The beauty of being a developer in the second decade of the 21st century is the sheer range and diversity of platforms, tools and environments you can develop with and for. It's no exaggeration to say that, on this score, we really are spoiled for choice and nowhere does this hold truer than developing for the Android platform.uploading your APK file for distribution on Google Play...
Log into your Developer Console account (if you're not already logged in) and click on to the Publish an Android App on Google Play button (top left hand panel in the Developer Console window):
You'll be presented with a modal window allowing you to Add a New Application where you are prompted for the following information:
- Default Language
Then you have a choice of whether you want to upload an APK file, prepare a store listing or cancel adding a new application.
Complete the form and click on the Upload APK button.
Now you've created a name for your App you can choose to upload the signed APK file that you generated earlier or obtain a license key:
If you want to prevent unauthorised distribution of your App click on the Get license key button where you can obtain a license key (which is automatically generated on your behalf) which you can then include in the APK binary:
Once you've included your license key (which you can find out more about here) you can return to the APK screen (using the APK link in the menu to the left-hand side of the screen).
Click on the Upload your first APK to Production button which will load a modal window where you can choose to upload the signed APK file that you generated earlier:
And, once the upload has successfully completed (the animated Android icon during upload is pretty funky), you'll be able to create a store listing for your App (where you can enter information about the App as well as upload screenshots and videos to showcase the App in the Play store) like so:
As well as determine the price of your App and the countries in which it will be distributed:
Once you've completed all of the above steps in full:
- Uploaded a signed APK file
- Created a store listing
- Determined the fee for your App (if you want to set a price) and the countries through which it will be distributed
You can then publish your App live to the Google Play store (by simply changing the Draft mode towards the top right-hand side of the Developer Console window).
This may take a few hours or more but eventually you'll be able to see your App available for other users of the Google Play store to download and install.
And that is how simple it is to distribute your Android Apps through the Google Play store as a registered developer.