# Google Play Store

Tales from the abyss.
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.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Google Play Store App Download

Some of you (=Huawei customers) might be wondering how to get the Google Play Store APK itself. It must be on Play, right? After all, it does update itself from there…

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Beware of Google Play Pass. This is basically SaaS aka, lock your own data away in their systems, then rent access to it. Yes, it’s mostly games for now, nothing to be held hostage, but hey, looking unsuspicious is the very definition of bait, isn’t it?

Speaking of Split APK download, Linked In uses it, too. Well, it’s Microsoft. What do you expect? They never understood security. I mean, even Facebook gets this one right.

Oh, cool, Huawei actually did try to sneak past Google’s ban. And even in a more sophisticated way than I thought: Instead of simply preloading Gapps, they created an API and an app, allowing the user to sideload it.

Futile attempt, of course. As of today, the Mate 30 no longer passes Safety Net (as expected). So why go through all of this trouble? My guess would be that without the Gapps software being present on the phone, it can’t be confiscated by customs.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Could Google lock Huawei out of Play?

Well, Trumpelstilzchen won (this time). The Huawei Mate 30 won't come preloaded with Google Apps, meaning it will pretty much not come at all. But what if Huawei decided to simply ignore the embargo and ship with the Gapps suite anyway. After all, the company is based in China, way outside of US jurisdiction. Could Google lock Huawei out of Play if push came to shove?

Friday, August 16, 2019

Harmony OS - the Android Killer?

What do actually know about Harmony OS? Nothing much so far, except that it is Huawei's attempt to break free from Google and everyone is having high hopes for a spyware free smartphone.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Tales from the spam filter of an Android app developer

Publishing on Google Play requires you to publish a contact email address as well. Publishing a contact address means you get spam mail. The spam you get via the Play contact address is scary.