Well, folks, it finally happened - after numerous APK teardowns, Google has finally dropped a message to the Android Police teardown team inside one of the APKs - the Android Play Store v4.4 nonetheless.

The message reads: <string name="ap_teardown_notice">"These aren't the features you're looking for, officer"</string>.


Many of you have joked about this in past comments, so I've been wondering whether a Googler will actually do it one day. I think they're onto us, guys! <Squeal>

Ron, if, or rather when, you're reading this - this one's for you, baby:


P.S. Unless I'm reading too much into it, the message seems to suggest that the Play Store 4.4 build we saw is indeed still a work-in-progress, as I suggested in the post. Take your time, guys. We're not in a hurry.

P.P.S. Yes, the 4.4. Play Store APK teardown is most definitely happening and will be posted soon.

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • BrianLipp

    Partner and Houlihan!

    • BrianLipp

      hmm, downvotes must have been some fair-weather community "fans"

  • arathkone

    Happy for you guys, this is pretty awesome recognition!

  • TSON1

    This is why Google is my favorite. What other company would be so lighthearted about something like this?

    • BaconEater
      • Guest

        Good job!

      • KrispyInTO
        • Greyhame

          This gif will haunt my dreams.

        • mauswe


      • SickoPsycho

        ok i'm sorry but who is this man? I have to ask, and I thought I was pretty familiar with popular culture... =)

        • Pre86

          Jeremiah Johnson...Mountain Man

    • telbany94


  • skitchbeatz

    But these ARE the droids you're looking for.

  • Justin Swanson

    So, whatever happened to those droids?

  • Gnex

    This actually made me smile haha

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Build numbers are useless, I don't know why sites keep reporting them. I mean, yeah, they're useful maybe the first time if there's some device info there, but at this point, yeah, we know they have the Nexus 5 and it runs Android.

      • Gnex

        You really should check now that I've edited my build.prop :P

      • mathewmakio

        Sites report them because people Google them and it gets views. This is the only way to get views because big bullies like yourself take up all the other room

        • mathewmakio

          that was a joke please don't hate me :S

          • mathewmakio

            How is his comment getting likes when I just explained the damn reason

          • mathewmakio

            ignorant people

          • mathewmakio


          • squiddy20

            I'm trying to figure out if you're one person on a "guest" account, or several having a one sided conversation. You know of such a thing as the "edit" button, right?
            Also, he explained it better than you without a "joke" that sounded like a serious accusation.
            Finally, to state the obvious, you're commenting as a "guest". I doesn't matter how many up/down votes you get because, other than on this article, it'll never show on a profile page you don't have. Ignorant person.

          • Mike Harris

            I'm pretty sure he got banned. These comments all showed up under a different user's name (I don't remember what it was) and I was thinking the same thing about the edit button.

            I have no idea how he got so many upvotes.

          • Phatz Mahoney the Incredible

            Using multiple accounts or changing your IP and upvote yourself are the two most common ways trolls use to manipulate disqus. They can also flag posts they don't agree with into moderation using several accounts.

  • Spasillium

    I laughed out loud. Well played, Google <3


    2x post, sorry.

  • angel_spain

    Before reading the post, because of the headline I thought they were going to sue you.

    • Fabian Pineda

      Sue them? What is this, Apple? :P

      • Jess L

        Maybe if Google was going as Apple for Halloween haha.

        • Joshua

          Maybe the major manufacturers should work something out where they pull off something like this. Just like they participate in April Fools Day, you know?

  • Dhanesh V

    Wow! Congrats to you guys! :)

    Google rocks! And AP too! ;)

  • Mastermind26

    THIS is why I love the Goog and AP!

  • Brian Armstrong

    Apple would have sent a cease and desist order lol.

    • mobilemann

      Apple used to do this stuff all the time. Sigh, kids.

      • Robb Nunya

        "Used to" being the operative words

        • Aaron Huffman

          Meaning the fun company is no more. :-(

          • Jess L

            I think Waz was the fun one, and then Jobs got more about the money and control. Turning into a control freak diminished the fun, the carefree, the "for the geeks" type of thing they claimed to have started out as.

          • Aaron Huffman

            I remember back when the first iPhone launched, I was there and shook hands with Waz over at Valley Fair. Although I was 12 then and I still remember that.

          • PainToad

            Oh tell me more about how old and wise you.

          • cheese

            damn, i was a senior in college when the first iPhone came out.

          • Aaron Huffman

            Haha, I'm just starting college this year.

          • Suhas

            Jobs did turn Apple around with control to make it the biggest tech company in the world. After all the business of business, is business. But still gotta love Google - fun at heart.

          • defectiveleader

            but also remember, look how huge Google is too, and they are fun. Apple could still have the lightheartedness.

          • mobilemann

            thanks, you're one of the few people here NOT making this into a "i'm insecure about my purchase, or a brand cheerleaders, please validate me" post.

            it's super old, and beyond pathetic.

