DevBytes: Managing app releases on the Google Play Console

Publishing a new app or releasing a new version of an app is an exciting moment for every developer it’s a critical moment when you have to pay attention to all the details to make sure your users will have the best experience with your app to make this process easier we’re announcing a new way to publish apps the manage releases page in the Google Play Developer console you start by creating a new app listing click create application and you can access the new manage releases page in the left side nav it takes you to this page which shows the tracks to which you can publish your app the production beta and alpha tracks of course we recommend running a beta test for all your apps is a great way to test new features before you launch them publicly if it’s your first release the page will be empty and you need to select the tracks to create the release for example select manage production and then new release clicking on upload apk will open the usual pop-up and you can pick the file you want to upload after uploading the apk it shows up in the apks to add section the release name is filled in with the version name from the uploaded apk and if you’re releasing an app update don’t forget to fill in the what’s new section in release you also get the chance to provide localization for all the languages you already support in your app listing and one of the best things about the new manage releases flow is that at any moment you can save your draft release date and you can work on other parts of the listing and come back to finish it later to resume to your safe State navigate back to manage releases manage production and hit resume once the release is ready to be published you can click on review and you’ll be presented with a summary of the release if you’ve got no validation errors click on confirm rollout to publish your app and you’ll be redirected to the releases page the flow is slightly different if you’re updating an existing app because when you choose your track and click on new release a new draft is created like before but the draft is based on the previous release the apks of the previous release will all be added to the list of apks of the activate of course if you want you can choose to retain them click the retain button and you’ll keep the old apks because maybe they’re providing support for earlier API versions you can add as many apks as you want at this stage and for each upload you’ll see a bay pop up with information about the APK and it’s here that you can also attach expansion files when you’re done with new apks like before you can edit the release name and the what’s new after filling in all the information you’re ready to review your release if you’re releasing on the production track you can change your rollout percentage directly in this summary screen rolling out your app gradually is a recommended best practice and it has been for a while especially for significant app releases it helps you identify problems and fix them before your app update it’s 100% of the user base helping avoid bad reviews and low ratings you can read more about Stage four all out in the Google Play Developer Help Center now whenever you’re ready you can adjust your roll a percentage by clicking on update rollout and just changing the value if you have any doubts about what percentage to use we have suggestions there for you so if you have any problems on your ongoing staged rollout it’s now easier than ever to halt it just click on the halt rollout button and confirm the action it’s worth being aware that halting of staged rollout will prevent new users from being able to update to this version but users who already have the bad update will still have it so make sure you introduce the fix as quickly as you can once you’ve got the fix create another release upload it and then roll out that release simply keep the bad release halted of course if the fix was made without creating a new release maybe you fix it on your servers you can just choose to hit resume rollout at any point another new feature we’re launching to help give you greater control over the releases is the artifact library artifacts include apks expansion files and any other app files and you can see the update in the apps artifacts if you go to the artifact library under manage releases you’ll see everything uploaded with your release app with the new manage releases functionality managing your app release is now smoother more transparent and easier to track gives you the ability to manage your app releases with more confidence Oh

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