Join David Gassner for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of Distributing Android Apps (2014).
This course is accompanied by exercise files that you can use to work through the demonstrations on your own computer. I've copied the exercise files to my desktop, but you can place them anywhere on your hard disk. The exercise files consist of two versions of an app named Plain Old Notes. One version that only works on the most recent versions of Android starting with Android 4, and one version that's backward compatible to Android 2.2, or Froyo. The apps are provided in zip files, which are Eclipse archive files intended to be imported into Eclipse.
I'll describe how to import these files in an early movie in this course. The Plain Old Notes app that's used in this course is already deployed in the Google Play store and the Amazon app store, so you shouldn't try to submit it yourself. Instead, just use these apps to learn about the distribution process. But you can just as easily work through this course using your own application with its own global unique ID. The exercise files folder also contains a solution sub folder.
Here you'll find a key store file that was created during the course's recording. A number of versions of APK files. These are the packaged version of the app ready for submission. Some screenshots of the app that I will show you how to create during the course, and a readme file. The readme file has a note reminding you not to try to submit these particular application files to any of the app stores. Create your own app with its own global unique ID and then use this course to learn about the distribution process.
- 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