Although there are many app markets for distributing an application, Google Play is arguably the largest and most visited store in the world for Android apps. Google Play provides a single platform for distributing, advertising, selling, and analyzing the sales of an Android application.
This section will cover topics that are specific to Google Play, such as registering to become a publisher, gathering assets to help Google Play promote and advertise your application, guidelines for rating your application on Google Play, and using filters to restrict the deployment of an application to certain devices.
To distribute an application through Google Play, a developer account must be created. This only needs to be performed once, and does involve a one time fee of $25USD.
All applications need to be signed with a cryptographic key that expires after October 22, 2033.
The maximum size for an APK published on Google Play is 100MB. If an application exceeds that size, Google Play will allow extra assets to be delivered through APK Expansion Files. Android Expansion files permit the APK to have 2 additional files, each of them up to 2GB in size. Google Play will host and distribute these files at no cost. Expansion files will be discussed in another section.
Google Play is not globally available. Some locations may not be supported for the distribution of applications.
In order to publish applications on Google play, it is necessary to have a publisher account. To sign up for a publisher account follow these steps:
Google Play does not support all countries in the world. The most up to date lists of countries can be found in the following links:
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