We have 500 android tablets that we need to ship with our app pre-installed. Right now our process is to create 500 Google accounts, log into the play store, and download the app.
The problem is that Google limits the number of accounts you can create per telephone number and this process takes a long time. The only reason why we use the play store is that we want to have a 100% reliable method for being able to update the app in the future.
Now we’re also using Ionic Pro and we know we can use Live Deploy to push small updates without having to go through the play store. However, my understanding is that we can’t use Live Deploy for major updates such as things that impact cordova plugins or someday if/when Ionic has a major update of it’s own, or if Live Deploy ever gets discontinued.
The question I have is, is there any other 100% reliable way to update apps yourself to totally bypass the Google Play store?