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Samsung Developer Program

Galaxy Watch App Beta Testing

Note: In August 2018, Samsung Gear became Samsung Galaxy Watch. Information referring to Galaxy Watch also applies to earlier Gear devices and apps, unless stated otherwise.

 

Either before or after normal distribution, you can close beta test your Galaxy Watch apps in order to obtain feedback from beta testers and improve their quality. Closed beta release does not require validation testing of the beta version app or its in-app items.

Closed beta testing:

  • Up to 1000 users with Samsung accounts who are registered can be beta testers and download beta apps for free.
  • Beta testers download beta apps through their connected mobile device, which must have:
    • Version 4.1.03-1 or higher installed (Samsung mobile devices)
    • Version 4.2.04 or higher installed (other Android mobile devices)
       
  • Free and paid, standalone and companion Galaxy Watch apps without in-app items are testable except for app purchase functionality.
  • Free and paid, standalone and companion Galaxy Watch apps with in-app items are testable except for app purchase functionality, and beta testers must pay for in-app items.
     

You can release apps under the following normal and beta release scenarios:

  • Beta test release during initial app registration, followed by a normal release
    • Follow this section.
       
  • Normal release without a beta release
  • Normal release after initial app registration, followed by a beta release, followed by an update release
    • During initial app registration:
    • After the app is being normally distributed:
      • Create a beta release app version.
      • Follow this section to:
        • Release the beta version app under beta release conditions.
        • Use the beta test results to change the app (and its in-app items) as necessary.
        • Update the original version and its in-app items (Update Your App). 
           

For more details about beta testing scenarios, operations, requirements, and conditions, see Android and Galaxy Watch App Beta Testing Overview.

Manage Galaxy Watch Beta Testing

You register beta release information either before or after normal release, complete the registration or update of the beta release app, initiate beta release, support the beta testing (including responding to beta testers), and then either allow the beta release to stop as scheduled or manually stop it.

To set up a closed beta release

  • When you are at the partner level or above, you must submit a request (Seller Office > Support > Contact us) before setting up a beta test.
  • Beta releases can only occur either: before the app has been submitted for validation testing ('Registering' status'), or after the app is being distributed ('For Sale' status).
  • The registration must be complete for your beta version app and its in-app items (when offered and tested). For details, see How to Register Your Galaxy Watch App.
  • Your beta app distribution Android / Galaxy Watch device combinations and distribution countries must include your beta testers' Android / Galaxy Watch device combinations and location countries.
  • Determine who can be a beta tester and get their Samsung account name / email address.
  • Caution: You can register and conduct only one beta test at a time.  If you register a second beta test, the first will be suspended and terminated.
     
  1. In Seller Office, click Applications > My Applications.
    1. Navigate to your app.
      BetaTest_Registering_Update.png
      BetaTest_Updating.png
       
    2. When beta testing during initial registration before validation testing, click your app's 'Registering' status link.
    3. When beta testing after normal distribution:
      1. To initiate registration of a beta release, click your app's Update.
      2. To continue registering a beta release after saving initial beta registration info, click your app's 'Updating' status link.
         
  2. In your Galaxy Watch app page, set up the beta test:
    1. Click the Binary tab.
      BetaTest_ClosedBetaSetup.png
      Note: The Beta Testing (download) URL is complete after the beta app binary files are registered.
      1. In the Beta Test fields, enter the closed beta test information.

      2. Click Save.
         

    2. Click the Country & Price tab.
      1. Click Mode Advanced.
        Selling_StartsEnds.png
         

      2. Enter the beta test start and end dates.

      3. Click Save.
         

To release a beta app

  • Beta releases can only occur either: before the app has been submitted for validation testing ('Registering' status'), or after the app is being distributed ('For Sale' status).
  • Beta testing must be set up.
  • Coordinate with your beta testers.
    You can direct them to the Beta Tester Guide webpage.
     
  1. In Seller Office, click Applications > My Applications.
    1. Navigate to your app.
      BetaTest_Registering_Update.png
       
    2. When beta testing during initial registration before validation testing:
      1. Click the app's 'Registering' status link.
      2. Complete the registration (including all required fields) of: the beta release version app.
        For details, see How to Register Your Galaxy Watch App.
         
    3. When beta testing after normal distribution:
      1. Click the app's 'Update' status link.
      2. Complete the registration (including all required fields) of: the beta release version app.
        For details, see How to Register Your Galaxy Watch App.

        Caution: Two versions of your app will be distributed (original version under normal distribution, and a beta version under beta release distribution).  There are requirements and restrictions.  For details, see Android and Galaxy Watch App Beta Testing Overview.
         
  2. In your Galaxy Watch app page:
    IAP_Update.png
    1. Verify the 'Submit Beta Test' button has a teal background.
      If not, one or more required field entries for your app registration do not meet minimum requirements.
    2. Click Submit Beta Test.
      Your app will be beta released on the start date (when specified) or within 10 minutes of submission.
    3. Click Applications > My Applications.
    4. Navigate to your app.
      BetaTest_BetaDeployed.png
       
    5. Verify your app title has a '[Beta]' prefix and your app's status is 'Beta Deployed'.
       

To suspend and terminate a beta release 

Note: Beta releases are automatically suspended on the specified end date.

Caution: After suspending or terminating a beta release, you cannot  restore the beta release.  However, you can register and submit the same beta test again

  1. In Seller Office, click Applications > My Applications.
  2. Navigate to your 'Beta Deployed' app.
    BetaTest_BetaDeployedandSuspend.png
     
  3. Click its Suspend.
    BetaTest_BetaSuspended.png
     
  4. Verify your beta app's status is 'Beta Suspended'.
    Within 10 minutes, the beta version app can no longer be downloaded.
  5. To permanently delete a suspended beta release, click its Terminate.

     

After Beta Testing

After beta release testing, you can: 

  • As necessary, change your app and in-app items.
  • For beta testing during initial registration, complete the registration of your app and in-app items (How to Register Your Galaxy Watch App).
  • For beta testing after normal distribution of the original version app, register the changed app information and binary files, and its in-app items, as a new update (Update Your App).
  • Prepare for Validation.
  • Submit the changed app and in-app items for validation testing (App Validation through Seller Office).
  • After they pass validation testing:
    • For beta testing during initial registration:
      • Your app is normally distributed as specified.
      • The offering and sale of registered in-app items are supported.
         
    • For beta testing after normal distribution:
      • Your original version app distribution is stopped.
      • Your changed app is normally distributed as specified.
      • The offering and sale of registered in-app items are supported.
         
    • For more details, see App and Financial Management through Seller Office.

 

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