The mobile app development process isn’t just about launching an app and making it available to users. In fact, designing, development, and deployment of an app are like going the half way. The next half takes the maintenance that goes a long way keep the app surviving on stores. Apps that are not maintained timely fade out and lose the interest of users.
But, maintenance is a continuous process. Mobile app developers do maintenance by providing updates, fixing bugs, and improving productivity. And we have noticed that for all these needs, most of the apps in our mobile devices keep receiving updates at least once in a month.
This post helps those app-owners whose apps are already live on stores and, those who need to keep a close eye on the updates to make it fit the new guidelines of respective stores. By continuous maintenance, developers or the app owners can sustain the success in the rapidly flourishing mobile app market.
There are certain things an app owner or the mobile app developer needs to keep in mind while performing the maintenance operation. Here we go.
1. Operating System
OSs or the devices running these OSs keep receiving new updates time after time. In these updates either platform developers or device vendors make some changes or enhancements to the core OS which may also affect some apps. App developers need to keep eye on every update pushed and see if it has affected their apps. They introduce New features and remove old ones. Developers or app owners need to keep checking of updates to the OS are affecting their apps.
2. Programming Languages
Developers also updates the programming too. Now if your app is based on a programming language being updated, you need to see if changes have affected your app too. Although, developers of programming language do not quickly make changes to their programming languages but, apps with heavy customizations may be affected
3. Mobile App Designing:
Before Apple and Android entered the market, most of the software programmes were based on Skeuomorphic approaches. Apps too were based on the same designing practices. But then everything changed when Apple introduced flat design for iOS and Google introduced material design for Android. But now, no one worries if their music player app should itself look like real music player. So you also need to keep designed aspects in your mind.
Analytics let you learn about the behavior of your users. Which pages are users bounced back from. Or which pages they spend most of their time on – analytics shows data about a lot of aspects. Analytics help you discover how users are reacting to your app and then make changes accordingly. Most of the analytics tools come with a lot of filters or funnels that let you precisely track user behavior and understand the trends. With data of the ongoing trends in hands, developers are able to make changes to and app the way it will fit users.
5. Reviews and rating
You can learn several things from reviews and ratings; particularly from negative ones. The negative reviews can be a bit hurting, but they let you explore all the nooks and corners in your app which still need some trimming, tuning and refinement. When initiating maintenance operation, make sure you are considering reviews and ratings, too. These reviews and rating are open insights of your app. When you make changes according to these reviews, and then reply the reviewer that changes they made, the whole act sends positive vibes among all your users.
So these are some quick tips to perform a better maintenance operation for your app.