Native app is the one that is directly accessed from a device. These apps are installed through an application store (Google Play, IOS Store). Developed specifically for a specific platform, these native apps can take full advantage of the specific device’s features and capabilities. They are built for specific platforms and are written in languages that the platform accepts, for example, Swift and Objective-C for iOS apps and Java for native Android apps. In today’s day and age not everyone is an expert with code and hence there are provisions for people to work on the UI of the app without indulging in coding. This ‘No Coding’ philosophy works only on powerful native app publishers. To put things into context we shall take examples of Android application software which require no coding and then we shall discuss on how to publish those apps. The end result of an application development software is an APK file which is uploaded to the Google Play Store.
We discussed in one of the articles previously, the software used to develop applications with no coding required. This software is widely used by people all around the world and is also specifically recommended by Escale Solutions.
Some of those native app builders are mentioned below:
1. Appery.io – Appery.io has a great visual editor which has drag and drop components making it easy to build the UI of an app without any coding knowledge. It generates code in the background when the user is making changes to the app. In the end, it generates an APK which can be used to upload to Google Play Store.
2. Appy Pie – Appy Pie acts as a great tool for beginners as it focussed on usability. If you want to build a mobile app, you will have to do so from scratch, rather than inputting a URL and importing content from your website.
Other application development software includes TheAppBuilder, GoodBarber, and BiznessApps. Now let’s assume we have the APK file which we intend to publish and make it available to the general public. What next?
1. Create a Developer account
You need to have a Google Developer account to publish your application. You would have to pay a registration fee of 25 USD, using Google payments, While registering your publisher account. After that, a verification mail would be sent to you and then you sign in to your developer console, where all action would take place.
2. Enter the Google Play Developer Console
Developer console is a starting point and main dashboard for publishing tools and operations. Click on PUBLISH AN ANDROID APP ON GOOGLE PLAY button. Once you click it you will be asked basic things about the title of the native app, the icon of the application. You need to provide all the details of the application – type, description etc. in the “Store listing” tab. Over there you need to add details of the app like “Full description” and “Short description”. Along with this add categorization, contact details, the link to promo video if you have, add screenshots and other necessary details to the native app.
3. Upload your app
When you are signed in your Google Play developer console, click on “Add new application” from “All Applications tab”. After this select correct “Default Language” from the drop-down menu and then type “title” of your app which would appear on Google Play store. Then, select “Upload APK” button to view on the new page which would be your homepage for an app. Time is taken to upload file depend on your native app size. The app will be in drafts until or unless you publish it.
4. Alpha and beta testing of an app
Before the launch of the native app, google play provides user to have their APKs tested and provide necessary feedback. After you uploaded your app’s “APK” file you can use these options for receive URL that can be shared with testers. By using this link, Testers can download app beta or alpha version. Your testers can not provide reviews and feedback on the app page. Now you use this feedback to make relevant changes and optimize your app before publishing in an app store.
5. Add pricing details
Now move on next tab, which is “Pricing and Distribution” and select it is “Paid” or “Free” app. You also select countries and checkboxes stating your native app is consistent with guidelines.
6. Publishing the Application
After filling up all information and all three tabs “Pricing and Distribution”, “Store Listing” and “APK” have been filled and a green check mark appears next to them, you are all ready to publish an app in Google Play. After then click on “Publish this app” button under “Ready to Publish” drop-down menu at the top right corner of Developer console. If your app status changed to Pending publication, it means your app is successfully submitted to Google Play. A confirmation bar would show up stating your app would appear shortly in Google Play Store.
Congratulations, you have successfully uploaded an application on Google Play Store!!
For more: Why Native App Development?