If there has been an upgrade or change made to your app, and you have elected to publish your Android app on your own, DoubleDutch will supply you with a new build of your app. It will have a higher version number, bug fixes, and/or possibly some feature enhancements. What you will want to do is upload it to the Google Play Developer Console and have it approved by Google as soon as possible so that your users can benefit from the upgrade.
- First, log in to the Google Play Developer Console.
- Next, locate your app in the app choices listed for your developer account. Click on the appropriate app.
- Next, click on 'Release Management', then 'App Releases'.
- To upload a new .APK file, click on 'Manage Production', then 'Create Release'.
- Drag and drop the new .APK file into the 'APKs to add' section. You'll notice that the previous APK version will become deactivated. This is normal.
- The release name will automatically update to the next appropriate version. For "What's new in the release?" you can put "Bug Fixes and Feature Enhancements".
- Click 'Save', then 'Review' to proceed.
- Finally, review the release information on the next screen. Then scroll down to the bottom and click 'Start Rollout to Production'.
You have finished your app update! This means that your app submission has been put into the review queue in Google’s review department. Typically, reviews of app updates take less time than new apps. However, it all depends on Google and their review queue. App update approval can take several days. It is advisable to take this into account when planning your app launch.
Note: during the app update process, you also have the opportunity to update things like your app name, icon, etc. To do this, you can follow the "Set up your store listing" instructions on the Google Play developer site.