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When your Android app is finished and ready for distribution, you'll need to export it so that it can be added to the Google Play store, or otherwise distributed to your users. When you export it for general use, you'll use a different key store then you used during development. You'll use a certificate that you generate either from eclispe or from the command line. This new key store will have a different SHA1 fingerprint then your debug key store and that fingerprint must be registered with the Google API's console.
I'm working with the version of my project that is not included in the exercise files, its called TourFinder1.0 and this is the version that I'll be uploading to the Google play store. I'll select File > Export, and then under the Android category, I'll choose Export Android Application. I'll choose the project and click Next. And then, I've already created a key store file. After selecting it, I'll type in the key store password.
I'll click, Next. Then I'll select the, Alias and I'll type in that password. And click Next again. On this screen, before you complete the expert operation, you'll see the key store fingerprints, including the SHA1 fingerprint. This is the fingerprint you need to register in the Google API's console. I'll select and copy it, and then, finish the export process. Then I'll go to the Google API's console, and I've selected my project, Explore CA TourFinder. Before I recorded this movie, I'd already gone through this process, and I added the SHA 1 fingerprint for the production certificate to this list.
It's right down here. It starts with the finger print and finishes with the package of the app/g. The other three digital finger prints are for different development computers. This architecture allows you to add multiple development computers, and the apps production certificate to a list. And all those fingerprints point to a single API key. And that's the API key that you add to the Android manifest file, right down here. So those are the last steps you need to follow before you deploy your application.
And then you'll be ready to upload the app to the Google Play store or another Android market or otherwise distribute your app with Google Maps to your users.
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