As of the second quarter of 2020, the number of available apps on the Google Play Store was 3.6 million, followed by 1.82 million on Apple App Store. This represents a 6% increase for Google Play Store and a 6.95% increase for Apple App Store than the previous quarter. Statista also projects a rise in the number of app downloads, more than 350 billion by 2021.
You’ve probably interacted with an app on your phone or tablet that’s slow, takes a long time to load, freezes, or even crashes on you altogether.
On the flip side, you can probably think of an app that you love to use because from day one, it’s never given you any trouble.
Or maybe you never paid any mind to an app that works quickly, because isn’t that how it’s supposed to be?
So, what causes one app to be crash-prone and another, fast, and reliable?
A developer or mobile tester can measure the performance of an application in different scenarios.
For example, they can test for when there’s a concurrency of users on the app at the same time, on different devices (which vary in hardware resources and screen sizes), and multiple networks such as 3G, 4G, Wifi, and more.
The reality is that many variables affect the performance of a mobile application. Moreover, a user may have a very bad experience with your app and the cause might not even have anything to do with the code or its implementation.
But, by running performance tests for each of these three factors, you’ll be able to identify problems and optimize your app for the best user experience possible.
Keep reading as we’ll cover the different types of tests for each factor, what to measure, and what tools are available to help you along the way.
A mobile app’s backend architecture is generally based on an application server, a web server, and a database.
**When it comes to the backend, the things related to performance that are important to know when an app is under load are the server’s response times, database queries times, and the server’s resource usage. **
Using this information, it’s easier to detect issues such as:
This is when you simulate load on the backend in different ways, whether it be through stress testing, peak testing, endurance testing, load testing, etc.
In general, the objective of these tests is to understand how the backend systems of an app behave and handle a certain volume of concurrent users.
Several tools allow you to load test your mobile app. The most commonly used ones include:
Apache JMeter – the number one open-source load testing tool
Gatling– a developer-friendly, open-source load testing tool with scripts written in Scala
BlazeMeter – a cloud performance testing platform that scales your JMeter or Gatling tests for a greater amount of concurrent users
With regards to the network that the device is connected to, there are two key things to measure: latency and bandwidth.
For mobile performance, the lower the latency and the higher the bandwidth, the better.
An app’s performance can vary depending on, for example, whether it’s connected to a 3G network or a 4G network, and unfortunately, this is beyond an app developer or tester’s control.
But, it is possible to incorporate the network during the mobile app performance testing process, simulating the different types of networks and measuring their impact on the response times, both on the server-side and the client-side.
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Mobile apps hold the most significant chunk of global online organic traffic, as they are immensely popular and straightforward to use. As per stats, by 2020, the revenue generated by mobile apps will be around $188.9 million. Thus the mobile app performance becomes a factor that cannot be ignored to stay relevant in the global arena.
Maintaining and increasing mobile app performance is the key to the app’s longevity and success. Reducing latency will add to the production and also increase customer satisfaction as they will have a smooth experience while using the app. The combination of both will enable mobile app developers to bring out the best and stay ahead of their peers at the app store. Mobile app development companies should consider both the indices as one and work towards the improvement of both at once.
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In the world of overrated terms “web development”, a mobile app wireframe design is one of the most underrated terms. The design of wireframes is considered when people look for the bigger picture.
While designing the UI-UX, people forget the simple norm of general to specific shifting. As the complexity increases and so does the approach become more difficult, this is where the designing of the wireframes comes in handy.
Before diving into the “How to”, let’s first see why we need them in the first place.
Wireframes are the skeletal layouts of an application or a website that is being designed. The specificity comes into play, the elements and the features have to be placed at specific locations. Take a building, in the process of making it, first the foundation is laid and then pieces are fitted together from the skeleton structure on a piece of paper, wireframes do the same for the website or application structure such as a smart home application.
The designing of wireframes is commonly known as wireframing. For the construction of a building, the framework or the skeletal structure is important while designing a web application or mobile application, wireframing is important to make it user-friendly. This entirely and solely works to make the journey smooth and destination easy to reach.
As for the building, the layers of cementing and painting is done later to increase the visual appeal, the visual contents and appealing stuff are added after wireframing. The simpler it sounds after the definition, the complex it gets when it is being done.
It is a very goal-oriented procedure, one has to keep in mind is the goal of the product or the destination of the service. The main focus should be on UX. The arrangement of the elements and their interaction with each other and with the user is the utmost important task in mobile app wireframing.
One has to keep in mind that skipping this entirely can lead to the failure of the entire process of web and mobile app development at the end.
Again taking the example of the construction of a building, the foundation must be laid first based on the skeletal framework that has been prepared, then only you can jump to beautify your building, as a designer one has to understand and follow the steps where designing the mobile app wireframe comes first and then the visually appealing content is added next not the other way round.
For the most part, people do not understand the importance and come up with some trashy design of wireframes and the main foundation becomes faulty, hence the entire designing at later stages becomes faulty. If one wants to skip the reworking part, mobile app wireframing must never be ignored.
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