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Xamarin 4.x Cross-Platform Application Development - Third Edition by Jonathan Peppers

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Signing your Android applications

All Android packages (apk files) are signed by a certificate or a keystore file to enable their installation on a device. When you are debugging/developing your application, your package is automatically signed by a development key that was generated by the Android SDK. It is fine to use this debug key for development or even beta testing; however, it cannot be used on an application distributed to Google Play.

Complete the following setup to create a signed APK:

  1. Click on the solution configuration dropdown in the top-left corner of Xamarin Studio and select Release.
  2. Next, select your Android application project and click on Build | Archive for Publishing.
  3. Next, select the created Android archive and click Sign and ...

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