Making an Android app is hard.
Even when the process of actually building the app is over, the hardships continue. The challenges in getting your app published on the Google Play Store are a whole other can of worms. Of course, there are numerous third-party app stores out there, each with a unique procedure for publishing apps.
The prospect is arduous, and rife with hurdles.
Yandex, the biggest search engine from Russia, is collaborating with CodeNgo, a Sydney-based app publishing company, to make getting your Android app to the awaiting public. The solution they have found is an open source file format, AppDF.
What is AppDF?
CodeNgo and Yandex along with the Opera and SlideMe app stores are supporting this Android developer community initiative spearheaded by the One Platform Foundation (OPF) to create AppDF, which is a universal application description file for app stores.
“Most Android developers are forced to limit their distribution opportunities to only one or two stores, while app stores lose their chances to host good apps, just because of the imperfect publishing routine,” explained Vassili Philippov, OPF founder and head of mobile product distribution at Yandex.
Chris Jones, co-founder of CodeNgo added, “We’re supporting AppDF because we believe that it will significantly lower the obstacles for developers trying to monetize their apps and also enable a healthier alternative app store ecosystem.”
Who is AppDF’s audience?
Developers will benefit from adopting AppDF. Its usage is quite simple. The process is basically as simple as creating a zip archive; only the AppDF extension can easily submitted to all the major “alternative” app stores, or through CodeNgo.
The best part? AppDF is available to developers free of charge.
Well whatcya waiting for? Get with the app making awesomeness!