          • mobilemann


            and he invented the PC, lol. (what's funny is my initial comment, only because it supports apple in some way, while completely correct, is discrediting here, because the audience is comprised mostly of idiot children, who immediately have to invoke rivalries)

          • Robb Nunya

            In all fairness, Jobs was always a control freak.

        • mobilemann

          Yup, Steve himself killed apple easter eggs.

          • mobilemann

            too funny that this comment gets 7 up / 0 down, when my previously just as correct (even more so really, as apple was the first OEM to ever really do easter eggs en mass) get's a net -25

            Seriously, bad commenters should feel bad. I know it's hard, but stop being so amazingly pathetic, kids.

          • Greyhame

            You're getting down votes because of your condescension. How about you stop assuming A) we're children, and B) children are idiots. Thanks.

          • mobilemann

            that's only half true, i don't care anymore, so i'm calling a spade a spade. There are a ton of young platform enthusiasts (ie, people who think they are into tech, but are into a brand) On this site, who vote things up or down primarily based on brand, rather than what's cool. Those people tend to be the same ones who do nothing with their smartphone besides update facebook. (rather than kids who write apps, or do home automation, or other neat tools with their smartphones, even advanced tasker scripts)

            So while, your right, i am rude (WELCOME TO THE INTERNET) i'm not wrong. Cheerleading is lame, hopefully one day i'll get over it. Until then, i'll comment what i think:D

            My dearest apologies for thinking people here could be less biased.

            /note3 user, 900a (sigh)

          • Greyhame

            Be rude all you want, no skin off my back. Don't expect to get upvotes while being a condescending ass was my only point.

          • mobilemann

            Condescending, maybe, not ass though. On point.

            I just expect more of technology fans. You know for them to be technology fans rather than cheerleaders.

      • hamadirose

        like what?

  • GreatNews

    This is one of the reasons why Google is the King here, they won't sue you or do you anything that my cost you money or harm you at anyway, they will just make a joke out of it and make you feel good that they have you in mind!
    Btw Congrats for the Teardown team here at AP!!!! Keep it coming!!!

    • Mike Harris

      Yes, because they're smart enough to know that making connections with their fans is good for business. Most companies only care about what's good for the bottom line, so they become way too litigious about their IP without any concern for the negative image they're creating for themselves. That's a bad long-term strategy. What's good for the bottom line might not always be what's best for the business.

  • DirkBelig

    No poll?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      1. Nope.
      2. I am special and need a poll with more than one option.

      • Tomáš Petrík

        I choose option 3.

      • umer936

        I choose C.

  • jonathan3579

    Honestly, that's pure gold.

  • pierre

    LOL, officer :D

  • TheSparks

    Aw that's actually sweet!

    • Alan Shearer

      sweet as a kitkat?

      • BaconEater

        Nope, sweet as Key Lime Pie

  • Jase Mase

    AP is fucking in on it! They know everything!!!!!!! GIVE ME KIT KAT ALREADY AP!!!

  • Jeremiah Rice

    Hey look, Google noticed us! We're going to get bought now, right? I've been scoping out private islands just in case.

    • pierre

      I hope a small part of your private island will be the next International Giveaway :D

    • Joshua

      Hey! Can I be a contributor? This is, of course, in no way related to your imminent buyout/staff acquisitionbeing noticed by Google and has everything to do with my excellent command of the English language and sharp wit, the better with which to cut through a device review!

      TL;DR: Make sure the spare octopus is properly dried before sautéing it.

    • PainToad

      You're decompiling APKs, which takes two seconds, then reading XML. Big whoop. Get over yourselves.

      • Mike Harris

        I love watching how fast that dislike count goes up in real time.

        • PainToad

          If this was XDA, it would be different.

          • Cuvis

            If this was XDA, you'd have eaten a banhammer for trolling by now.

          • PainToad

            Fair call. I'll take my cranky pants off. Sorry guys

      • Alex

        I expect that they're also comparing it to the previous version to save time wading through everything. They're doing it so that we don't have to -- I'm fine with AP providing that service and I can understand why they may get a kick out of being recognised by Google in this way.

        • PainToad

          I actually enjoy the teardown articles. What I don't like is the arrogance about doing something 99% of true Android fans could do themselves.

          • ScottColbert

            So, being a dick about it, is better?

          • PainToad

            Fair call. I'll take my cranky pants off. Sorry guys.

          • Joshua

            Quite literally anyone who has access to a computer could decompile an apk file. There's a stupidly-simple program available for free on XDA that's tailored for beginners. However, being able to do something and actually doing it are two very different things. To tear down an apk and perform the analyses necessary to find the differences takes time and effort people don't necessarily care about putting in. Could it be done? Sure, I decompile apks all the time for the fun of it (I like looking through the TouchWiz framework files, heheh). Could you service your own car, part for part, no matter what? Of course, but there are some things just better left to the mechanic.

