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Android Development Tools for Eclipse by Sanjay Shah, Khirulnizam Abd Rahman

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Chapter 8. Signing and Distributing APK

All the hard work done so far is not going to pay off unless we distribute our application for others to use. An Android application has to be signed before it goes on the radar for distribution. Any Android application, be it used in the emulator or distributed to friends, relative for testing, or published to Google Play store, needs to be signed electronically. In this chapter, we will learn about how to sign it and publish it for use by others. This chapter will cover the following:

  • APK (Android package)
  • Preparing for release
  • Compilation for release
  • Generating a private key
  • Using the Eclipse ADT for release
  • Publish to Google Play

APK – Android package

The Android package (APK), in simple terms, is similar to ...

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