Published on December 28, 2016 by Microsoft
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Welcome to The Xamarin Show Snack Pack Edition. A Snack Pack is bite sized episode that is focused on a specific topic and covered in just a few minutes. Today, we take a look at how to easily archive and publish Xamarin.Android applications directly from Visual Studio with the new Android Archive Manager.

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7 Comments on "Snack Pack 5: Android Archive Manager for Visual Studio"

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Nishanthi
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Nishanthi
10 months 3 days ago

good work. very good explanation. Thank you

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hand basha
10 months 17 days ago
James, we are using Xamarin Forms for creating simple apps with not very fancy UI. Size is an issue for our customers currently. We created a simple HelloWorld app using Forms and it turned out to be 18.6 MB in release mode for Android apk. We are using the below settings.Linking – Sdk Assemblies OnlyEnable Proguard – Yes , however we could only reduce 1-2 MB from the total size.We also tried splitting our apk a/c to architectures, But during publishing how to do we publish different architectures to the PlayStore.Our team is looking for better solutions so that we… Read more »
JamesMontemagno
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JamesMontemagno
10 months 20 days ago
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JamesMontemagno
10 months 20 days ago

@mik: you can reuse them for multiple apps. Some developers like to have one per app though. They are important because once you sign an app and ship it against one key you must always resign it with that key. If you lose the keystore file you will no longer be able to upload new versions of the app to google play developer.android.com/studio/publish/app-signing.html#signing-manually So store them safe in one drive or Google drive.

mik
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mik
10 months 21 days ago

I would like a lot more info on keystore. You say they are 'super important' yet didn't go into why they are so important. Do you need a new key for each app you create or do you use the same one? Why can I not use the archive without one? As a novice these sort of things aren't really obvious without explanation. Enjoying the series though – keep them coming 🙂

Vasya
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Vasya
10 months 22 days ago

Great stuff! James,u're an Jeffrey Richter(Xamarin Edition).So i got an question,how can i do the same stuff for Xamarin Studio on my Mac machine ? Thanks!

manojkulkarni30
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manojkulkarni30
10 months 22 days ago

Nice walk through of Android Archive Manager in VS. Thank you James

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