21Releasing, Distributing, and Monitoring Applications

Having created a compelling new Android application, the next step is to share it with the world. In this final chapter, you learn how to prepare your app for release, and how to create and use a signing certificate to sign your applications before you distribute them.

You’ll be introduced to the Google Play Store, learn how to create a developer profile, and how to create your application listing. You’ll also learn how to use the Alpha and Beta release channels to test your app, before using staged rollouts to ensure updates are rolled out in a way to minimize the risk of distributing an update with critical bugs.

The Google Play Store includes a number of tools to monitor your apps in production. You’ll learn how to use the statistics, vitals, user acquisition, and user feedback pages to better understand how your app is performing on real devices for real users.

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