Creating Android Market QR Codes
There are two varieties of links that can be made to the Android Market. By far the most popular is the option of creating direct links to apps. Even though there are a variety of QR creators available online, the process is the same for all. Android apps have a very particular link structure which enables them to send a user directly into the Android Market and directly to the intended application. The link sequence is as follows:
The last part of the sequence, here indicated as ‘com.mydomain.myapp’, has to be replaced with the package name of the application. There are a variety of ways of finding the package name of an app, and if you are the developer of an app, you will be the one determining it. The easiest manual way of finding a package domain is to look for a particular app on the cyrket or appbrain website. After searching for the app in question, check the link at the top, as the package name will be shown there. For example, for the lite version of the popular game ‘Angry Birds’ the link is as follows
In the link, the highlighted part represents the package name. Using one of the before-mentioned QR code generators, a QR code can be created for the link
which will result in the following barcode:
Another way of linking to the Android Market is through initiating a market search with a QR Code. This is done with the following code line:
In the above line the ‘keyword’ part has to be replaced with the actual search query. This way the QR code that will be generated will not point to a specific app but to a market search that might contain a list of apps. Although not often used, this may introduce some nice possibilities for linking to the Android Market.