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Application’s Update: Why and When

Most cell phones are constantly updated, but updates provided by manufacturers are limited. They usually focus on small tweaks, small additions, bug fixes here and there, or adding small new features. So, the big update is not always as you might expect and usually means a new version of the operating system, a new UX model or a new feature.
However, as an app developer, how would you know when you app needs a major update? Some hints can help us in this to think about.

New app feature

If you want to add a feature that changes the entire user experience, it’s time to release a major update.

For example, if you want to add a social or collaborative element, integrate a third-party service such as a payment gateway, implement authentication and/or synchronisation across multiple devices, change the app’s revenue model, etc.

A major update can also be achieved by linking some related functions.

New design

If you are planning to completely change the app’s design, whether you are considering the user experience or the graphics, you will most likely need to release a major update.

It’s only natural that from time to time you’d want to change some things, if not all, and to be honest, sometimes users want a change.

Performance

One of the biggest concerns of developers, entrepreneurs, and designers is how best to increase app engagement.

By taking into account various data analysis, we can know what needs to be improved in the app and if a specific update is needed if the improvement is significant.

It doesn’t hurt to ask for feedback from users beforehand! And because we’re here…

User feedback

In-app feedback is one of the most important things to keep in mind as we are always looking for user satisfaction.

Check App Store reviews, support requests, or similar items on the market to find out the major flaws in your app and how to fix them.

Some of the most common problems are problems finding a specific function or button, or needing a specific function that is not there.

Old codebase

Technology is progressing very fast these days. Even the code base that was created two years back is now out of date and out of date. In this case everything usually works fine, but you may need to change your code base.

Please note that major updates may include a complete code rewrite.

The more people working on the code base, the longer it can take and the more complicated it can be, even if you follow the rules.

Extending to various platforms or devices

With the variety of devices and platforms available today, you need to be flexible to accommodate different types of users and reach as many users as possible.

Of course, scaling the application means completely reworking the application code as it has to adapt to different design sizes and strive for a consistent experience.

Latest design trends

With the rapid development of technology, aesthetic trends are also advancing. A dated look is an absolute no-no for any business owner. So maybe you want to keep up to date with the latest design trends.

Conclusion

In general, no matter what kind of app you use, there is a constant need for improvement. Times and trends change faster than expected, so it’s very important to keep yourself informed, keep an eye on what other competitors are doing, and what your application’s weaknesses are.

Don’t be fooled by the fact that you have temporarily created a great app, you should know that there is always room for improvement.

Finally, remember that when implementing a major update, you should consider user feedback, age of the code base, current trends and technologies, extensibility and new app features.

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