•   over 9 years ago

Creating an iOS app... preferred distribution method.

We are in the process of developing an iOS based app for this challenge and we have been thinking about how to distribute our completed app to the judges. At this point, we feel that the Apple App Store is out of the question because of the approval process and a possible delay which could put us past the submission due date. We were looking into using the Test Flight service as a way of reaching the judges with our app. (https://testflightapp.com/) Do you know if this is acceptable or is there a preferred method of distribution that you would like used?

Additionally, will the judges have access to an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to be able to use/judge our app?

Thank you,
Bob

  • 5 comments

  • Manager   •   over 9 years ago

    Bob,
    iOS developers are certainly allowed to submit apps that have not yet been approved by the app store. I've heard good things about Test Flight, and also about http://phonegap.com/, but I'm not an expert in this area. Either would be acceptable submission methods, and other developers are encouraged to suggest other methods.
    Thanks!
    Matthew

  •   •   over 9 years ago

    I have the same issue with developing an Android app. I can design and code the app but other than my personal development platform there is no method to distribute the app to multiple judges. Any thoughts on how to get around this limitation?? Lee

  • Manager   •   over 9 years ago

    Lee,
    Linking to the working APK file should be sufficient. I'm not an experienced Android developer, though, so let me know if you think that will present a problem.
    Thanks!
    Matthew

  •   •   over 9 years ago

    You are making an assumption that im developing my app in Java/c++ Im currently using a new modeling environment that does not provide file access. I can prototype and demo on my android or iPhone but publishing to the world is a stretch. Lee

  • Manager   •   over 9 years ago

    Lee,
    Send me an email at apps@hq.doe.gov with some more information about how you're developing your app and what options you have for publishing it. There should be something available for users to try, but I'm happy to work with you on getting that set up.
    Thanks!
    Matthew

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