I am using (I hope) the latest KAB version 11.1
My new keyboard is running fine on my own phones locally and now I want to start using “internal testing” on Google Play for our team members. And then publish of course.
It was 2019 when I last published a new app from scratch on Google Play. I have spent hours to create all the declarations and screenshots etc. as they are requested now in late 2023.
Now that I want to upload the output from KAB, I get stuck on two issues:
[possibly solved, I am presently testing a new “upload key” created in Android Studio, see reply below]
Google got very complicated about app signing. Since KAB had asked me already to create a keystore, I did. I downloaded some Google tool and followed instructions to extract my key for signing and upload it (as a protected zip file to Google Play). After a lot of study and updating tools, I get messages that the keystore (as set up by KAB) does not agree with the Google tools. I might have done something wrong, please advise. I can follow written instructions.
[update: This second issue is solved, since I found the option to build bundles]
The other issue is that Google these days wants app bundles, and all I get from KAB is one apk. There might be hacks, using Android Studio, to transmogrify one apk into a dummy-bundle. I happen to have Android Studio on my machine, but I would need guidance please.
Just to be clear, I am not with SIL, more like a guest here.
I have downloaded and read two manuals. In the volume “building apps”, at the end, I read this closing chapter:
Blockquote 7. Distribution
Android apps built with Keyboard App Builder can be published on the Google Play store, distributed on memory cards, shared by Bluetooth or Wi-Fi transfer, uploaded to websites, or sent out by email.
For more information, please see the user manual: Distributing Apps.
My problem is that I cannot find this extra volume “Distributing App”, please help.