A Quick Checklist for a PhoneGap App Developer Targeting Google play

PhoneGap app development is a great way to reach out to the maximum number of prospects or consumers. Cordova is an open source framework comprising every web attributes that a developer need to build intuitive, user-friendly and secure mobile app for Android, iOS and Windows Phone users. However, the endeavor of PhoneGap app development services materializes when the app reaches to the users. Undeniably, Google Play is a great marketplace to reach out to millions of users in a quick, easy and most affordable manner.

Today, we will talk about precautions that a PhoneGap app developer must adhere to before releasing the final version of the app for Android users.

Configuring your application

Get rid of Log calls and android:debuggable attribute from your manifest file, assign values to the android:versionCode and android:versionName attributes, available with the <manifest> element. Configure several other settings to meet Google Play requirements. In case you are relying upon Gradle build files, I recommend you to use release build type to appropriately set up your build settings for the released version of your app.

Building and signing a release version of your application

To build and sign a release version of your Cordova app, use the Gradle build files with the release build type. Follow the guidelines of Android Studio to build and sign a release version of your application. Testing is an essential step of PhoneGap mobile app development methodology. Perform different level of tests and in a different environment to make sure that the app is able to meet the expectation of end-users.

Updating application resources for release

Google Play doesn’t entertain any incomplete or substandard app. Hence, the provider of PhoneGap app development services must pack all complementary and supplementary application resources including multimedia files and graphics in the release version. Simultaneously, these resources should be made available to the product server.

Preparing remote servers and services

Servers and services that host or support the Cordova application must be secure and ready to provide uninterrupted experience to Android users.

Legal Obligations

An app publisher or owner must disclose the End User License Agreement (EULA) policy containing details of do’s and don’ts, terms, and conditions, privacy guidelines, etc. with respect to the product usage.

After the successful completion of an app, an individual PhoneGap developer or company receives a signed .apk file for successful distribution of the product.