Google Play: If we can do it, so can YOU!

Yes we can! I mean, yes we did. Our new Mobile Development course is up, live and kicking. Now that we completed releasing all 4 Base Courses for Mobile Development you got everything you need. From planning, learning, building, and  now deploying a

Yes we can! I mean, yes we did. Our new Mobile Development course is up, live and kicking. Now that we completed releasing all 4 Base Courses for Mobile Development you got everything you need. From planning, learning, building, and  now deploying a full live mobile application. Our forth installment of Mobile Development Training is geared to simplifying the steps involved with getting your application into the Google Play world. In this title you will learn everything you need to know about maintaining, improving,  and configuring of your applications page on Google Play.

Our first three titles were the setup, training, building of mobile application development  Leading us to our current (4th title) where we take the application we completed building in section 3 and get it uploaded onto the Google Play market place.Click to dig in.

For lazy bunnies, a recap:

Our first course focus is an opener course for Adobe AIR. Adobe AIR is a platform that enables developers to build out their applications, get published, and get them working in 1000’s of devices. Desktops, TVs, smart touchable devices, and even mobile phones. In our first title we give you a brief overview of the platforms capabilities and show you how to publish an application that will end up being a Mac,PC, iOS, iPhone, iPad and even Android mobile application.

Our second course lays the foundations for the third where we learn the basic functions we will need for any mobile application, such as getting it to look good on multiple device sizes. Understanding device capabilities and limitations. Understanding how permissions on mobile devices work and how to get your application to react to users behaviors. In our first case we see how to listen in and modify our application depending on the current orientation of the device.

Our third course is the heart of our Mobile Development Starter Courses. We see step-by-step how to build a full and complete application based on what we learnt in course 2. By the end of section two you will have had a complete Ruler application that reacts to the users device orientation, that will look amazing on any mobile Adobe AIR friendly device.

Deeper dig into the topics included in this section:

  1. Creating a Google Play Account
    We just jump right into the water continuing from course 3 where we built out first mobile android application. In this video we jump right into the landing page of the Google Play for Developers. There is a good chance that you already have a Google account but we strongly recommend that if you have a company don’t use your private email. Instead use your cooperate account when starting up your Google Play account. Not a bad idea when your selling something as a company to make it really clear that its not a personal engagement but actually a cooperate one (legal legal legal). We picked the Google Play Store as our first example, as it is the cheapest. iOS and Amazon are a lot higher priced currently than the one time fee Google requests.Legal stuff is important, not fun to read but really important. Validate that you read through the legal stuff  before you build out your account. If you are planning on selling things you will need a Merchant Account as well. In our case this application will be free so we can skip that step.
  2. Setting up a Google Profile
    Once we are done paying our credit card bill we are ready to start filling out our developer information. In this video we talk a bit about it and fill out the form.
  3. Finalizing our application to be released onto the Google Play Store
    I changed the name of my application to “Ruler & Flashlight (2 in 1)” – just that it sounds better to me. When we validate our “app id” it should be unique by using our domain in the name – validating its name. We set up our real certificate and change the configurations of our application to publish out as a Device release instead of a Debug release. We also note that when you create your certificate, validate your certificate to be longer than 25 years (30 years). The logic behind it is that 25 years is the minimum. When a day passes your certificate is not 25 years any more but only 24 and change. Set it to 30 years, you won’t have to deal with it again for the next 5 years.
  4. It’s time to upload the APK file
    We go back into the browser and move into publish – an Android menu option (it looks like the Android Monster). There we will start a new application and set its initial configurations. Upload our  new application as an alpha application and upload it as a invisible application that would only be visible to who ever is one of our invited testers [if you want to become one of our testers just send me an email].
  5. Setting up a Google group or Google Plus hangout
    To enable alpha/beta testers we will need a way to validate the users. We can’t add manual emails. Instead we need to filter out the users using one of Google’s products. We will pick the Google Group(s) for our setup.
  6. The Google Group
    In the last video I created a new Google Group. This video I’ll continue and start managing the Group. Then start inviting members into this Group.
  7. Integrating the Google Group into our alpha group
    Once we are set up and have our Group, its time for us to enable our Group Members to join our alpha testing for the application. In this video we will show you how to add user groups to our application. By the end of this video we will finish the steps involved by building a core community around our private release application.
  8. Filling up the Store listing information
    We start by building our listing in English (you can add any language and multiple languages). We will fill out our basic copy together. By the end of this video we will concur all the steps involved currently in the Store listing.
  9. Configuring the price and distribution
    Together we configure our free application. Our application is multi-lingual. It should work great in most languages. Update our application to be more worldwide friendly (metric vs inches); not only for the inch fans out there. Although its not a language issue, the internet is international, one must be conscious of different units of measure and especially different units of currency.
  10. We are live!
    That’s almost it. Let’s click on that publish button!
  11. We are really live!
    Last video we are kind of live but not really. In this video we will show you the final steps involved in getting your users actually into your application.
  12. Final words and wrapping up
    Take a few last peaks at our application and say goodbye. Until our next title – THANKS for watching. Don’t forget to peak at our catalog to find other titles that might tigger your interest.
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