I didn’t expect my first app for the Android market is an assignment from my Android class in City College of San Francisco. It’s a Quiz game on US state and capitals. I just think it would be cool to see my app actually appear in Google Play. At first, it seemed to be a difficult task to publish a game. I was prepared to spend 4 days to complete the publishing process. It turned out to only take me 2 to 3 hours. My time for publishing work was mostly spent on making the right size screen shots. Google required the screen shots to be exact for example 480 x 800. There are several sizes I could choose from. But the pixels need to be exact. You can’t have a 481 x 800 for example. What I did was use Print Screen to get a screenshot of the emulator. Opened windows Paint and pasted screenshot on a blank file, save it. And then I opened this same file with GIMP2 and used GIMP2’s crop tool to crop image to be exactly 480×800. GIMP2 is a free graphics software comparing to Adobe photo shop. I only use GIMP2 for precise cropping of images. Oh here is the link to my first Android App Quiz of States and Capitals. It’s a free app of course. I would be happy if someone like it. I certainly want to publish more Android apps later. At the least I can polish my programming skills. I had made several updates to the app after publishing it. There is always room for improvement on a piece of software.
By the way the Android class in City College of San Francisco is a good class taught by Abbas Moghtanei. If you want to learn Android programming, Abbas’ class is a good starting point.