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This topic describes how to launch a Tuya-powered OEM app on Google Play.
To access Google in mainland China, your computer has required network access services configured.
A Google Play developer account is created. If you have not registered a developer account, follow the instructions in Play Console Help and register one. The Google Play developer account will be approved within one to two days in most cases.
The account registration is a paid service and payment with a Visa credit card is required.
The official version of the application installation package is obtained. You can download the official version from the Tuya IoT Development Platform after it is verified.
Four to five images to be previewed on Google Play are created. They can be screenshots taken on an Android mobile phone.
An application logo is created:
- Dimensions: 512 × 512 pixels.
- Format: .jpeg.
An image to be previewed on Google Play is created:
- Dimensions: 1024 × 500 pixels.
- Format: .jpeg.
Use the Google Play developer account to log in to the Google Play Console.
Click Create App.
Set App name.
Select a desired language from the Default language drop-down list.
Select App in the App or game section.
Select Free or Paid as needed.
Check Developer Programme Policies, Play App Signing, and U.S. export laws.
Click Create app.
In the left-side navigation bar, choose Store presence > Main store listing.
Enter information such as the app name, short description, and full description.
In the App icon section, upload the app logo:
In the Feature graphic section, upload a cover image without the alpha channel:
In the sections Phone screenshots, 7-inch tablet screenshots, and 10-inch tablet screenshots, upload the screenshots that demonstrate the app in use.
If the app will be listed in different countries or regions, preview information must be added in different languages. Perform the following steps:
Click Manage translations at the top of the page.
Select the required languages and modify the app information to match these changes.
In the left-side navigation bar, choose Store presence > Store settings.
Select App from the App or game drop-down list.
Select Tools from the Category drop-down list.
Website: Enter URL of the official website or the technical support website.
Email address: We recommend that you use an email address for the public. It will be displayed on Google Play.
In the left-side navigation bar, select Release.
Click Production > Create new release.
Click Change app signing key. In the dialog box that appears, click Change app signing key.
If your app already has a signature for Google services, Change app signing key will disappear. In this case, to launch your app, follow the instructions in Enable Signature Protection for Android or select the option The key cannot be changed in Google Play in Step 5 on the Tuya IoT Development Platform, rebuild the app, and then upload the Android App Bundle (.aab) file.
Click Download encryption public key.
Go to Tuya IoT Development Platform > OEM App > App Creation > Launch App, perform the steps denoted in the following figures, and then upload the public key to get the respective private key.
Do not open the Tuya IoT Development Platform by using the Safari browser.
Upload the secret key file to Google Play.
Upload the app bundle downloaded from the Tuya IoT Development Platform to the Google Play Console.
Enter a brief description of the app functionality. The Release notes field must be modified. Click Save.
In the left-side navigation bar, choose Production > Countries/regions, click Add countries/regions, and then select the countries or regions where the app is available.
Click Start, select No, and then click Save.
Click Start, select All or some functionality is restricted, and then click Add new instructions.
Enter the test account information, including the name, username or phone number, and password. Enter the area code of the account in the Any other instructions field, and click Apply. The test account will be used for registration and login to the app.
Click Start > Start questionnaire.
Provide an email address to receive the Rating Certificate of the app.
Select the category UTILITY, PRODUCTIVITY, COMMUNICATION, OR OTHER of questionnaires.
Choose No for all items and click Save > Next.
Click Start > Target age group > 18 and over > Next.
Select Appeal to children > No > Next.
Prior to July 20, 2022, for all apps to be launched or already launched on Google Play, a Data safety form must be completed and submitted. Otherwise, the apps cannot be updated, or will potentially be unlisted from Google Play. For more information, see Fill in Google Play’s Data Safety Form.
In the left-side navigation pane, click Release > Production > Releases > Review release.
After the official listing, Google Play will perform certain testing on the app, which normally takes about one day. If the app passes all the testing, it will be automatically listed.
Google Play might not be accessed in the network environment in mainland China.
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