In order to publish an Android App on Google Play Store, you need to have a Basic Plan or above and a Google Developer account ( https://play.google.com/apps/publish/signup/ ). Anyone can create a Google Developer account for a one time fee of $25.
In order to get the .apk file that will be uploaded on Google Developer website, you need first to submit the app from Application Dashboard > Ready to Publish.
You may request the "Instant Build" or "Build & Publish" option during the submission process. You may see here what each setting from the submission process means
Once you finished the submission process of the app, you will receive a download link for the Binary File on the Email address that was registered with the AppBuilder account. The download link can also be found in Application Dashboard.
Download the Binary File. It will be in .zip format. Unzip it and find the .apk file inside - called "app-release.apk"
If you selected "Instant Build" during the submission process, you will received the download link for the binary file within one hour.
If you selected "Build & Publish", you will receive the binary file within 2 business days. Also, we will add screenshots for the application inside the zip folder.
Once you have done all the above mentioned steps, you can publish the app on your Google Developer account.
Step 1. Login on your Google Developer console account https://play.google.com/apps/ and select "Add new application"
Step 2. Set a title for the application and then upload the .apk file which is located in the zip folder downloaded from brick&mobile website.
Step 3. The next step is Store Listing. Here you need to set the Application's Metadata (title, description, screenshots, etc).
a) Title, Description and Promo Text. The end user will see the Application Title, Description an Promo Text on Google Play Store. The Promo Text field is optional. If you complete this field, then you need also to upload a Promo Graphics Image.
b) Screenshots. You can upload up to 8 screenshots for each supported device platform; phone, 7-inch tablet, and 10-inch tablet.
c) Icons, graphics and promo video. To publish your Store Listing, a High-res icon is required. This icon is used in various locations on Google Play.
High-res icon requirements:
Promo graphic requirements
Categorization. Here you need to set an Application Type, Category and Rating. The Google Play ratings system consists of four levels:
- Low maturity
- Medium maturity
- High maturity
Step 5. If you are using In-App Billings in your app, then you may create them here. Follow this tutorial to do that http://support.brickandmobile.com/hc/en-us/articles/203438484-In-App-Billing-Android- .If you do not have In-App Billings in your app, then skip this step.
Step 6. You may set a License Key for your App in the Services & APIs section. Here you may find the License Key for your App.
Copy this key and paste it on brick&mobile website in App Dashboard > Application Settings > Platform Specific Options .
The Application License Key will make the app only download-bale and workable from Google Play Store. The app will not work if it is downloaded and installed from any other place.
If you do not need this setting then skip this step.
*Note that in order use this setting, you need to set the Application License Key on brick&mobile website, before submitting the app.
Step 7. Once you are done with all the steps, you may publish the app. If the "Publish this app" option is not available then it means that you have missed one of the setting from the above mentioned steps.
Once the app is published , it will be available on Google Play Store in 2-4 hours.