App Info

The first step in creating your project is describing your app and selecting an application icon.

Basic App Information

App Name

The App Name is the name that will be shown on the action bar on top of the dashboard and underneath your app icon. Below is an example using the App Name "Redline News."

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App Version

The version number allows you to keep track of releases of your app. Once you release your app to the public you will want to increment this version number each time you distribute a new version (1.0.0, 1.0.1 etc.). If your app is in Google Play, this will let people know that a new version is available.

Target Market

Use this setting in order to build a version of your app that will target a specific marketplace. The setting controls destination links for Google Play activities, PDF dependencies, share text, etc. so they point to either Google Play or the Amazon Appstore. More information can be found in the Making Kindle Fire apps with Andromo knowledge base article.

  • Google Play: Android Phones and Tablets – Select this when you are building your app for distribution in Google Play. Share links and Google Play activities will always use Google Play links.
  • Amazon Appstore: Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD – Select this when you are building your app for distribution through the Amazon Appstore. Share links and Google Play activities will use Amazon Appstore links. Note: This must be selected for approval in the Amazon Appstore.
  • Samsung Apps: Android Galaxy devices – Select this when you are building your app for distribution through the Samsung Apps app store. Share links and Google Play activities will use Samsung Apps links. Note: The Samsung Apps store only allows deep linking using package names, the “Showing all of your Apps” and "Using a General Search Query" Google Play Activity options are not supported when targeting Samsung apps.

Category

This describes what category your app falls into. Choose the category name that best describes the content in your app.

Package Name

This allows you to select which default package name will be used for the app.

Switching between the standard and alternate package names can be useful if you want to build a second version of your app with small modifications -- for example, an ad-free version of your app. It can also be useful if you need to relaunch your project as a "new" app in Google Play, with a different package name.

What is a package name?

The package name is a string of text that serves as a unique identifier for the app. For example, the package name is used in the URL when linking to an app in Google Play.

Each app in Google Play must have its own package name. Once an app has been uploaded to Google Play, its package name is "locked in" forever -- you will always need to use that same package name to update the app, and no other app will be able to use that package name.

If you changed the package name and rebuilt the app, Google Play would see it as a different app, because of the package name.

When you start an Andromo project, two unique package names are generated for you. The default package names begin with either "com.andromo" or "net.andromo" followed by a unique developer id and project id.

You can override the default package names if you are on the Professional subscription plan:

Custom Package Name

Only visible if you are on the Professional plan.

WARNING: Leave this blank unless you are 100% sure of what you are doing and why you are doing it.

Anything you enter will be used as the package name for your Android app. More information on this setting can be found in the package section of the Android Manifest documentation:

A full Java-language-style package name for the application. The name should be unique. The name may contain uppercase or lowercase letters ('A' through 'Z'), numbers, and underscores ('_'). However, individual package name parts may only start with letters.

To avoid conflicts with other developers, you should use Internet domain ownership as the basis for your package names (in reverse). For example, applications published by Google start with com.google. You should also never use the com.example namespace when publishing your applications.

Caution: Once you publish your application, you cannot change the package name. The package name defines your application's identity, so if you change it, then it is considered to be a different application and users of the previous version cannot update to the new version.

It is not necessary to change the package name, and most users will never see the package name. However if you want to change your package name to follow package naming conventions or change it for a customer you can.

You also must avoid reserved Java keywords when creating your package name. You can find a list of these in the Java Language Keywords topic. If your package name includes any of these, it will fail during the build process.

If you leave this field blank Andromo will use a default package name in this format:

com.andromo.devXXXX.appYYYY

Where XXXX is your User ID, and YYYY is the Project ID.

Note: If you change your package name while you have a Professional subscription and then let your Professional subscription expire, you will not be able to update your app in Google Play, as the package name will revert to the default. Change this value with care.

License Agreement

Show License Agreement

Allows you to show a EULA to your users that they must accept before running your app. The dialog is shown when the user launches your app for the first time. If the user declines, the app with exit. See example screenshot below.

License Title

The title to show on the license agreement dialog.

License Text

The text you want to show on the license agreement dialog.

Example License Dialog

Below is an example of how the dialog looks with some sample license text:

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App Icon

The app icon allows users to easily identify your app on their phone/tablet in order to run it. It's shown in various places, such as their apps list, and when they're managing their applications. See example images below for the "Redline News" app icon.

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