Monday, December 10, 2012

What is an Android ID?

Every Android must have an Android ID (a.k.a. package name) which is a unique ID to identify your App on Google Play Store. Once your App is published, this ID cannot be modified.

For example, the Android ID of "Publish5 Test Client", our demo app on Google Play Store, is "com.publish5.android", and the URL of  corresponding listing is

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.publish5.android

It is important that this Android ID is unique and related to your website URL, that is why Publish5 will generate your the initial Android ID based on the URL of your website. In most cases, you do not need to change this initial Android ID.

If you would like to modify your Android ID when you first design your App, please be aware of the following restrictions:

  • All letters should be in lower case
  • The convention is to use the reverse of your domain names, e.g. com.publish5.android
  • The first character cannot be a digit, e.g. com.1abc.android will be come "com.oneabc.android" or "com._1abc.android"
  • The name should not contain hyphen or other special characters

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Friday, December 7, 2012

New Features: Customize your App with New Custom Channels

You can now create brand new Custom Channels in your Publish5 App! Custom Channels allow you to add static content, like maps, contact info, photos etc. to your App with absolutely minimal effort.

About Us or Contact Us Channel

Complete your App with an About Us channel. Seriously, how can your App go without one? Add short summary of you or your organization, and provide ways for your users to get in touch with you.


Photos/Links Channel

Add photos or links with these two channel types to provide additional content or useful links to your users.


Map Channel

The Map Channel is useful for businesses or organizations interested in showing their physical addresses to users. There will be a Google Map snippet showing your physical address, with which you can also include a short traffic instruction, and your contact email or numbers. When users click on your map snippet, they will be directed to their Map Apps on their mobile devices.