The number of apps that are available to Apple and Android users is well over a million. So what makes people choose an app and stick with it? The app’s performance levels. This means an app that is functional, runs flawlessly on any device and solves the user’s problem in the best way possible.
Given that mobile devices are growing in diversity and form, app developers are faced with the challenge of ensuring that their products can suit users on tablets, phablets or smartphones. To this effect, we can confidently say that mobile app performance testing has never been more important.
But what does performance testing entail? What do we test for and to what end? We have broken the testing plan into three major categories. Usability , functionality and crowd testing.
Testing for usability is an important part of any mobile app performance testing plan. In the early development stages, single users can test vitals like battery use, CPU, network based performance levels like how well does it perform on WiFi, 3G or 2G networks etc.
Basically, when you test an app’s usability performance you are addressing these questions.
– Does it solve a problem for the users?
– How navigable is the app? Can the user find their way around without confusion?
– Does it function well on different devices and OS versions?
– How well does it perform? Is the overall user experience good?
– Does the mobile app adhere to the guidelines set by vendor platforms like Google or Apple? Basically, the users have a certain expectation from their prior experience with great apps and you should be able to keep up.
How well does your app perform given that there is an array of mobile devices available? It should run as smoothly on a smartphone as it does on a tablet and so on. You simply cannot afford to lose functionality when a user switches from one OS to another.
When testing for functionality, consider these things:
– Your target sector. Is it banking, hospitality, the gaming industry etc.
– The OS versions that are available to most of your target users.
– Unforeseen changes, new inventions and innovations in the market. There are new mobile devices that are being invented on the regular and you should be able to keep up with the trends.
Remember, a simple but functional app can be more lucrative than a fancy app that does little to meet the user’s expectations.
This category simply enables you to speak the same language as your target market. With crowd testing, you will be in a position to use the feedback provided to come up with an application that is user savvy, with a readily available market for your product.
You will of course need to have a confidentiality agreement with your selected crowd of app users to avoid any leakage before the official launch.
As a mobile app vendor, you need to know that releasing a new product in the market is a challenging experience. Negative reviews can greatly hurt your chances of making progress even if you have developed a great user app. You must therefore make the app performance test a priority, since it provides great insight into how well your application will perform. With newer inventions, users expectations are also on the rise. Therefore, you must be well prepared to adjust and react to the constant changes if you are to make it as a remarkable app developer