Join David Gassner for an in-depth discussion in this video Registering as a Google Play Developer, part of Android App Development: Distributing Android Apps (2014).
In order to distribute apps through the Google play store, you'll need a Google play developer account. You can get the account by going to the developer console. Go to developer.android.com and click the distribute link then click the link for the developer console. If you're not logged in with a Google account I.D, you'll be prompted for one. If you don't have one, you'll need to create one. And then you should come to this screen. On this screen, you can read the Google play developer distribution agreement, by clicking the link.
Read through it thoroughly and make sure that its terms are acceptable to you. Then go back to the developer console page and check the option that says that you agree to the terms. As of the time of this recording, you needed to pay a $25 registration fee to become a Google Play developer. Click the button to continue to payment and then follow the prompts on this screen to complete your purchase through Google Wallet. Once your payment has been accepted you'll see this dialog and you can continue the registration process.
When you get to this data entry form, you are almost done with the registration process. Next, enter a developer name. This has to be unique name. You can't use a name that's used by anyone else in Google Play. I'll use a developer name that I won't actually use to publish apps of David Gassner at lynda.com. Next, I'll add my email address. I'll leave the website empty, and I'll add in a fictional phone number. If you'd like to receive occasional emails about development and opportunities, check this option and then when you're done click the button to complete your registration.
If your registration is accepted, you'll come to this screen. And you'll be ready to go into the process of publishing an app. Click the button labeled publish an Android app and assign a title. I'm going to assign a title of New Plain Old Notes. I wont actually be publishing this app through this identity because the app is already published. But I'll use this title to distinguish it from the real application. And now you're ready to upload your APK. Click the button and you'll come to the primary developer console screen.
And you're now ready to upload the APK and fill in the store listing for your app. >> We'll get into those details in the next movie.
- Packaging an Android app
- Distributing through Google vs. Amazon vs. Barnes & Noble
- Exporting the APK file
- Testing the app
- Shrinking and protecting an app with ProGuard
- Creating and uploading screenshots to Google Play
- Adding in-app products
- Tracking app usage and revenue