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.
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?
Legal questions aside, let's explore the technical possibilities.
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…
So, yeah, grab popcorn and enjoy the shitshow. Not worth taking sides here.
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.
So yes, you won’t make a difference by reviewing an app and you don’t gain any insight from reading reviews either.
The Android ecosystem never fails to present new and fascinating get-rich-schemes.