Hi! My question is simple: I am trying to make an app for android, but only for private use with my and my friends. So I was wondering, is it at all possible to update an app for all users without using the google play store? If so, how do I go about doing that? Thanks!
Any AAB files you make will overwrite current installs. There aren’t “updates” without google play, no.
First off, to update you need to install the updated APK of your game over the old one. This can be done over an auto-installation that is controlled by the game but this is not so easy. You need to have a database using Google’s tools or MySQL that the game will grab information from.
There are 2 ways on how you can use the database for updates.
Every time you want to update, you set a variable in your database that the game will read. By using conditions, if for example the server/database returns the variable called “GameUpdateAvailable” = 1, Then the game will trigger a screen that says you need to update, then redirect you to a download link.
Same as 1, but this time, if the game detects new information on the server, it will start receiving information from the server, storing it on a temporary folder in the phone. Then after it’s done, an action in the game will trigger the APK to start.
Hope this helped you!
wow thanks! This was really helpful (:
But I do have one more question, what specific tools can you use with Google? Thanks!
Google’s Firebase or its Developer Database