The managed Google Play Store is the recommended way to manage all your application deployment use-cases for Android devices. Managed Google Play loads in an iframe within the Workspace ONE UEM console whenever a public application is added and when an Android Enterprise EMM Registration is configured. The iframe is opened through the API integration with Google Play and is not hosted by VMware.

Deploy Public Applications through Managed Google Play Store

Search the Google Play Store directly from the console to add applications to the Managed Google Play Store for your users.
  1. Navigate to Resources > Apps > Public > Add Application.
  2. Select Android from the Platform drop-down menu.
  3. Select one of the following options to add an application:
    Setting Description
    Search App Store Select to search for the application in the app store. Google Play launches within the console through an iFrame.
    Enter URL Enter the URL of the app.
    Import From Play Select to import previously approved applications.
  4. Select Next or enter the Name of the applications you want to add to the integration. Google Play will open directly from the console.
  5. Find desired apps by using the Search field or browsing through the apps section.
  6. Review the permissions the application requires on the device, and select Approve.
  7. Future updates to the application may require further permissions on the device. If you choose to approve the updates automatically and allow them to be pushed to devices, consider selecting Keep approved when app requests new permissions.If an application is updated, ensure it does not need to get reapproved in the Google Play Store.
  8. Configure options on the Details tab.
    Setting Description
    Name View the name of the application.
    View in App Store View the store record for the application where you can download it and get information about it.
    Categories

    Use categories to identify the use of the application.

    You can configure custom application categories or keep the application's pre-coded category.

    Supported Models Select all the device models that you want to run this application.

    Is App Restricted to Silent Install

    Android

    Assign this application to those Android devices that support the Android silent uninstallation feature.

    cannot silently install or uninstall public applications. However, you can control what applications you push to your Android standard devices or your Android enterprise devices. Android enterprise devices support silent activity.

    Managed By View the organization group (OG) that the application belongs to in your OG hierarchy.
  9. (Optional)Assign a Required Terms of Use for the application on the Terms of Use tab.

    Terms of use state specifically how to use the application. They make expectations clear to end users. When the application pushes to devices, users view the terms of use page that they must accept to use the application. If users do not accept the terms of use, they cannot access the application.

  10. Select the SDK tab and assign the default or custom SDK Profile and an Application Profile to the application. SDK profiles apply advanced application management features to applications.
  11. Select Save & Assign to configure flexible deployment options for the application.

Deploy a new Private Application through Managed Google Play Store

You can publish applications developed by your organization or the applications that are developed for your organization can be hosted and distributed through the Managed Play Store. While adding a public app on an organization group with Android Enterprise enabled, the iframe is loaded and the private apps are available in the left menu. Additional information such as a description, images, and more can be added in the Advanced options after uploading. Private apps uploaded through the iframe can never be made public apps.

Before you begin:

  • Make sure that your Workspace ONE environment is registered to Android Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM).
  • The APK file with the same application ID is not published in the Android public play store.
  1. Navigate to Resources > Apps > Public > Add Application.
  2. Select Android from the Platform drop-down menu. Leave the Name blank and select NextGoogle Play console opens directly from the console.
  3. Access the Private Apps from the left menu.
  4. Click the “+” icon to add a new application and select Upload APK.
    Note:
    • Uploading through the iframe publishes the application in as little as 10 minutes and waives the one-time fee that is charged to create a Google Developer account.
    • Private applications can never be uploaded more than once as the Google Play ensures that each of the application has a unique package name.
    • Deleted Private applications cannot be reuploaded with the same package name. Delete the private applications only if you never want to use the same package name again. The package name is a unique name to identify a specific app.
    Application is displayed in the Private app section and a notification may take up to 10 minutes. You can now close this screen. The application is listed under the Public apps.
  5. (Optional) You can edit the logo that is displayed in the UEM console by using the pencil icon beside the application.
  6. Select Assign and Add Assignment.
  7. Choose the organization group or the smart group you like to assign the app to and click Add.
  8. In the Update Assignment window, click Save and Publish to confirm.
  9. Publish the app assignment.If the deployment is set to Automatic, the application gets installed automatically on the device and is displayed in both the console and your device.

Deploy Custom Testing Tracks before releasing the Production Version

Sometimes you might want to test your application and fix any technical or user experience difficulties with minimal user impact, and later select to release the best version of your application to most users. console provides you with the ability to test and deploy any number of custom releases before releasing the production version.

Supporting custom release of the application lets organizations test third-party apps, and any private apps they develop in-house. You can publish applications to the custom testing tracks in the Google Play console and then assign the applications to smart groups.

