Updating

Let's say your app has been in the Market for a little while and you want to make a change. The simplest kind of change is to the program's metadata, that is, the title, description, price, and all the other information you filled out in the previous section. To change this noncode information, simply select your program from the list on the Developer's Console, make the change, and then click Save.

Do you have a new version of your code? No problem, you can upload it from this page too. Before you do that, however, take a moment to verify that you have changed the two version numbers in your Android-Manifest.xml file. Increment android:versionCode= by one every time you upload (for example, from 1 to 2), and bump the human-readable version number in android:versionName= by the appropriate amount (for example, from 1.0.0 to 1.0.1 for a minor bug fix). Once the version number is correct and the package has been rebuilt and re-signed, select Upload Upgrade; then click Browse, find your new .apk file, and click Upload to send it to the server.

Here's a tip: the value of android:versionName= can be anything. To save space in the limited application description field, some developers include the change description in the version name instead, as in android: versionName="1.0.1 (Fixed crash, improved performance)".

regardless of the change, you must click the Publish button for your changes to be visible to Android Market users. If you click Save instead, changes will be kept in draft form until you finally commit and click Publish.

If possible, I suggest you perform frequent updates, every two weeks or so. This performs two functions:

• It makes users happy, because they think you are supporting them and listening to their suggestions.

• It keeps your app near the top of the Recently Updated list in the Market. That's one way for new users to discover your program and give it the chance it deserves.

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