Getting a test version of an .apk to a end user

by John Lussmyer » Tue, 04 Jan 2011 06:54:07 GMT


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 Is there any relatively easy way for me to send a test version of my app.apk
file to a user?
I may have fixed a problem he's seeing (that doesn't happen on my phone of
course), and I'd like to have him test it BEFORE I deploy it to the store.

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Re: Getting a test version of an .apk to a end user

by Wayne Wenthin » Tue, 04 Jan 2011 06:56:15 GMT


 I've taken to putting the latest version on the website and letting them
download and install from there.








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Re: Getting a test version of an .apk to a end user

by John Lussmyer » Tue, 04 Jan 2011 06:58:24 GMT


 You mean you put it out on the Android Marketplace?






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Re: Getting a test version of an .apk to a end user

by metal mikey » Tue, 04 Jan 2011 08:55:32 GMT


 Is Email easy enough?

Note: because you will have the tester install out-of-band from the
Market, the tester will need to uninstall the App first.






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Re: Re: Getting a test version of an .apk to a end user

by John Lussmyer » Tue, 04 Jan 2011 09:23:47 GMT


 Okay, email is fine - but how does an average end-user get the file onto
their Android Device?
That's what I was asking.








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Re: Getting a test version of an .apk to a end user

by metal mikey » Tue, 04 Jan 2011 09:50:07 GMT


 Your tester will need to uninstall the current from-market instance of
your App then go to MENU > SETTINGS > APPLICATIONS > and check 'Unkown
sources' to allow the not-from-market install. Then upon opening (aka
clicking on) the .apk file attached to the email you sent, Android
will install the App.








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Re: Getting a test version of an .apk to a end user

by Per » Tue, 04 Jan 2011 13:43:54 GMT


 I usually
1: put the apk on my own website (not the market)
2: make a QR-code image containing the URL to the apk (see e.g.
 http://code.google.com/intl/da-DK/apis/chart/docs/gallery/qr_codes.html )
3: Instruct the user to install Barcode Scanner from market
4: Use Barcode Scanner to scan the QR

(and yes, the above comments about market/non-market origins and
allowing unknown sources are crucial)

BR
Per










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Re: Re: Getting a test version of an .apk to a end user

by YuviDroid » Tue, 04 Jan 2011 17:19:33 GMT


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But if you sign the apk with the same key that has been used to upload the
app on Market the user should be able to update the app without uninstalling
it. (at least I tried that with my own apps and it worked fine..)

Usually I send the apk by email, and tell the user to use a file manager to
install it. Then if he doesn't have 'Unkown
sources' checked he will just get a warning when trying to install and if I
remember correctly there should be also a popup with instructions on
how/where to enable it.










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Re: Re: Getting a test version of an .apk to a end user

by John Lussmyer » Tue, 04 Jan 2011 23:47:26 GMT


 My phone, Motorola Backflip running 2.1, doesn't HAVE an "Unknown Sources"
option in the Applications menu.
When I try to install an app from email, I get a "Security Warning: This
application comes from an unknown source, and for your security only
applications from trusted sources can be installed."





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Re: Re: Getting a test version of an .apk to a end user

by Nikolay Elenkov » Tue, 04 Jan 2011 23:53:35 GMT


 


You can thank your carrier for that. AT&T?

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Re: Re: Getting a test version of an .apk to a end user

by John Lussmyer » Wed, 05 Jan 2011 00:00:42 GMT


 Yeah, AT&T is the only one with signal where I live. (and it's marginal at
that.  The phone often shows 5 bars and 3G - then drops to no signal
suddenly.)

On Tue, Jan 4, 2011 at 7:53 AM, Nikolay Elenkov





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Re: Re: Getting a test version of an .apk to a end user

by TreKing » Wed, 05 Jan 2011 00:07:21 GMT


 




Goodness, I would move =P

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Re: Getting a test version of an .apk to a end user

by Lance Nanek » Wed, 05 Jan 2011 00:33:52 GMT


 > Then upon opening (aka

Wow, I had tested that previously, and it didn't work. The APK just
got downloaded and there was no way to actually install it, without
third party help like file managers, which are annoying to have to
explain to users. I tried emailing an APK just now, though, and there
was an Install button next to it in Gmail which worked (Nexus One,
Android 2.2.1). So I guess it got fixed. I wonder if earlier versions
of Android still can't install directly from email, however, or
something like that.









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Re: Re: Getting a test version of an .apk to a end user

by John Lussmyer » Wed, 05 Jan 2011 00:35:17 GMT


 Nah, It's too hard to find 20 acres of forest where I can own Cougars.







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Re: Re: Getting a test version of an .apk to a end user

by brian purgert » Wed, 05 Jan 2011 02:15:25 GMT


 Ok just put an app out and call it test app(read description) and in the
description explain to them to email and put an email button in your app,
look if you want alot of feed back from alot of people all using diffrent
phones this is a good way to go.





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