Bootfit you can sign APK files without android studio using either the apksigner or jarsigner command line tools. Android studio basically just wraps those tools to streamline the process. I believe there's more than one way to generate a signing certificate but the main one is using the command line tool keytool. I'm actually in the process of adding APK signing and keystore generation to C3, although it will only work with the build service not Phonegap Build. Although I believe Phonegap build might offer a service to sign your APK for you? It could be on one of the paid tiers though.
Incidentally you don't need a signing certificate to register as an Android developer, and unsigned debug APKs can be installed onto a phone without being a registered developer.
Sorry folks, I'm new to all this and am gettingconfused.
I thought you had to pay a one-off £25 fee to become and Android dev, or was the £25 fee to be able to post your apps in the Google Play Store (whole thing is confusing me.)
I need to have a signing key to be able to build my app in Phonegap - are you saying I can generate these keys without being an Android dev?
In regards to using the Command Line - I'm working on a Mac so don't have access to a Command Line.
I have downloaded a version of Android Studio though - can I create signing keys etc through this to then use in Phonegap?
Also, whats an unsigned debug APK?
Thanks all - I appreciate all the help you're giving.