Product Documentation

Citrix Worx Store for Android Apps (MDM-only)

May 07, 2015

You can provide your users a list of recommended or required apps on their Android devices. You can add external (free or for cost) apps hosted on Google Play or Amazon Application Store as well as internal, in-house apps that your team has developed. All apps appear inside the Citrix Worx Store for Android apps on your users' Android devices.

Populating the Citrix an Enterprise Application Store for Android requires performing the following tasks:

  • Add the custom-made or external apps from the Android Google Play or Amazon app store to Device Manager.
  • Create and push a deployment package containing the apps to the device.
  • Brand the Citrix Worx store with your company logo or image (optional)

Users view the apps you deploy on their Android devices by opening the Citrix MDM Connect and then tapping the Apps icon.

To add Android apps to Device Manager

To add external apps to Device Manager, you will need the app Web addresses. For example, you can distribute the following apps to your users:

  • Nitrodesk TouchDown For Smartphones (if you have a phone).
  • Nitrodesk TouchDown HD for Tablets (if you have an Android tablet).
  • Project Viewer.

To add internal Android apps, you only need to upload Android app files with the .apk extension.

  1. In Device Manager, select the Files tab, click New and then click External APK App.
  2. Click Credentials to add your Google Play Market access credentials. Device Manager uses the credentials to access the proper version of the app you will distribute to your employees.
  3. Click Save.
  4. In the Add an external APK application dialog box, in URL, enter the app Web address and then click Go button to find the app data.
  5. Click Add.
  6. Repeat Steps 1 through 5 for the other apps. The apps appear on the Files tab in Device Manager.
  7. To upload internal apps to Device Manager, click New and then select New App or File.
  8. In the Import a file to the Device Manager database dialog box, click Choose File and then browse to select the Android app file (.apk) to import.
  9. Select from the following options:
    • Execute APK file. Select this option to execute the installation automatically when the file transfer is done.
    • After installation. Select this option to avoid deleting the installation file from the device when the installation is done.
    • Destination folder. Write down the folder where the file should be uploaded. Only Flash Storage and Device Manager Installation folder are available as path prefix for Android devices.
    • If the file already exists. Copy it if the files are different or do not overwrite the existing one. You can also decide to register a comment if needed.
  10. Click Import.

To brand the Worx Store for Android

You can change the defaul image used for the Worx store, for example if you want to provide a corporate image or branded logo. You brand the Worx store by creating a branding policy in which you upload your desired image, and then deploy that policy to your users' devices.

Note: Before you begin, make sure you have your custom image ready and accessible.

Follow these image sizing guidelines to ensure best usability across devices:

  • For retina displays, the suggested logo size is 218x36 pixels.
  • For regular displays, the suggested logo size is 109x18 pixels.
  1. From inside the Device Manager web console, select the Policies tab.
  2. From the left side of the console, under MDM Policies, select Branding.
  3. Click New Policy.
  4. In the Enterprise App Stor Branding dialog box, enter a name for the policy.
  5. Next, click Choose File to select an image to use for the branding.
  6. Click Create.
  7. Now, to deploy this package to your users' Android devices, you need to create a deployment package and deploy it to your user's devices. For more information, see To create and deploy a deployment package.

To create a deployment package for Android apps

  1. Select the Deployment tab, click New Package and then click New Android Package.
  2. In the Create New Package wizard, in the Package Name window, enter a name for the package, such as Android App Store, and then click Next.
  3. On the Groups of users window, select the group you created earlier and then click Next.
  4. On the Resources to be deployed window, under Available Resources, scroll to the Enterprise App Store - , select the check boxes for the two external and two internal apps you want to add, click the right arrow button and then click Next.
  5. On the Deployment schedule window, select the If not deployed Start Now option and then click Next.
  6. On the Deployment rules page, click Next.
  7. On the Package summary page, click Finish.
  8. In the packages list, click Deploy.