Publishing Your Android App

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How to Publish your Android App

Publishing on Android Market is a fairly simple and straightforward process. The implications are not. This Blog will lead you though a step by step process for publishing on the Android Market. I assume you’re ready to publish and your App is ready. Another Blog covers getting ready to be a publisher. You really need to understand that and appreciate that publishing and being ready to publish is two very different concepts. I’m very certain most of the publisher on the Android Market don’t understand this. You shouldn’t be one of them. Some of these steps are optional depending on your app, you and many other factors.

Packaging your app for export (creating your .APK)

A few things you need (or really should) do:

  • Rename the Package Name
  • Allow Install to SD Card:
  • Make a copy of your Signing Certificate and store it several secure places
  • Read Buzztouch’s TOS
  • Read MySkylla Copyright Blog
  • Sign up for PayPal
  • Make copies of all your content

If you’re not familiar with Android Developer web site you need to be. Some of their very helpful links for publishing are:

  1. Prepare to Publish
  2. Publishing on Android Market
  3. Merchant Account
  4. Google Play Developer Program Policies
  • Join Android’s Developers Program $25 (That’s not $25 per year)
  • Screen Shots (minimum two)
  • Use actual Screenshots

  • High Resolution Application Icon 512 x 512 32 bit PNG or JPEG Maximum: 1024 KB

  •  Promo Graphic: 180w x 120h 24 bit PNG or JPEG (no alpha) No border in art
  • Title characters (30 max): “MySkylla Mobile Buzz v1.4″ (That’s 25 characters.)
  • Privacy Policy
  • Link to your Privacy Policy or indicate you don’t have one.

  • App Description (4000 characters max) Hint: create the description in another program so you can use spell and grammar check and you’ll have a copy should it be lost somehow.
  • Promo Text (English) (many language options)
    “MySkylla Mobile Buzz v1.4 Empowers Mobile App Builders by Showcasing Potential.” 78 characters (80 max)
  • Application Type (two options):
  1. Applications
  2. Games
  • Category (24 options)
  • Copy protection (on/off)
  • Content Rating (four options)
  1. High Maturity
  2. Medium Maturity
  3. Low Maturity
  4. Everyone

I chose “Everyone” but the Android Market Team changed it to Low Maturity. They didn’t give a reason, but I suspect it’s due to the Sharing Screens and the Chat-box.

  • Choose the Countries you wish to publish in.
  • You may not wish to publish in certain countries
  1.  (France)
  2. It’s not your market
  3. You don’t wish to provide support to that market due to language or cultural barriers.
  4. Content Concerns
  • Select Supported Devices:
  • Provide Contact Information: I only provided Website and Email
  1. Website
  2. Email
  3. Phone
  •  Select “This Application meets Android Content Guidelines
  • Select “I acknowledge that my software application may be subject to United States export laws, regardless of my location or nationality. I agree that I have complied with all such laws, including any requirements for software with encryption functions. I hereby certify that my application is authorized for export from the United States under these laws.” Learn More

Ok, now that you’ve know how to publish on Android Market, let’s talk about are you ready to publish.

Just because you have an Android App, you shouldn’t place it on the Android Market. One of the strengths of Android is the market is not controlled by Google as Apple tries with iOS. Wikipedia has a good description of the Android Market. If you go to External Links in that article you’ll find a list of various app markets such as Amazon Appstore for Android.

Beware of publishing too early, a few one star ratings may doom your app to irrelevance forever.

Consider publishing on your own, (Test Market), and various other ways before you publish on Android Market.

You may have the experience and skills to immediately publish your first app on Android Market or may not care and just want a merit badge, but either way, don’t go in blindly.

I agree publishing to Market Place has some advantages, which is why I say “consider”. Someone noted that a lot if not most of what is published is “dross”, (remind me to google that word), so I’ll say make sure your app is not dross before you publish. A few people have given up on Android Market, but I’ve noticed some improvements (more needed) of the Android Market.  Depending on your app and business model, Android Market, may not be the only or best channel for distribution.

