Licensing & selling an Android app

Shawn Blc shawnlivecode at gmail.com
Sun Jun 3 20:16:11 CDT 2012


Richard,

I don't know what kind of app you have, but since I'm online for the next
couple of hours, if you want to email me privately with a download link to
your apk file, I'll check it out and let you know how easy the install
went.  I'll then delete the apk file from my daughter's phone and give you
feedback.





On Sun, Jun 3, 2012 at 8:10 PM, Shawn Blc <shawnlivecode at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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.
>
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> 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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