol changes

Google changed the app search protocol again, resulting in Raccoon v4.10 (and earlier) showing non app items for certain search terms. These are filtered away now.

Hm, looks like Google changed the format for app search results again. I don’t mind making a new apk downloader release, but it would really be awesome if they made it easy to tell search results and recommendations apart for a change!

Monday, October 14, 2019

Is it possible to merge split APK apps?

I get it, you guys hate split APKs as much as I do. So why doesn't Raccoon simply merge them into a traditional APK? Is that even possible?

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Ah, cool. PLATDI Studio has been removed from Play. Complete wipe. Took Google about one week.