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Viggo Poulsen, Fabrice Harari

WM18 Check for new program, from Android

Startbeitrag von Viggo Poulsen am 07.10.2013 17:02

Hi there

Can somebody give me a push in the right direction ?

I have almost finished my first Android app. What are your experience with
Deploying via Google play ?
Deploying via an .apk file from own web server ?

My customers are ( I hope ) many, but not technically experts. So I would need a menu point in my app, saying 'check for a new version of the program, and install it easy'. I'm not sure how to do this, so any hint/help would be wellcome.

Best regards
Viggo Poulsen


Hi Viggo

I would definitely go the google play way... In the other case, on top of all the things YOU will have to manage, you will also have to make ALL your users change the settings of their phones/tablet to allow installing aps from another source than google play...

I don't want to be the guy on the phone guiding each and everyone of them through the settings to find the option in question :-(

Having your app in google play is just a question of blocking its usage to anybody who shouldn't use it (you can even in that case make it an advertisement for you company)

Best regards

von Fabrice Harari - am 07.10.2013 19:22
Hi Frabrice

Good points.
I guess I could make it downloadable for everyone and then allow them to test it with company 1, user 1 and password 1. When they buy it, they get their own login.

Havent tried to publish anything yet, but is there any mechanism to tell the user that there is a new version available ? (some push message, i guess)

Best regards
Viggo Poulsen

von Viggo Poulsen - am 07.10.2013 19:58
Hi Viggo

the android system is already doing that for you... In fact, it can even do the download/install automatically, without the user having to do anything (just a message afterward telling the user an update has been installed)... So adding any kind of mechanism on top of that is juts adding complexity...

What I find usefull is to have a list of all the new stuff of a version displayed the first time a new version is open

Best regards

von Fabrice Harari - am 08.10.2013 15:32
Hi Fabrice

You are quite right. If it works, then don't touch it :-)
I just did not know that the Android system worked that way. Does it meen that when I put a new version of my program on Google play, then that's it. Google play takes care of the rest together with Android ?

Best regards
Viggo Poulsen

von Viggo Poulsen - am 08.10.2013 16:45
Hi again

yes, that's exactly what it means... An advice though, considering your questions... Before developping and publishing an app for android, a good idea would be to USE an android phone or tablet, download a few apps, and see how all this works from the user point of view.

As you whole line of questionning was about basic android behavior, it would probably help you see other potential problems that you may not be aware of now

Best regards

von Fabrice Harari - am 08.10.2013 18:40
Great, then I will use that method.

You are absolutely right that I am a smartphone novice. I'v made PC programs for appr. 27 years and have just started on Android some month ago. I bought a smartphone to test on, so I am slowly learning to use it :-) . My first App (android, + WB + WB webservices) are almost ready so looking forward to make it public :-)

Thank you for your help, It is much appreciated.

Best regards
Viggo Poulsen.

von Viggo Poulsen - am 08.10.2013 18:54
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