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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
Format iOS iOS/Android iOS/Android iOS/Android HTML5
Custom icon Yes Yes No Yes Yes
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)

None

Enroll for an Apple Developer Account ($99/year) or Apple Developer Enterprise Program ($299/year)

App store submission process

Prepare default content

None
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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