To conclude our three part series, How Often Should You Update Your Mobile App, the development team at Echo discusses a vital area that will help companies make key business decisions in the mobile marketplace.
New hardware, means change. Sometimes it’s just a nicer, bigger version of something that already exists and sometimes it’s a revolutionary new product that sends waves through the tech community. Every couple of months, people sit with baited breath as Apple gets ready to announce a new phone or a new iPad. Google (Nexus), Samsung, LG, HTC also cause excitement when when they release new hardware. This is something that is typically out of your control and needs to be taken into account when considering the longevity and stability of your app.
Peripheral hardware devices also have the opportunity to affect when you might need to make changes to your app. Take fitness peripheral devices like FitBit, Jawbone or the Nike Fuel Band. If you happen to have an app that interfaces heavily with one of these pieces of hardware and they decide to make a major change or introduce a better model, you might be forced to make updates to your app. Not all apps are fitness apps obviously, but integration with other devices via Bluetooth devices, Wifi and hard lines can ultimately affect how and when you need to make updates to your app.