Android Publication

Publishing Your Android App is Just a 3 step Process.

Step 1 – Download Your Apk From Mobimatic
Step 2 – Create A Google Developer Account (If you don’t already have one)
Step 3 – Upload Your Apk to Google Playstore

 

Step 1
Download Your App From Mobimatic

 

Android application package (APK) is the package file format used by the Android operating system for distribution and installation of mobile apps and middleware.  Mobimatic generates the apk for you.

Login to your mobimatic dashboard
Edit the app you want to download apk for.
click ‘Publish

Now Click ‘Generate apk

It takes about 10 hours on the average for the system to build an apk file.
You have to wait for the apk to be generated.

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After the apk has been generated you will now be able to download the apk.
To download, click on ‘ Download Latest apk

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Hurray!
You have successfully downloaded your apk.

 

 

Step 2
Open A Google Developer Account

To publish apps on the google play store and make it available to all android users you need to have a google developer account. To get a google developer account, you have to pay a one time fee of $25 directly to google. This is a registration fee google charges all developers. Its a one time fee and after that you can publish unlimited apps on google app store.

  1. Login to your normal google account.
  2. Visit  https://play.google.com/apps/publish/signup/
  3. Accept the Google Play Developer Distribution Agreementdev
  4. Click on ‘Continue to Payment’
  5. You will be redirected to the payment page where you make payment of a $25 USD one-time registration fee that you can pay with the following credit or debit cards:MasterCard
    Visa
    American Express
    Discover (U.S. only)
    Visa Electron (Outside of the U.S. only)
    Note: The types of cards accepted may vary by location.

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  6.  Complete your account details
    Type your account details. Your “Developer name” is displayed to customers on Google Play Store. You can add more account information after you’ve created your account.

Step 3
Upload Your App

The next step is to upload your app to the app store.
Get your assets ready…
This is what you will need

App Name : Creative Name For Your app e.g BI L
App Icon:  An icon image for your app (512px by 512px)
App Description : Long and short description for your app
App Images: 3 Images to illustrate your app: It could be screenshots or any other image to illustrate you app.

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Visit https://play.google.com/apps/publish and Login to your google developer account
Click Publish an Android App on Google Play to continue.

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Since this is your first application, you’re given a dialog box to specify the app name and a choice on how to begin. Type in your app name (in this example our app is Bookmaster General) and choose Upload APK.

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This creates a draft store listing for your app, currently containing nothing except the app title. To begin, click Upload your first APK to Production.

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Choose the APK file you downloaded from mobimatic in step 1 earlier, and upload it. When the upload is complete, you will see the app listing updated like this:

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Notice on the left pane that the check mark next to APK is green, indicating that your APK is ready!

Time to move on to the remaining check marks…

Completing the Store Listing

There are 6 checklist when publishing an app. You can find them on the left hand pane.
They are apk, store listing, content rating,  and pricing & distribution,  We have to go through them one after the other before we can publish our app

We are done with the app, we have to proceed to the next one which is store listing.

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Click on the Store Listing check mark in the menu on the left panel

Fill in the Short Description and Full Description fields with information about the app:

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Note: For your own app, you will want to create as engaging a description as possible, so start thinking about this early in the development process!

Next, upload at least two screenshots of the app.

If you have the app on an Android device, you can simply take screenshots straight from the device.

Drag these images onto your store listing where you see the following prompt:

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In addition to screenshots (minimum of two), you need to upload a 512×512 high-resolution version of the app icon and a 1024×500 “feature graphic” to display at the top of the page.

Complete the store listing by specifying an Application Type, Category, Content rating, and Contact Email. Other fields are optional.

Scroll back to the top of the store listing and click Save draft. Since the listing is now complete, the Store Listing check mark is now green. We’re making progress!

Content Rating

Click on the Content Rating check mark to see a description of the upcoming content rating questionnaire.

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This questionnaire asks a straightforward series of questions about the content of the app to get the appropriate ratings for the app. Give the appropriate answers. Once you are finished, click Save questionnaire, then Calculate rating. You will see the ratings for the various locales where your app may be on sale:

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Scroll to the bottom of the list and click Apply rating. The Content Rating check mark is now green.

Pricing & Distribution

Select the Pricing & Distribution check mark for the final step: setting the price of your app, and in which countries it will be available. Example, the app will be free and available universally.

The Free pricing option is selected by default, so keep that choice. Check the box next to SELECT ALL COUNTRIES.

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Scroll down past the list of countries, and you will find several more distribution options. Check the boxes by Content guidelines and US export laws to indicate your app’s compliance with relevant rules, then scroll to the top of the page and click Save draft.


To enable Push Notifications for your app:
Copy and paste this GCM Key: AIzaSyCfUQTgAqevb7SWV_cG8VUnZwcRrxFapxE

 

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With that, the final check box is green. If everything is alright, the APK, Store Listing, Content Rating and Price Distribution tabs will have a green check mark. If not something is missing.

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and the Publish app button in the top-right of the console is now active!

Click on Publish app.

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Your app listing status now updates to Pending Publication, like this:

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It generally takes at least a few hours for your app to be available in Google Play, so go grab some pizza. Eventually you’ll see a listing like this one.

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Congratulations on your first app in Google Play!

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