Have you deployed your developed app into the store yet? If yes, then what's next? Developing an application and deploying it into the store doesn’t signal the end of the deal. It’s just the beginning of some pretty big things. After completing an app’s development, the next thing you probably need to do is head back to the drawing board.
For a better functioning and delivery of products and services, you need your customer’s feedback to monitor the app performance, security, the improvements required, user experience etc. If you want to engage your customers, and ensure your business’ success, you need to constantly update your app according to the latest trends and technologies.
Constantly engaging with customers is often a huge challenge. According to a recent report, BI found out that more than half of the user population will uninstall the app within the first 3 months; due to a lack of proper mobile app maintenance. The applications on a mobile can either seal the deal or bust it wide open.
Seems like something you can’t ignore, right? Which is why mobile app maintenance should be a no-brainer for all app developers out there. What’s the point in putting in so much effort to create an app for your users only to have more than half of them exposed to the very risks you wanted to avoid in the first place? However, sadly, if reports are to be believed; only 30% of developers update their app every month.
In this post, we’re going to be talking about mobile app maintenance from our point of view.
How does one go about maintaining an app?
Imbibing new technologies
A key reason to carry out regular app maintenance is the velocity with which innovation happens in this business. Versatility is the name of the game. Everything from an expansive “augmented reality” and “virtual reality” to the “Internet of things” occupies a place at this business’ table. And as part of an app’s upkeep procedure, you ought to fuse them whenever necessary. E.g. IoT gadgets are becoming more popular as time goes by. On the off chance that these function well with client satisfaction, consider adding it to your application’s capacity collection.
Regular App Monitoring
At SwitchSoft, we switch to the testing mode once development is over. Our mantra: “Test, test, further test and then rest”. This fanatical testing is the only thing that spares us from issues that have the ability to transform into enormous ones. By persistently testing our apps, we're quick to recognize any existing bugs and quick to fix them; before they end up wrecking our clients’ experience. Alongside bug fixing, we can easily pinpoint any arrangement that can cause a break in proceedings and refine every app functionality.
User interface design trends keep updating with time which leads to an update in your app design as well. An interface design that was the “coolest thing” a few years ago is most likely to not cut it with current users. So, you need to be able to imbibe all current UI trends into your app to meet current user needs.
By adopting and updating the more recent UI patterns, you will be prepared to address any difficulties as they emerge. Moreover, as your UI keeps enhancing, you gain the ability to create further transformations that add to a client's satisfaction.
Along with the UI design, the UX also changes. Much like the UI, user experience also keeps evolving. This is as it ought to be, considering that the users you are focusing on will perpetually be advancing and in this way, their progression will be as well. UX design allows application engineers to make the procedure effortless for any newcomers as well as dependable clients.
OS Version Update
No matter what the platform - iOS or Android, there will be regular new version updates. While designing an app, developers will make the design for a specific platform, mostly for the current generation version. Whenever a new version of the OS is released, it is needed to upgrade the app to accommodate the changes. If the app is not maintained according to the version updates, it will soon become obsolete. The latest version updates tend to deliver some interesting features, which is why it is necessary to update mobile applications according to the OS version updates.
When it comes to security, it is crucial that you sort out every possible loophole within mobile applications. In order to address all sorts of security loopholes or vulnerabilities, every kind of application should be updated to avoid all possible threats. E.g. You have hackers devising newer, deadlier techniques to take advantage of any existing loopholes. When in case of payment gateway integration, we must safeguard customers’ critical information against any unauthorized access. Regular app maintenance helps to meet such security concerns.
Change in Software Programming libraries
Most apps don’t make use of software libraries or APIs for running their systems. However, there are some apps that use these and need to be regularly updated in accordance with any changes made to their platforms.
Now that you’ve figured out the need for regular mobile app maintenance for mobile apps, it’s advisable that you invest both your time and amount in carrying it out. Try improvising in coordination with the latest technologies and trends. If you want to maintain a competitive edge over the mobile market, then app maintenance is compulsory.