    • jesuguru

      Hmm, if Google buys AP that would make it self-policing, which is usually only done in totalitarian countries. Then again, those countries aren't open-source.

      • Joshua

        In the US, the Constitution is available freely for download, but so far implementations of custom ROMs has been spotty at best.

    • RitishOemraw

      Be sure to hire me just before you get bought! Google gives Free Nexii/Nexusses/Nexus to its employees some times right?

  • Brendan Owens

    Next up: Kit Kat is just one giant troll by Google

    • Avrohom Eliezer Friedman

      Truth is - I've been think along these lines more and more these days. With all these leaks still coming with KLP stuff inside it's easy to brush it off and say "They kept a good secret and fooled everyone." What if they really are going to call it KLP and are just lying to us about this whole Kit Kat thing?

      • aiden9

        More likely case is KLP was the internal code name the team has been using and they haven't bothered to change yet to match the marketing team.

        • Avrohom Eliezer Friedman

          of course it is - I know. It's just a thought I had in the back of my mind - "What' if Google is actually trolling?"

          • Cherokee4Life

            Honestly I wish that happened just to see the internet blow up the day KLP gets announced. Could you imagine that press release. Everyone and their mother would claim 1 of 2 things.
            1) Google is stupid and trolling
            2) I knew it all along

            It's amazing watching peoples reactions when something unexpected happens on the web. You heard it here first by @avrohom_eliezer_friedman:disqus

  • Mark

    Beyond compare for the win

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      It's an excellent tool to be sure.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I've been using it for years, but I really wish they added some basic features, like line wrapping.

    • tinman

      Use it at work it is pretty awesome

  • Wam31

    Now that's what I call an Easter Egg!

  • Dude!

    "[AP Confirmed] AP in Android 4.4."

    Mind. Blown.

    • bakedpatato


  • Pizza_Dude

    Do you guys decompile Google's APKs or something?

  • Brian Menius

    Golf clap, Google. Golf clap. Most excellent.

  • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

    I remember seeing a Google+ post from a Googler a few months back for one of their apps and it said something like "If we post a new version and Android Police haven't done a teardown - did we really post an update?" In fact - here is the post: https://plus.google.com/108761828584265913206/posts/edTgrL3a6qu

  • Spyder

    Artem, banning people just isn't what it used to be,huh? (Spydie)

    • mark

      circumventing a ban creating another account is a bannable offense

      • Spyder


        • soy

          You did kinda post a racist comment.

  • Euan Tan

    Funny how the officer is the one being "hunted" and not the other way around

  • Jonathan Hamilton

    Congrats on being recognized. This made me laugh. Got to love the lightheartedness that is Google. Apple would of probably sent a cease and desist order.

  • mechapathy

    You guys just made it into a major part of Android. Congrats!

  • Doakes

    Surprise mothereffer

  • sirusu

    Hahaha! Nice one Google

  • http://www.prosoftstudio.com/ Brandon Enriquez

    Well played Google, well played...

  • Mike

    Hahaha! This is hilarious. AP is officially a major part of Android haha

  • Joseph Cascio

    Reasons I fucking love Google:
    1. They are Google
    2. They are Google
    3. They know how to have fun
    4. They are Google

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    Haha google noticed y'all or maybe a ap reader is one of the gGoogle devs

  • Rehan Ahmed

    This post made my day!

  • Sevag Aguehian

    I didn't get it.

    • Joshua

      "ap_teardown_notice" = Android Police [APK] Teardown Notice

      "These aren't the features you're looking for, officer" = Play on "These aren't the droids you're looking for," but with "officer" on the end because they're the Android Police.

    • Scott


  • RitishOemraw

    I'm proud of you guys! Also a hats off to the Googler that put this in!

    Well done! Well deserved!
    Best of all, you used a Community GIF!!! That is just icing on the cake....COMMUNITY ROCKS!!!!

    • Pascal


  • hyperbolic

    As a constant reader and a fan of AP I feel part of this :D
    Keep up the good job AP !

  • Suhas

    First KitKat and then this; haha Google is awesome!

  • NoBullet

    They're hiding something. Get a warrant.

  • Kostas

    Sweet :D

  • abel

    so cool !!

  • ginobili
  • Cherokee4Life

    Ron, if nothing else you can now say that because of you Google changed their code in the Play Store!

  • realitysconcierge

    That is amazing.

  • Danny Holyoake

    Um... Finally? Didn't you guys post an almost identical article months ago where Ron found a "I did an APK Teardown and all I got was this silly string" string, or something?

    This isn't the first time you've been acknowledged.

  • Ittiam

    I laughed out loud when I read this.. Great job AP... Cool move Google

  • Charlies Angel

    hi there....