The first question that many developers have in mind when creating an app is to whether they must be registered as developer with Apple or Apple developer account and Google Play Developer console or not before publishing their apps for Apple and Android devices. Well, the short and simple answer for this is yes but, you’re not required to have both only to publish on a single platform.
Let’s say that you want to make an app for Apple devices, then it must be available in iTunes App Store for users of iOS to download them. Apple developer program has intentionally set this requirement to provide protection to their users and also, to regulate the type of content available for their devices. This will cost developers around 99 dollars a year for the license which permits them to publish unlimited number of applications.
There are lots of other ways on how you could create an app for Android devices. Among the simplest methods is done through Google Play Store with a Google Developer App Account. Here, the Google Play Developer Console permits the developers to publish and to distribute apps easily right from their accounts to the user of Android compatible devices.
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Similar to iTunes, this allows Google to protect users from any contents that are harmful to the devices or inappropriate. The cost for a Google Developer Account and being able to publish unlimited number of applications on Google Play Store is only 25 dollars.
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Now, if you’re interested in this program, registering for a Google Play Developer account is the first thing that you need to do. In order to do that, you must visit Google Play Console and enter your basic info regarding Google Play developer identity like name, email address, contact details and so forth. Read carefully the Google Play Account Developer Distribution Agreement and if you’re okay with it, sign it for your country or region. Take note that the applications as well as store listings you publish on Google Play should comply with US export law as well as Developer Program Policies.
When done, pay the 25 dollars registration fee using Google payments and if you don’t have one, you can set one easily during the process. If the registration for Google Developer account has been verified, you’re going to get a notification in the email address you’ve used during the registration. When the registration is verified, you can now log in to your account. There are many perks of being a developer as you can get to use Developer Console features like cloud test lab, staged rollouts, alpha and beta tests, acquire users and more.