Let's take look at different types of updates available on Blynk IoT platform.
• Updates before app is published
Before your app is published to app stores, Blynk will provide you with test versions of iOS and Android apps for testing purposes. You will get as many versions as needed and there are no extra charges for that.
Also, if you find a bug, we will fix it at no charge. No matter if it's after the app was published, or before.
• Updates after your app was published
After your app is published to App Store and Google Play, you are still able to perform app updates.
There are 2 types of updates you can use:
- Project update using Blynk.Faces™
- New app release
1. Project update using Blynk.Faces™
Once your app is published to app stores you can provide certain updates without re-exporting and re-publishing.
Blynk.Faces™ is a powerful feature of Blynk that allows you to have a Master Project which controls all the changes in the published app. Any UI updates made in a Master Project are instantly reflected for all users.
For example, if you add a new button in Master Project, all of the customers use app that inherits this project will see a new button once they open your app.
To update your apps using Blynk.Faces™ you would need an active Business Plan subscription. Another option is to buyout the apps. Check the plans and more info here.
2. Updating with new app release
👆When your app is published to app stores it will have all the platform features available at the moment of publication.
However, Blynk is being constantly developed and new features are added every month. Also, new smartphone OS versions appear, and we improve many existing features.
If you would like to add a new feature to the app that has been already published, a new app release is required.
You publish the app on March, 14th. In April, Blynk releases a new widget. You believe that your customers will benefit from using this new functionality. Since it wasn't available at the time of publishing, we would need to export your app again with a new widget and re-publish it to app stores.
If you are signed up for monthly payments, you would need to purchase every update separately. It's a one-time purchase which is added on top of the plan. For example: if you are subscribed to Startup Plan for $199 / Month, and you decide to update the app this month, you would spend: $199 (monthly fee) + $199(update fee)
Annual Business Plan includes 3 free updates during 12 months. Annual Startup Plan includes 1 free update during 12 months.
If you have any questions on app updates, please contact us.