There are two main steps involved in building apps to the Google Play. The first of these steps is how to generate your built binary from the FeedHenry Studio and the second is how to submit your app to the Marketplace itself.
Before being able to generate apps for distribution to the marketplace you must set up an Android Developer Account. Once you have this setup you will be able to generate apps on the FeedHenry Studio.
N.B.: Before a developer can publish an app to the Google Play, they must have an Android Developer Profile set up. A profile can be setup at http://market.android.com/publish/signup.
You require certain resources to generate apps for testing on handsets and submitting to the Market, these are listed here, with an explanation of what they are
- Distribution Certificate
- This is a certificate that is used to build release apps for submission to the Google Play. When you submit an app to the market, this certificate is used to identify you as the app developer
- Private Key
- This is a file whose contents are known only to the owner. During the app building process, the app is digitally signed using this key. This means the developers digital signature is left on the App, allowing the App to be tied back to the developer.
Build Your App
To build your FeedHenry Hybrid App in the FeedHenry Studio, select the App you want to build, then choose Build
from the navigation menu.
You will now see the list of possible destinations, select Android Application
. You will now be presented with the build settings for different types of App build for Android.
We are interested in a Release build as this is the type of build required for submission to the Marketplace. For the release build you are required to upload an appropriate certificate for generation. For the Debug build no certificate is necessary. You can upload certificates in the My Account
Section per destination. If you have these uploaded you will be brought to the generation screen where you will be asked to choose the target version of the Android SDK you require.
N.B.: If you don't have these uploaded you will be brought to the Android Destination screen in the My Account section. Here you can upload all resources that are needed. As you can see a Distribution Certificate and a Private Key are required to enable you to create distribution builds.
We are going to choose 1.5 as our SDK version and select Next
An APK file is now generated for you for submission to the marketplace.
To learn how to do this look at Publishing to the Google Play