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Updating Android Apps to Brightcove Beacon

In this topic, you will learn how to update an existing app to a Brightcove Beacon app using the Google Play Console. parent: Android.

Introduction

You may have an existing Android app, but you need to update it so it will be part of your Brightcove Beacon family of apps. This document leads you through that process. A high-level view of the process is:

  • Turn on timed publishing (not required, but a recommended best practice)
  • Update your app

Turning on timed publishing

When updating an app to become a Brightcove Beacon app, it is highly likely you will NOT want changes to go live immediately. You most likely will want to make all the changes for the new Brightcove Beacon App, then at a specific time the changes will be pushed live. Android provides a mechanism to do this called timed publishing. The steps below guide you on how to enable timed publishing. For complete details on timed publishing see Google's Publish an app with timed publishing document.

  1. Sign in to the Google Play Console.
  2. Select the app you are updating to a Brightcove Beacon app.
  3. On the left menu, select Store presence > Store listing.
  4. At the bottom of your screen, turn on timed publishing by clicking on the Timed publishing switch.
  5. Review details in the Timed publishing dialog.
    timed publishing
  6. Click the TURN ON button.

Now, as you make changes you will click the SUBMIT UPDATE button and the following dialog will appear:

submit update
When you close the dialog you will see a list of updates that have been made under timed publishing. When you are ready to publish your updated Brightcove Beacon app, you will click the Go live button.

You need to decide if you want timed publishing to be active or not when updating the app, described in the following section.

Updating the app

  1. Sign in to the Google Play Console. You will see a landing page with your existing app(s) displayed. In the screenshot below, only the BCLS Test app exists.
    landing page after login
  2. Click on the app you wish to update.
  3. You will see your left-navigation is different than when you submitted a new app.
    left navigation
  4. The Release management > App releases section is where you handle creating both testing and production releases. For full details on completing this section, see the Complete App releases information section of the Submitting New Apps to the Android Store document.
    app releases
  5. Update any information in the Store presence > Store listing section. This section includes descriptions of your app as well as images used representing your app. For full details on completing this section, see the Complete Store listing information section of the Submitting New Apps to the Android Store document.
    store listing
  6. To be sure any subscriptions are updated to match subscriptions defined in Brightcove Beacon, select In-app products > Subscriptions.
    subscriptions
  7. Follow the guidance detail in the Adding Subscriptions to Android document to update existing subscriptions.

Page last updated on 12 May 2020