Google Play: How to filter out your app for specific devices only

If you are publishing an Android app that should only be available to a specific device, like my new Ambient Temperature Galaxy S4 app does, you can use this method to help narrow down which devices it will be available on, in Google Play store. This applies to your AndroidManifest.xml file in you app project: First of all, you can set the minSdkVersion to the sdk version that the Galaxy S 4 is shipping with, which is Android 4.

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"Ambient Temperature Galaxy S4" app released to Google Play!

May 7, 2013 my app called* Ambient Temperature Galaxy S4* was released to Google Play. This is a thermometer app which measures the Ambient Temperature, instead of the battery temperature (as many of the other apps does). This requires a special temperature sensor present on the device. As of right now, the only devices that have the nesessary Ambient Temperature Sensors, are the Samsung Galaxy S4, and Galaxy Note 3.Galaxy S5 will not be supported, as it does not

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How to change the icon of your Android app

This is just a small follow-up post to The easiest way to create nice icons for Android apps. Say, if you follow that guide, and have made an icon to represent your app, how do you use it? If you have one icon image, or three icon images (one for each screen density, ldpi, mdpi and hdpi, like in the guide), you put your icon files in the res/drawable folder where they belong. Depending on what API level you

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How to get the versionCode and versionName of your app

In you AndroidManifest.xml file, you can specify the values of android:versionCode and android:versionName. versionCode The versionCode is integer value used to easily differentiate between app versions. App developers must increment this value when they release updates to their apps in Android Market, so it can determine if users are using an old version of the app, and offer them to update it. versionName The versionName is a string containing a regular “release version” as seen in other

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