Updating an application is significantly important to both software developers and users. Keeping the application as one of the top on the market matters a lot and there are many reasons why an app must be regularly updated.
Security requirements play a big role. The newest version of any software is more secure than the previous one. It’s common for users to think that “there is no need to update an app if it still works well”. Well, yeah, but what if it just seems to be working properly? Notifications with the words “It’s time to get your app up to date” shouldn’t be annoying at all, since updates are all user oriented and improve the capabilities for better serving users’ needs.
In addition to security, updates can add improved functionality. New features are added to the software to make it easier and better thought out. Most software development companies has a drive to create better products.
Fixing bugs is also a part of almost every update. Even software of the highest quality has bugs, no matter how professional its creators are. A responsible developer has a goal of keeping the existing software solutions as perfect as possible,
Keeping these concepts in mind, here is a list of top ten mistakes companies often make when updating apps. Avoiding these mistakes can help you make better product that will make your users happy.
THINKING SCALABILITY DOESN’T MATTER
In a world full of deadlines, it is often hard to give an app as much attention and time as it needs. The point is to launch as soon as possible, not as functional as possible. That is a common reason why many bugs and errors appear when running the app. The more scalable your application is, the less you’ll have to refactor. Choose a scalable database and server, and think about your core solution and take into account that your app is meant to grow.
Underestimating the Value of User Feedback
Interaction with the user is of great importance for any IT professional. The more users have downloaded your app, the more profit you get. Testimonials and all user feedback should play a great role in the future of your app usability. Users describe their experience, express opinions and provide suggestions about how the app should be improved in the reviews. Use this data. Take into account their feedback, consider their opinions apply their suggestions
Too Many features in a Single Update
An abundance of change can be overwhelming for a user. Try to implement your ideas one by one while improving each version gradually. Allow your customers to get in touch with every single update, experience its pros and cons, and leave feedback.
Too Innovative of Design
Software developers can be full of brand new ideas and extraordinary suggestions. When developing a new solution, however, one should remember that the app in not necessarily created for software minded people, but for an average user. Design should be clear and transparent. Orient it to user needs. Buttons, fields and images should reflect the application’s aim and style; making them easy to identify and use.
ORIENTATION TO BROADBAND CONNECTIONS
Low bandwidth actually exists. It may seem that 5MB image download in a fraction of a second over a 100Mbit internet connection but, when users on slower channels such as GPRS connection try to download 5MB, it would take considerable time. Learn how to speed up the web application, and minimize components. This will make your app available to most users and lead to a satisfying user experience
Having a Non-adaptive Design
With the expansion of smart mobile devices, responsive application design is highly important. Everyday, the number of mobile apps users, as well as mobile website visitors, rises. Any high-quality software should work well on any device, no matter the screen size or resolution. Making the software solution available on the majority of devices leads to higher popularity of the service. To help with this aspect of an update, there are an immense amount of tools & tips for building responsive web design,.
Putting Functionality Over Design
Even following an extremely useful idea or adding a super new feature means nothing if you don’t make it look nice. Having a dull grey button somewhere in the lower right corner of the page where it won’t be noticed, means your update won’t be used. Paying attention to the user interface is one of the main deciding factor on whether your software solution will be noticed.
High Resource Consumption
Mobile device batteries are not extremely capacious. Most of them provide about 5-12 working hours, tops. An application that runs too many processes in the background eats up the battery really fast. This problem can make users simply delete the application. Don’t create a product that uses too much network and data resources. Save that resource space for the user.
Not Testing Thoroughly
Test your software! Don’t let your users be your QA/QC team. It’s unprofessional and irresponsible. Pay attention to detail, and deploy your software solution in the production stage only when it’s truly tested and complete.
Forgetting about compatibility
When suggesting that a user updates the application, you should certainly indicate the minimum version of the Operating System that is required for it to be fully functional. Outdated system libraries may lead to problematic operation and bugs. Take care of the new version of the Operating, but don’t forget that some users still work with older versions.
Software development teams who try to avoid these mistakes are destined to bring the highest level of different IT services to their customers. Paying attention to the tips overviewed in this article can help you to update an app properly, bring the highest quality of features to the users of your software and improve overall user experience of your app.
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