Before you begin:

  • Make sure you have the APK file for the new version you want to publish.
  • If there are multiple devices registered to one user but assigned to different tracks, navigate to Groups and Settings > Devices & users > Android > Android EMM Registration > Enrollment Settings and set the Work Managed Enrollment Type as Device-Based. The setting ensures that a different GoogleID record is generated per device, and so different app versions from the Managed Play console can be assigned.
  1. Navigate to Resources > Apps > Public > Add Application.
  2. Select Android from the Platform drop-down menu. Leave the Name blank and select Next.Google Play console opens directly from the console.
  3. Access the Private Apps from the left menu.
  4. Select the Private application for which you want to add the custom release for testing.
  5. Click Make advanced edits under Advanced editing options.
  6. You are directed to the Google Play console login page. In the Google Play console, complete the following steps to create Closed Test Track of the application.
    1. Log in to the Google Play console using the google account tied to your Workspace ONE tenant. Go to your app and navigate to Release management > App release. Select Create Closed Track.
    2. Under Organizations, click Edit.
    3. Select the organization corresponding to the Workspace ONE organization group and click Done.
    4. Click Create Release.
    5. Add the APK file.After adding the APK file, you can see details about the version code and size of the file.
    6. Click Save at the bottom of the screen, then Review.View any of the warning messages and make necessary changes to the app, as requested.
      Note:
      It is safe to ignore a warning message about the testers, as it is defined though Workspace ONE later.
    7. Click Start Rollout and Confirm the rollout.
  7. In console, select the application from Resources > Apps > Native.
  8. Click Assign and Add Assignment.
  9. Select the Assignment Group for the new custom release of your application.
  10. In the Distribution tab, select the closed testing track that you have created from the Pre-release Version drop-down as per your deployment.
  11. Click Save and Publish.
  12. Click Publish to confirm the assignment. The version corresponding to the rules in step 11a is made available to appropriate groups.

Deploy Private Applications to multiple servers

You can create private applications for your organization and deploy them to multiple servers.

To publish private applications from the Google Play Console, you must register for a Google Play developer account. The account gives you the correct administrator privileges to upload and publish private applications to managed Google Play. You can then use console to distribute these applications to users.
  1. In your console server#1, navigate to Resources > Apps > Public > Add Application.
  2. Select Android from the Platform drop-down menu. Leave the Name blank and select Next.Google Play console opens directly from the console.
  3. Access the Private Apps from the left menu.
  4. Select the private application for which you want to add multiple servers.
  5. Click Make advanced edits under Advanced editing options.
    1. Sign in to the Google Play Console.
    2. Go to Pricing & Distribution > User programs > Managed Google Play.
    3. Click Choose Organizations.
    4. For each organization that you want to publish the application to, enter the Organization ID.
    5. To get the Organization ID of your Workspace ONE server, complete the following steps:
      1. Sign in to the Managed Google Play store using the Google account that is associated with the server#2 (Android EMM Registration instance) for which you want to make the private app available.
      2. Click Admin Settings.
      3. Copy the Organization ID string from the Organization information box.
    1. Paste the Organization ID, add a description (or name) and click Add.
    2. Click Done.
When you are ready to publish your application, you can either create and rollout a production release or a Aplha/Beta track. After your application is published, you can create releases or set up a staged rollout.

Deploy Web Applications through Managed Google Play Store

Web applications are shortcuts on android devices that the users can open to navigate to the pre-defined URLs. Web applications can be managed on the android devices similarly to public applications. To do so, administrators need to set the title, URL, display mode, and the icon. The managed Google Play store loads in an iframe that creates a Web App object that is treated by the , Google Play, and the Android OS as if it were a Public application.

  1. Navigate to Resources > Apps > Public > Add Application.
  2. Select Android from the Platform drop-down menu.
  3. Select Search App Store to search for the application in the app store. Leave the Name blank and select Next. Google Play opens directly from the console.
  4. Access the Web Apps from the left menu.
  5. Create a Web App.
    1. Enter the Title and the URL.
    2. Select the Display Mode.
    3. Upload the Icon.
    4. Select Create.
    5. After you Save the Web App, select the Back arrow at the top-left of the screen.
    Note:
    Approximately it takes close to 30 minutes for the app to be available. Once the app is available, it takes close to 10 mins to publish a web application.
  6. Select the Web App.
  7. Choose the Select option at the bottom of the screen.
  8. Select Save & Assign to configure flexible deployment options for the Web App.
    Note:
    Publishing the web application creates the application. However, publishing to users does not happen until you assign the application within the console.

Organizing your Applications in the Managed Play Store

administrators can simplify access to recommended apps by adding applications into collections which are displayed as rows on the managed Play Store. After enabling this feature, there is a minimum requirement of one collection at all times. Apps which have not been assigned to a collection can only be found in the managed Play Store using the search functionality.

Once an environment has begun using collections, the managed Google Play cannot be reverted to an earlier state. Because the change to collections cannot be rolled back, customers are highly encouraged to test the feature in a sandbox environment to ensure it aligns with the desired end-user experience and functionality before rolling it out to any production environments.

  1. Navigate to Resources > Apps > Public > Add Application.
  2. Select Android from the Platform drop-down menu.
  3. Select Search App Store to search for the application in the app store. Leave the Name blank and select Next. Google Play opens directly from the console.
  4. Access the Organize Apps from the left menu.
  5. Create collections and add apps to your collection to set the Play Store layout.