Sunday, September 16, 2012

Google Play: Before publishing

You developed your first application or a game on Android and decided to publish Google Play. And in a few more similar Android markets. Each market requires a different set of media resources. In this article I want to talk about the more common requirements to resources that will be required to publish the application.


Structure of folders 

For more comfort and faster access to the necessary materials, I suggest first to structure your project within a folder.
Consider structuring the project in my example:

Build - here placed apk (current version).
Documents - here keeps all the documents related to the current project (specification, development plan and more).
Market - in this folder placed all the resources necessary for the market. Consider its structure:
Google Play: Before publishing - Structure of folders
  • Banners - Banners application different resolutions;
  • Descriptions - description of the application in different languages;
  • Icons - icon of the application of different permissions;
  • Screenshots - screenshots of different formats and resolutions.
Resource - all application resources, which I used to create it (sketches, user interface elements, sounds, and more.)
Version - used to store all versions of the application. Instead of the folder easier to use SVN.
We now proceed directly to the requirements of the various markets.

Screenshots

For comfort the screenshots can be placed in different folders: jpg, png and others.
For Landscape mode:
  • 800x480
  • 320x240
  • 480x800
  • 240x320
  • 480x854
For Portrait mode:
  • 480x800
  • 240x320
  • 480x854

Banners 

Banners are used to advertise their application, or to describe the application.
The basic resolutions:
  • 1024x500
  • 636x310
  • 180x120

Icons

Icons are usually divided into high-resolution icon and application icon.
The basic resolutions:
  • 512x512
  • 128x128
  • 125x125
  • 100x100
  • 72x72
  • 64x64
  • 50x75
  • 32x32

Descriptions

To more users of your application, it is best to transfer the application to the description of all the possible languages that are available for the market. If you can make a professional translation, you can use a translator, for example Google Translate. The main languages of statistics Google Play: English, Korean, German, Japanese, Spanish, Russian, French, Chinese and Italian.