My first published app is available for download on the Android App Market here. The following is a quick tutorial on how practically anyone can create one. This is an app that can display info/media feeds from various sources(facebook, blogs, twitter, searches etc.)
I had to figure out how to build a simple app at work the other day.. so decided to look at all the online webapps that do it for you using content from your website, blog or other feeds.
You'll find a bunch of them if you google, but this one works well(and wasn't blocked by my office firewall).. has a lot of customisability and covers most platforms(android, ios, windows phone, bada..). Its called Conduit, try it at mobile.conduit.com.
I no longer use that site.. found http://www.appyet.com/ to be way better.
Step 1: Heres what you need
2) some image editing tools and skills
3) content in the form of a blog, twitter, flickr, youtube, etc.. anything with an rss feed will work.
4) a device to test or use the app on - PC/MAC Browser, Android device, IOS Device, Windows Phone, Bada
for android and windows phone the site generates the installer file(.apk etc.) that you can immediately test on your device.
However for IOS and Bada you need to get a dev license
6) If you want to publish your app on any appstore/market you'll need Developer licences for android($23), IOS($99), Windows Phone($99), Bada(free) . i have two android devices and lots of friends and coworkers with android devices as well.. so got the android license.
Step 2: Step 1
and punch in the url to your web page, cms(blogs etc.) based pages work best.
Press the "Create" button.
Step 3: Step 2
from here on its pretty simple.
Step 4: Step 3
A lot of DJs and musicians have used the Audio page.. it lets the user play music from your collection either using a "Media RSS" or Soundcloud .The track will even play in the background while the user browses the other app pages!
Step 5: Step 4
Step 6: Step 5
or you can publish it to the mobile format you want to test it in.
i did the latter, so will talk about that from now on.
Step 7: Step 6
When you hit "Generate mobile app" you'l come to a page where you cna fill in info about your app, and upload images for the splash screen and app screenshots for the app stores.
Step 8: Step 7
That brings you to the app home page, where you can see that its in the process of generating the Android, Windows Phone and Browser apps. The IOS app will require an apple certificate(which i don't have yet, so skipped)
At this point you can already use a few versions of your app:
the Mobile site and the Browser app.. are ready and you can send them to your friends.
Step 9: Step 8
That process takes a little longer, but you don't have to wait to try it out on your device!
Just scroll down to "Upload to Store" section of the instructions and click to expand it. There you'l find a download link for the app installer!
put it on your device and install! thats it.
Step 10: Step 9
in my case i paid a $25 fee to the android market and was able to submit the APK file allong with screenshots, etc..
The next day the app was in the market.
havnt published to the other markets or app stores.. coz the developer fee is $99 for IOS and Windows phone(you can already test your windows app though..and distribute it through other channels)
Bada is free.. so am registering there now.