According to research, the number of mobile users has reached up to 5.1 million globally in 2019. And more than 50% of users are frustrated by app performance. Performance testing is crucial to user experience and also protects your company’s reputation. QA teams working for mobile app testing companies work relentlessly to include mobile performance testing as a part of their continuous testing practices.
Getting the Right Mobile App Performance Testing Environment
Before getting started with performance testing, QA teams should understand the various operating systems, devices and user markets that are being tested. They need to have emulators and real devices to run performance tests so that development teams can:
- Use emulators to put the system under high load
- Verify app behavior on real devices and networks
Mobile App Testing Strategy
A mobile app’s performance depends on network and server performance a great deal. And to release a successful app, it needs to be able to recognize device and browser combinations in order to function properly. If QA teams do not understand this, it can lead to a low user experience, which means they would take no time to switch to a competitor app.
Looking at the downside, testing against each scenario can be overwhelming for teams. So it is important to divide performance tests into different categories to build a more robust testing strategy:
- Device performance
- Server performance
- Network performance
We shall discuss how the device performance is important to test when testing an app for performance. Mobile users do not like mobile applications that consumer memory and battery. So QA teams working for a performance testing company check for the following:
Application load time – Did you know that 25% of users abandon an app after 3 seconds of delay? It is important to understand an app’s expected load.
Battery consumption – Some mobile apps consume a high amount of battery life on continuous use. It creates a burn on the processor, making the app slow. So the QA team needs to ensure the mobile app doesn’t eat away a device’s battery life.
Hardware and software variations – There are different types of mobiles and their software versions vary too. When testing for performance it is important to keep in mind all the possible variations your users will be expected to use.
Usage with other apps – Most of the mobile users operate different apps at the same time. So testers should test the following:
- Apps running in parallel
- Other apps running in the background
All the above-mentioned factors are essential to optimize the performance of your mobile apps. QA teams emphasize on testing all aspects of an app for high performance during various user loads. A reliable performance testing company uses these tips as a part of their performance tests to achieve better results.
Ray Parker is a Senior Marketing Consultant with a knack for writing the latest news in tech, quality assurance, software development and testing. With a decade of experience working in the tech industry, Ray now dabbles out of his New York office.