Things you should remember when publishing and distributing your Android mobile app
Publishing to Google Play is the process that allows you to deliver your app to all users with a suitable Android device – or at least for a group of users you’ve selected. That’s why it is necessary to take this very seriously and to make sure all the final preparations and polishing is done well.
Make sure you publish your app after full development and testing cycles, when the debug phase is done. For successful publishing to Google Play, please make sure your app satisfies Google requirements, including functionality, user interface, Android material design requirements and other specifications.
What should be checked before publishing
Once the app is prepared for release and signed, you can publish it for app distribution among a wide group of users.
How to select the method of your mobile app distribution
There are different ways you can publish your app and make it available for users. Of course, the preferable one is to place your app at Google Play, the official marketplace for Android applications. But if you would like your app to pass regression testing by Ubertesters crowd community or to be distributed to a limited group of users or beta-testers, you need to select from the alternative ways.
Usually, the alternative distribution methods include:
App distribution via email
If you do not know, how to distribute your mobile app, distribution via email is the easiest way. You just need to attach the necessary app version to the email and send it to the trusted users. However, this method hides a lot of disadvantages, where the main one is a security breach and the possibility of unauthorized mobile app distribution by other users.
Direct installation via cable
This is a secure method, but it requires the presence of a user with a device next to the developer. It makes direct distribution an inconvenient way, possible for very limited groups of internal testers.
Over-the-air app distribution
Over-the-air distribution is the most convenient way to distribute your app before its final publishing to Google Play. Usually over-the-air is provided by the external mobile testing platform that gives the possibility to install the app through its website or mobile service. Before using such a service, please make sure it provides controlled OTA – the ability to provide and restrict an access to the users when you need to.
Our Ubertesters platform allows users to fully control over-the-air distribution, including build and user management, so your app is securely protected from unauthorized access and pirates. You can manage an access to particular users or user groups and deliver your app to all your beta-users or testers within a few minutes.
If you are using OTA, please do not forget to enable the option ‘Unknown sources’ in your device’s settings – otherwise, Android system will not allow you to install the app from non-market place resource.