Support app management

You can install Android apps from the Google Play Store on devices via policy. To support this feature, include an app's package name in a policy. Android apps are uniquely identified by their package names. You can find an app's package name by visiting the Google Play Store. For example, the URL of the Google Chrome app page is shown below. The app's package name is com.android.chrome.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.android.chrome

When you apply the policy to a device, the app will either be installed on the device or added to the managed Play Store on the device.


Managed Google Play iframe

With the managed Google Play iframe, you can embed managed Google Play directly in your EMM console to offer customers a unified mobility management experience.

managed-play-iframe
Figure 1. Managed Google Play iframe

The iframe contains a title bar and an expandable side menu. From the menu, users can navigate to different pages:

  • Search apps: Allows IT admins to search for and browse Google Play apps, view app details, and select apps.
  • Private apps: Allows IT admins to publish and manage private apps for their enterprise.
  • Web apps: Allows IT admins to publish and distribute website shortcuts as apps.
  • Organize apps: Allows IT admins to configure how apps are organized in the Play Store app on their user’s devices.

Features

This section describes the features available in the managed Google Play iframe. For information on how to embed the iframe and implement these features, see Add the iframe to your console.


Add the iframe to your console

Step 1. Generate a web token

Call enterprises.webTokens.create to generate a web token that identifies the enterprise. Set parentFrameUrl to the URL of the parent frame hosting the iframe. The response contains the token's value.

Step 2. Render the iframe

Here's an example of how to render the managed Play iframe:

<script src="https://apis.google.com/js/api.js"></script>
<div id="container"></div>
<script>
  gapi.load('gapi.iframes', function() {
    var options = {
      'url': 'https://play.google.com/work/embedded/search?token=web_token&mode=SELECT',
      'where': document.getElementById('container'),
      'attributes': { style: 'width: 600px; height:1000px', scrolling: 'yes'}
    }

    var iframe = gapi.iframes.getContext().openChild(options);
  });
</script>

This code generates an iframe inside the container div. Attributes to be applied to the iframe tag can be set with the 'attributes' option, as above.

URL parameters

The table below lists all the available parameters for the iframe that can be added to the URL as URL parameters, e.g:

'url': 'https://play.google.com/work/embedded/search?token=web_token&mode=SELECT&showsearchbox=TRUE',
Parameter Page Required Description
token N/A Yes The token returned from Step 1.
iframehomepage N/A No The initial page displayed when the iframe is rendered. Possible values are PLAY_SEARCH, WEB_APPS, PRIVATE_APPS, and STORE_BUILDER (organize apps). If not specified, the following order of precedence determines which page is displayed: 1. PLAY_SEARCH, 2. PRIVATE_APPS, 3. WEB_APPS, 4. STORE_BUILDER.
locale N/A No A well-formed BCP 47 language tag that is used to localize the content in the iframe. If not specified, the default value is en_US.
mode Search apps No SELECT: lets IT admins select apps.
APPROVE (default): lets IT admins select, approve, and un-approve apps. This mode is deprecated, use SELECT instead. APPROVE mode only works if PlaySearch.ApproveApps is set to true in the web token.
showsearchbox Search apps No TRUE (default): displays the search box and initiates the search query from within the iframe.
FALSE: the search box is not displayed.
search Search apps No Search string. If specified, the iframe directs the IT admin to search results with the specified string.

Step 3. Handle iframe events

You should also handle the following events as part of your integration.

EventDescription
onproductselect The user selects or approves an app. This returns an object containing:
{
    "packageName": The package name of the app, e.g. "com.google.android.gm",
    "productId": The product ID of the app, e.g. "app:com.google.android.gm",
    "action": The type of action performed on the document. Possible values are:
    "approved", "unapproved" or "selected." If you implement the iframe in SELECT
    mode, the only possible value is "selected".
}
    
The sample below shows how to listen for onproductselect:
iframe.register('onproductselect', function(event) {
  console.log(event);
}, gapi.iframes.CROSS_ORIGIN_IFRAMES_FILTER);


Upload your own app to the Google Play Store

If you or your customer develop an Android app, you can upload it on the Play Store using the Google Play Console.

If you don’t want the app to be publicly available on the Play Store, you can restrict your app to a single enterprise using Google Play Console. Another option is to publish a private app programmatically using the Google Play Custom App Publishing API. Private apps are only available to the enterprise they are restricted to. They can still be installed via a policy, but are not be visible to users outside your enterprise.

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