China restricts access to Google Play, which means that Android mobile apps must be distributed through another option. China does allow access to the iOS App Store, so there is no special process to provide an iOS mobile app to people in China.
FirstUp in China
If you use the FirstUp mobile app, you do not need to take any action to provide access to your users in China. People in China can access the FirstUp iOS mobile app through the iOS App Store. People in China can access the FirstUp Android mobile app through the following app stores:
- Tencent MyApp (腾讯应用宝)
- Huawei App Market (华为应用市场)
- Oppo Software Store (OPPO软件商店)
- 360 Mobile Assistant (360手机助手)
- VIVO App Store (VIVO应用商店)
- Miui App Store (Miui应用商店)
- Baidu Mobile Assistant (百度手机助手)
- Sogou Mobile Assistant (搜狗手机助手)
Single-Tenant in China
If you have a single-tenant mobile app with SocialChorus, we can not use Google Play to distribute the Android version to your users in China. However, there are alternatives. For assistance with implementing either option, please reach out to your Engagement Manager. Here are the two options:
Implement FirstUp for Your Android Users in China
You can continue to use the single-tenant app for users outside of China, but leverage the FirstUp deployment through the Chinese Android app stores. See the FirstUp in China notes above.
You Distribute the Android Mobile App in China
See 'Implement FirstUp' as the recommended solution. The 'You Distribute' option has technical limitations, such as deep links will never open in the mobile app.
In this option, SocialChorus provides the single-tenant mobile app file (APK) to you, and your company then distributes the Android mobile app file to the China-based users. Some possible options for distributing the Android mobile app to China-based users:
- MDM (Mobile Device Management) deployment
- Intranet page with downloadable APK file
- Chinese Android app stores
See more details about Android mobile app distribution from Android here.