Distribute apps whitout the app store ??

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Distribute apps whitout the app store ??

Postby Regis » Tue Nov 11, 2008 4:59 pm

My applications are more commercial than wide public.
Is it possible to sell and distribute my android aps myself whitout using the adroid app store??

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Postby MrSnowflake » Tue Nov 11, 2008 7:11 pm

Take a look at SlideMe.org
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Postby Regis » Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:21 pm

It is still an "app store like" thing.
Let me put my question another way.
It is possible to write a PC installer that will push the application to the device ?
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Postby MrSnowflake » Wed Nov 12, 2008 9:13 am

This is possible, it actually already exists. Using adb install <apk-name> will install an apk to the device. But the device has to be in debug mode to allow this!
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Postby Regis » Wed Nov 12, 2008 1:29 pm

Thanks MrSnowFlake for taking the time to answer to an android noob.

My users don't need/don't want an active cell phone, they need the "computer" part of the device.
So I am completely dependent on the capability of installing the application trhu the PC and also I need to be able to transfer data between the PC and the device during normal operation of the software.
The device is used for data collection and the collected data is then sent to the PC using the USB cable.

This is easy on Windows Mobile since ActiveSync is creating a TCP bridge between the PC and the device.
On Palm it was not so easy but I wrote a USB communication routine to do that.

I need some thing similar on android.

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Postby MrSnowflake » Wed Nov 12, 2008 2:01 pm

So you actually want an Android PDA only?
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Postby Regis » Wed Nov 12, 2008 2:50 pm

An android PDA would be great (less expansive than a cell phone) but the market is more in the cell phones right now :( Palm completely stoped making PDA only devices :cry: The Tungsten E2 was perfect for our application.
Onless some one would have the great idea to make a competitor to the iPod Touch with Android :)

Anyway, when you buy a G1, does it come with a software to sync it to the computer ?
Does this sync software allow communication between an application on the PC and an application on the device ?

Also, you talked about "adb install".
Is it thinkable to ask the user to put his device in debug mode to install my software?
Is it hard to put the device in debug mode?

Do you think it is doable to program a PC side installer that would install the application on the device without the need to ask the user to put the device in debug mode?

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Postby MrSnowflake » Wed Nov 12, 2008 3:08 pm

Actually an Android mp3 player (like the iPod Touch) would be a great idea :).

There is no sync software for the G1.

It's not hard to put it in debug mode, just check a checkbox in the settings and you're done. It could be inconvenient though. You must manually put the device in debug mode, otherwise you can't install apks.
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Postby Regis » Wed Nov 12, 2008 3:31 pm

Does it have a USB port to connect to the PC ? (edit: stupid question since you said that I can install in debug mode)
Does it have a USB driver on a CD or is it showing as a USB flash disk ?
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Postby MrSnowflake » Wed Nov 12, 2008 3:47 pm

There is a driver, but I don't know if you need it if you only want to use it as mass storage.
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Postby Regis » Wed Nov 12, 2008 3:53 pm

Actualy I don't want to use it as a mass storage. I want my application on the PC to communicate with my application on the device thru the cable.
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Postby plusminus » Thu Nov 13, 2008 5:15 pm

Regis wrote:Actualy I don't want to use it as a mass storage. I want my application on the PC to communicate with my application on the device thru the cable.


For the driver (i.e. for debugging) have a look here: http://href.to/Jo5

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