Fivos Fivos - 1 month ago 8
Android Question

Add Flavors to the new version of published App

Is it possible to add Flavors to the new version of an already published App?
If yes, suppose the following senario:
I have a published app in Play Store (e.g.

com.example.android
). In the new version of the app I add (e.g.
free
and
paid
) Flavors. This addition changes the package name of the app to
com.example.android.free
and
com.example.android.paid
.
Suppose I publish only the
com.example.android.free
Flavor.
What will the link to the Play store be like?

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.android.example (as it already was)
or it will be renamed to
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.android.example.free

Answer

You can't change the package name of an already published app, you can however have two flavors free/paid, but one of them should have the original package name: e.g.

free = com.example.android
paid = com.example.android.paid

which will mean the free app would update the currently existing one, and the paid app will be a new app on Google Play (with zero statistics and downloads).

the links to the 2 apps would be as expected: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.android.example and https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.android.example.paid

If you want to enjoy the best of both worlds, look into [in-app-billing][1] to allow your users to download the app for free, and pay within the app to unlock premium features.

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