# Google Play Store

Tales from the abyss.
Friday, July 16, 2021

"Bad Authentication" error- what you can do

I need a little bit of help on this one.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

"Bad Authentication" error during login (blocked Google account)

I have recently been getting a few support requests about a "Bad Authentication" Error when logging in with Raccoon.

Saturday, April 24, 2021
Friday, January 22, 2021

Manually installing split APK files (App Bundles) via ADB

Can't really recommend doing it this way, but sometimes you have no other choice.

Friday, November 6, 2020

A reader asks:

Can Google delete apps from my Android smartphone?

Eh, yes, of course! There’s a push message and a mechanism for that implemented in the Playstore app. In case you find that surprising: how did you think Play would handle a cancelled payment for paid content? Return the money and let you keep the item?

In case the question was if you could buy an app, use Raccoon to download the APK to your PC, then refund, the answer is: yes you can do that (shame on you), most paid apps safeguard against this by performing an online license check.

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, 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.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Bypassing phone verification for Google accounts.

For your security, Google wants to make sure that it's really you. Google will send a text message with a 6-digit verification code. Standard bullshit applies.