Distribute your app out of the app store
There are other app distribution channels than the app stores. If your app targets a specific group of users or contains confidential information that shouldn’t be seen by everyone, discover the other solutions.
Apple has strict guidelines concerning their app store:
- Be careful to corporate content: Apple is removing apps that seem too “corporate” or “business-oriented” as they are not bringing add value to their audience.
- Access to the largest number of people: it’s forbidden to publish an app that is only available with login identification
What about Google? Google is really more flexible: you can install directly any APK file on any Android device.
There are many distribution solutions out of the app store:
- Ad Hoc distribution: it makes it easy to deploy applications to registered devices with an Ad Hoc Provisioning Profile.
- Distribute proprietary enterprise (in-house) apps for internal use with Apple Developer Enterprise Program.
- Private hub by PandaSuite: deploy your application through a private hub. Only users with the link can download this content. Choose between standard (Panda Hub, Sales Hub) or white-labelled hub.
- The progressive web app available from web browser, with offline access and custom URL. This is a great solution when native format is not required!
Compare the different options:
|Adhoc distribution||In-house deployment||Private hub (Sales Hub, Panda Hub)||White-labelled private hub||Progressive Web App|
|iOS requirements|| Enroll for an Apple Developer Account ($99/year) or Apple Developer Enterprise Program ($299/year)
Device registration (limited number)
Enroll for Apple Developer Enterprise Program ($299/year)
Establish trust for app installation (manually or via a MDM)
Enroll for an Apple Developer Account ($99/year) or Apple Developer Enterprise Program ($299/year)
App store submission process
Prepare default content
|Price||€99/month for one support||€99/month for one support||€99/month for one support (except white-labelled hub)||€79/month||€79/month|
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