Check it out now in the Google Play Store! https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tinythoughts
I learned a lot during this process. Here are some key takeaways:
Microsoft App Center makes building and distributing native apps so much easier. There are a lot of secrets to manage. Automating that process was definitely worth the two minutes it took to set up App Center.
That said, it's worth the effort to manage your own versioning. react-native-version is a package that makes it easy to use your package.json version as the version for both Android and iOS apps. App Center has a toggle to automatically bump the build version for you, but, ultimately, managing it myself was better.
Anyway, check out the link to tinythoughts below, and let me know what you think! The iOS version should be coming out soon.