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Wednesday, December 22, 2021

I just had a horrible business idea:

  1. Create a shitty, low effort Android app (dunno, something like a weather widget, horoscope, or calculator knock off).
  2. Publish on Play, let it rot ripen for a couple of months, then buy 100k+ installs (see email spam folder for offers), add some 5* reviews for good measure.
  3. Sell that app to those asshats that keep spamming me about buying my apps for a song.

Yes, those scavengers DO annoy me. Especially when having a disclaimer in their footer, informing me that I received their offer because I subscribed to some mailing list.

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.

Monday, November 16, 2020
Saturday, November 14, 2020
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.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Getting more emails from Indians these days wanting to sell me 5 star app reviews on Google Play. Curiously they are all using Gmail addresses for contacting me.

If you are offering to cheat the system (in particular one that’s known for scanning your communication), shouldn’t you use a communication channel that’s outside of the system?

shrugs

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

DummyDroid won't download APK files when mocking a Lineage OS device (or any custom ROM for that matter)

With Android and Play, figuring out device compatibility is somewhat of a black art. Which really just is a nice way for saying 'the whole Android ecosystem is one giant compatibility hack'.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Top 10 best Android safety tips 2020

Kidding, there's actually just one and the title is clickbait. Welcome to the internet, have a nice stay.

Monday, November 18, 2019