We had to disable the “Share app installer file” feature when building an Android App Bundle. However, it is still useful to to have an app installer file (i.e. APK) to share with other for offline distribution.
We have added a new feature to SAB 9.1 that allows you to specify a link to an APK on a website.
When the app is built with this setting, in the app on the Share app page, we add an additional button for
Share link to app installer file.
How to enable with Scriptoria
When publishing apps to Google Play using Android App Bundles, Scriptoria still builds an APK for testing. We have added a feature to Scriptoria which provides a friendly download page with text from the Google Play listing information, including the size of the download.
All you have to do is add the publishing property BUILD_SHARE_DOWNLOAD_APP_LINK=1 to your project and the setting will be enable and a URL will be filled in with user friendly page.
Here is a video that shows the feature being used.