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Xamarin Mobile Application Development for Android - Second Edition by Nilanchala Panigrahy

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Different app distribution options

Android developers have a number of options for distributing their applications, which include the following:

  • Self-publishing via a private Cloud or via website links
  • Distributing via e-mail attachments
  • Publishing in Google Play
  • Publishing in third-party app stores

Self-publishing via website links or e-mails

Website links and e-mail attachments are pretty straightforward, easy to accomplish, and may be suitable for some apps that are used internally by a company or by a small group of associates.

Prior to installing apps from a website link or an e-mail attachment, you must first update your device security settings to allow apps to be installed from Unknown sources. Let's take a look at the following screenshot:

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