# Google Play Store

Tales from the abyss.
Thursday, September 24, 2020

What are trustworthy APK sites?

So, there's this Android app, you really must have, but its developer only distributes via Google Play and, for some reason, Play is off limits to you. How do you get it anyway? Sure, there are tons of APK mirror websites out there, but how do you know which ones you can trust?

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Trump vs. China. Can TikTok and WeChat really be banned from US based Android devices?

Legal questions aside, let's explore the technical possibilities.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

So, Apple finally kicked Epic out of their Appstore. Developer account closed, all games unavailable. And that ladies and gentlemen, is the reason why you backup apps on your PC.

Friday, August 14, 2020

So… Epic is revolting against the Apple Appstore monopoly now (Google Play will probably be next in line) and wants their user’s support:

Epic has defied the App Store Monopoly. In retaliation, Apple is blocking Fortnite from a billion devices. Join the fight to stop 2020 from becoming “1984”.

Hm, yeah, sure. What’s in it for us?

What pretty much every app developer is pissed about is being forced to use Apple’s (Google’s) billing system for IAP and having to shell out 30% from every payment for the service. Is it profiteering? Sure! Are Apple and Google abusing their appstore monopolies? Absolutely! Should something be done about it? Well…

Epic only wants to break the appstore monopoly on billing, not distribution (heavens beware). Ideally they’d like to cut out the middle man entirely by using their own billing system, but having the commission fee reduced drastically would be acceptable as well. Join the fight to get…

  • Absolutely nothing in case Apple and Google are forced to lower their fee. Yes, Epic says they’d pass on the savings, but I mean, come on! Players already buy Fortnite items at the current price, Epic is the sole supplier, every MBA will tell you that lowered production cost is no reason to lower sales price. Does anyone really believe Epic would milk their players less?
  • A proliferation of billing systems. Each looking and working differently, coming with gimmicks, that promise app developers higher payouts and “creative” ways to weasel more money out of their users. In other words: the same shit we currently have with Ad networks.

So, yeah, grab popcorn and enjoy the shitshow. Not worth taking sides here.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Hrmpf! I started working on bringing app reviews to Raccoon. I’d rather not implement this. The more you dig into the API, the more you realize that this is nothing but a dark pattern to keep users engaged. It helps no one, but harms everyone.

  • You can’t really write a meaningful review of a product on a mobile device. Anything that’s longer than 2-3 sentences takes a lot of effort.
  • In case you feel so strongly about the app that spent the effort, you are probably thwarted by the character limit.
  • Even if you manage to write an actually useful review, no one will read it, as it gets pushed down by newer reviews and eventually drowns in drivel.
  • The only thing that may have a lasting effect is your star rating, but even that is utterly useless as it only contributes to an average based on vastly different rating criteria.
  • App developers are given every incentive to game the system by boosting their rankings with fake reviews.

So yes, you won’t make a difference by reviewing an app and you don’t gain any insight from reading reviews either.

Monday, October 21, 2019

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.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Look up on Google Play! It's a Rip off! It's a Scam! It's a Super Shenanigan!

The Android ecosystem never fails to present new and fascinating get-rich-schemes.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Play Store Apps for Free

'Can I use Raccoon to download paid apps for free?' - Ok, it's a question that pops up now and then, so we probably have to talk about it.