Licensing & selling an Android app

Shawn Blc shawnlivecode at gmail.com
Sun Jun 3 21:10:46 EDT 2012


Richard,

I believe "MOST" Android users will be able to install an apk file with no
further instruction.  That being said though, there will be the "few" that
won't be able to figure it out, either because they're a new Android device
owner, or they simply never needed to install an apk file (app) outside of
the Android Market.   I believe most Android device owners figure out
fairly quickly how to install apk files.   I know with my first Android
device, I was installing apk files the moment I learned that I could.
Within days of owning the device.  :)

I no longer use an Android device as my primary device, but my daughter has
one that I use from time to time.

If anything, in a FAQ you could link to apkInstaller or advise them to
install the apk on their sd card and install from there.  I don't know what
kind of app you have, but I'm betting most will be able to install it
without assistance.









On Sun, Jun 3, 2012 at 6:59 PM, Richard Miller <wow at together.net> wrote:

> Shawn,
>
> The question I have (not owning an Android device myself), is if we post
> an apk at our web site, will the average Android owner be able to install
> it?
> Do we need to point them to apkInstaller? Is it reasonable to require them
> to hook their Android device to their computer in order to transfer the apk
> to their sd card? Or is it even easier for them to navigate to our web site
> via their Android device browser, click a link, and then basically have the
> apk installed?
>
> Thanks.
> Richard
>
>
>
>
>
>
> On 6/3/2012 6:32 PM, Shawn Blc wrote:
>
>> I'm definitely still learning when it comes to LC, however I've installed
>> hundreds of apk files on various Android enabled devices using
>> apkInstaller.  From those that I know and even my 12 year old daughter
>> knows how to install apk files that aren't available on the Android
>> Market.
>>   With the apkInstaller app or similar, you can install apk files via
>> email, dropbox, your website, USB, etc.
>>
>> Even if you put the apk on your mini sd card in your Android device you
>> should have no problems installing the apk with or without the
>> apkInstaller.
>>
>>
>>
>> On Sun, Jun 3, 2012 at 5:16 PM, Richard Miller<wow at together.net>  wrote:
>>
>>  Are you certain that this works this easily on most Android devices? From
>>> my little testing, this didn't seem to work reliably. I had to use an app
>>> like tAttachApkInstaller (specifically designed to install apk's sent by
>>> email), but even that didn't seem to work reliably or easily on the
>>> half-dozen phones I tried at Verizon.
>>>
>>>
>>>  If you send the apk as an email attachment, clicking the link in the
>>>
>>>> email will install the app provided the customer reads the email on
>>>> their
>>>> Android device.
>>>>
>>>> There are many other ways too, but they usually involved an Android file
>>>> manager. Dropbox is another easy, direct way to install but not all your
>>>> customers may have that.
>>>>
>>>>
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