A few skills you may wish to perfect are:
1. Publishing Updates on Android Market
2. Allowing Install to SD card
3. Advertising on your App
4. Using Google Play Licensing Service
5. Marketing your App
6. Using a Secondary Online Config file.

A few tools that’ll help you publish your App:
1. Screenshots
2. Googlewallet
3. Dropbox
4. Adsense

Best of luck, please post in the Buzztouch Forum about your app so the rest of us can learn.

Fred

Safari on iOS 7 and HTML5: problems, changes and new APIs

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Interesting post found on http://www.mobilexweb.com/

Apple has rolled out iOS 7 and the new devices iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C . As expected Apple has publish just 10% of the necessary information for web developers and I can say without fear of mistake that this is the buggiest Safari version since 1.0. In this post I’ll show you the new APIs and abilities and most of the problems that you will need to deal with right now if you have a website or a webapp.

Dropbox & Buzztouch, a Perfect Match / Downloading your Source Code.

Buzztouch Process
How-To: installing Eclipse & more

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10 file-sharing options: Dropbox, Google Drive, and more

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Using Dropbox in the App

62 Things you can do with Dropbox

Automate your Dropbox Free basic Account

Warning: Don’t Share Your DropBox Folders, here’s why:
It’s not nice to share Dropbox folders.

2nd Warning: Have over 300,000 files

When using DropBox for data or image in an app, ask yourself these questions:
Did you use the public Dropbox folder?
If so, did you use a public link?
If not, did you use a share link?
Using any other link won’t work.
Note: a link to a public folder, is not necessarily a public link.

According to Dropbox’s website, users can open Word, PowerPoint, PDF and text files from directly within their browser, which saves them from needing certain software programs installed on their computer.

Interesting Question: Will the Buzztouch URL Website plugin display the Dropbox docs?

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Dropbox For Developers

Dropbox today released a version 2.0 of its desktop client for Windows and Mac OS X, featuring a new drop-down menu from which users can create links to documents and folders, accept invitations, view shared links or albums, and monitor changes to their accounts. The new client is also supported by Dropbox for Teams, the business-groomed version of the popular file-sharing service.

“If someone shares a link with you, you can now get to it immediately — directly from the Dropbox menu. You’ll get notifications in real time as people share with you, and can see them later just by clicking the Dropbox icon. You can also accept or decline invitations to shared folders directly from your desktop,” wrote Dropbox engineer Max Belanger.

Other changes include a fix to a bug through which discrete graphics could be enabled on OS X laptops.

The new menu is only enabled for Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and later, and for Windows XP and later. The new menu is the major change to Version 2.0 of Dropbox. There’s no Linux support for the time being.

On the mobile side, shared-folder notifications show up on the latest versions of the Dropbox iOS and Android apps, as well as via the Web.

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Dropbox Rest API
We wanted to let our developers know about an upcoming change to the Public folder for all user accounts. In April, we launched the ability to share any file or folder in your Dropbox with a simple link. This new sharing mechanism is a more generalized, scalable way to support many of the same use cases as the Public folder.

After July 31, 2012 we will no longer create Public folders in any new Dropbox accounts. If your app depends on Public folders, we recommend switching to the /shares API call. Public folders in existing accounts, however, will continue to function as before.

Please email us at api-program@dropbox.com if you have any questions or concerns.

– Dropbox API Team

August 10th, 2012 (This feature may be limited to Dropbox for teams) As the owner of a shared folder, you now have the ability to determine whether members can share the folder with others.

This feature will be available through a check-box labeled ‘Allow members to invite other people’ within the shared folder options. You can limit sharing with existing shared folders as well as any shared folders you create in the future. Members will still be able to create links to files within the shared folder.

To learn more about this feature, check out our help center article at https://www.dropbox.com/help/359/

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