6. Maintenance and Add-ons
Both of them are integral parts of a mobile app, because whenever we develop a mobile app, it is supposed to be up and running, and constantly changing, in due time. Even if the client doesn’t know about maintenance and Add-ons, most client-centric mobile app development companies focus on educating them on these particular aspects, before moving ahead with the project.
Every business needs a master plan, a plan along with subsequent plans, to implement, after achieving or reaching pre-defined phases. Why are we telling you this? Because likewise, mobile apps should be planned ahead of time to save hefty maintenance costs in the long run. The greatest advantage in opting for add-ons is an early market entry while improving user retention rate for months after the initial release.
Not every generic app development company has an option like this, but some companies’ like ours, makes planning ahead a top priority. The cost of all this? Definitely much lower than repeating the SDLC for creating a new version every time you plan to add new features to your app. Versioning is a necessity if you want to opt-in it, and this isn’t the regular versioning we talk about in maintenance.
No matter how much you test your app, or how many times you do it, a mobile app is always prone to errors and crashes. Be in a change of device, failure of an API, or failure of a particular component when a command is run, they are all supposed to be treated immediately. The best way to not be left stranded in a situation like this is to opt for a maintenance package.
All top mobile app development companies would give you at least 3 months of free maintenance, depending on the scale of your project. But that’s never enough, assuming that even if you don’t have phases ready, you will at least need to upgrade with changes in technology and Android and iOS versions, and for that, you will need maintenance on a regular basis.
For a rough idea, think of the cost being about 35-45% of the average per hour cost of developing the project, note that this means you will have dedicated maintenance team continuously checking every aspect of your project, on the daily. This is usually opted by corporations with large scale projects and complicated mobile apps but is slowly gaining popularity for use in the medium complexity apps too.