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Posted 02 November 2012 - 08:40 AM
In short - how can I use my Java app on my Android phone.
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Posted 02 November 2012 - 10:03 AM
There is a tutorial here with links to instructions on building your first app, and also with links to the tools you will need.
Check out my book, Game Development with Unity, aimed at beginners who want to build fun games fast.
Also check out my personal website at bryanwagstaff.com, where I occasionally write about assorted stuff.
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Posted 02 November 2012 - 03:49 PM
Most handsets if you just stick a .apk on the SD card or internal memory somewhere (downloaded from dropbox, mediafire, wherever) and then find it in the file browser will install the .apk to the device and add it to the app screens as normal. Some cell operators distribute handsets with branded firmware which may disable this functionality however that is very rare (I have come across one HTC handset on the vodaphone network with it removed).
So really if you want to bypass the play store entirely you would compile your application to a single .apk file. Stick it on a file sharing service. Users would find it in browser, it would be downloaded into their downloads folder on their SD card. When they tap it on the SD card it will prompt for install, they click yes, it installs it, done.
Most people just use the google play store as 99% of users rarely venture outside of it to obtain their apps.
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Posted 02 November 2012 - 05:18 PM
Soo...I don't really need to follow the tutorial that frob linked me to - I can instead use my finished code piece and compile it with something else in short?
The application model is quite different as well, Android apps are not written in the same way as normal Java apps.
The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!