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How to post App & Game Announcements

Discussion in 'Site Updates & Announcements' started by Rob, Mar 11, 2017.

  1. Rob

    Rob Galaxy S20 Ultra
    Phandroid Staff Thread Starter

    If you're an app or game developer and you'd like to make an announcement about a new release or update, we have new rules to follow.

    Where should you post the announcement?
    All App & Game announcements and updates MUST take place in the forum for that app or game

    Does your app or game have a forum?
    To check whether or not your app has a dedicated forum, please visit the Apps & Games section, and type your app's name into the "Quick Finder". If it appears as an auto-complete option, click on it! That means your forum has already been created and this is where you should make all of your announcement and update posts.

    My app doesn't have a forum!
    If your app or game forum hasn't yet been created, there is an easy fix:
    • Download and install the Forums for Android app from the Play Store (we also appreciate your 5-star ratings and reviews!)
    • Open the app and log in (registration is free)
    • Find your app/game on the "Forums" tab (must be installed on device) and tap it
    • Create a new topic from your device (we suggest you introduce yourself as the developer
    Your app or game should now also show on AndroidForums.com. This process may take a couple hours. If you need the link immediately, visit the topic you created above, choose the "share" option from the toolbar, and you can share the direct URL however you see fit (E-mail to self, Copy to clipboard, etc...)

    Maintaining your forum
    App Developers have no special control over their app or game's forum as the course of conversation is dictated by the community. However, developers can build a great rapport with their users by being responsive, helpful, friendly, and active in their respective forums. You may also be able to sway 1-star reviewers to change/adjust their reviews through more thorough back-and-forth than the Play Store allows.

    Premium features
    We are considering additional features but at this time are focusing on the core functionality of the app. If you'd like to embed your app/game forum into your app, please let us know, as this is among the first improvements we plan to make and we will need some partners to help us test.

    Edit: Please be sure that your app and links to it appear only in the PlayStore or at Amazon.

    #1 Rob, Mar 11, 2017
    Last edited by a moderator: May 26, 2017

    1. Download the Forums for Android™ app!


  2. Hi, I'm developing a game, now it's in beta and I'm willing to integrate a community feature. I can help to test the integration with the forum. Let me know how the details. I'm an experienced dev, so let me in contact with the technical guys.
  3. dontpanicbobby

    dontpanicbobby 100% That Guy
    VIP Member

    Well. I think if it's free to test Android Forums might get behind it.

    An announcement or something. Not letting you use their bandwidth to host your app.

    Downloads cost!
  4. grimmster619

    grimmster619 Newbie

    I wanna make app announcement. I installed the Forums for Android app on my phone but after I tapped our app on my device, I got the message: "Error receving channel info, please try it later" How would I solve this?
    #4 grimmster619, May 15, 2017
    Last edited: May 18, 2017
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  5. steve

    steve Developer

    Can you link me to the app? I am going to try and recreate the issue. Thanks!
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  6. steve

    steve Developer

    Actually, I think I found what I needed in the logs. Could you try to open the App Forum/Channel again? Thanks!
  7. steve

    steve Developer

    Yeah, there is a Channel for that app now. Have you tried again?
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  8. grimmster619

    grimmster619 Newbie

    Oh, great! The problem is solved and I can create topic now. Thank you so much:cool:!
  9. DIRTY

    DIRTY Lurker

  10. grimmster619

    grimmster619 Newbie

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  11. steve

    steve Developer

    Manually added it for you. I will look into that bug.
  12. CyberGeniuz

    CyberGeniuz Lurker

    I cant find my app in the list from my device. Yeah, my app installed on my device...
  13. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven ...eschew obfuscation...

    Maybe @stevealbright can help with that.
  14. steve

    steve Developer

    Is your app available on the Play Store? If it is let me know a link to install and test. If not, is the application a signed apk? I filter out unsigned applications to prevent lots of test apks being treated as real apps.

    Also, I was checking your logs and noticed that your device is not approved (unrelated to your app not showing). It is reporting FSFR_20810. Could you confirm what device you are using? Very few google results with anything relating to a device.

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  15. CyberGeniuz

    CyberGeniuz Lurker

    Hello, thank you for your response!

    My app is available on the Play Store
    Play Store Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=wbappz.numberswitcher

    My device: Samsung Galaxy J3 (SM-J320FN) Android 5.1.1
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  16. steve

    steve Developer

    Okay, I approved your device and merged appropriately. Now it should show correctly on your device.

    For you app, it seems that you need to tweak your manifest a little. I thought that I figured it out but still investigating. I pretty much use the following code:
    Code (Java):
    1. getPackageManager().queryIntentActivities(getAllActivitiesIntent(), 0);
    3. private Intent getAllActivitiesIntent() {
    4.     Intent mainIntent = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_MAIN, null);
    5.     mainIntent.addCategory(Intent.CATEGORY_LAUNCHER);
    6.     return mainIntent;
    7.   }
    As you can see, nothing special. I do filter out some packages but it does not even recognize your app with that initial query. All that does is look for all activities with action.MAIN and category.LAUNCHER, which your MainActivity has. There must be something in your manifest causing a conflict but I am still looking :)
  17. steve

    steve Developer

    @CyberGeniuz one thing you could test is to remove the label on your intent filter. I don't think that would change a title of any activity but could cause a conflict.
  18. steve

    steve Developer

    @CyberGeniuz I will publish an update today that fixes the issue but you can create topics for your app on the website. Was not related to your manifest and was a different issue altogether. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!
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  19. CyberGeniuz

    CyberGeniuz Lurker

    Thank you for resolving problem!
  20. foobnix

    foobnix Newbie

    Please help me, I can't find my app Librera Reader in app forums tab. I am developer and want to create forum chanel for it. Thank you
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  21. Erica799

    Erica799 Newbie

    Problem solved, Thanks!
    #22 Erica799, Jul 9, 2018
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2018
  22. Erica799

    Erica799 Newbie

    Hi, I created a few forums yesterday, but only one of them have a download link after it's name. If I search the other apps' names, there's no download link to click. Can you help me solve this problem? Thank you!
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  23. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven ...eschew obfuscation...

    I've asked admin to have a look. :)
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  24. Erica799

    Erica799 Newbie

    Thanks XD
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