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Strategies For Mobile Performance Testing

In today’s world, we are living in an age where our thinking is not possible without Smartphones and mobile devices. Smartphones become an essential part of human’s life. A man can live without food for a day but without a mobile? No way, never. Mobile application testing is almost same as web application testing but there is a thin layer between this two. Mobile performance testing is not a simple as it sounds. Let’s have a look at the strategies for mobile performance testing.

Look at the difference

The web application testing shares same basic principle with the mobile application testing. But there are more factors which must be considered while mobile performance testing. A smartphone’s user experience will be affected by the notification, network problems, device features, packet loss and much more. All of these factors necessitate mobile performance testing strategy. You should find the correct requirements for mobile performance testing other than web application testing.

Ensure all the business requirements

If your test objective is not aligned with your business requirements then Man you are not going the right way. You are taking a high risk that’s all. Before starting the testing must ensure all the business metrics like revenue, advertising, engagement etc. So that you are able to compete with your opponents. You must also ensure What are the requirements of the user experience relative to these metrics?

Keep it real

Real life testing is more important than virtual testing or testing on the simulator. So don’t ignore the importance of real devices. The real device can’t scale efficiently but emulators can be used for scalability. Oher than this, one of the drawbacks of the emulators are that they are unable to give the real user experience. So, use emulators only when you need to test application logic, functionality, and to test scalability. Use devices when you need to test user experience, device performance, and device-specific functionality.

Identify your Key Performance Metrics

Your key performance indicators (KPIs) always depend on your business objectives. Therefore your KPIs must be able to provide a concrete result when the application is released. So before testing on the mobile application, you must consider following KPIs:

  • Average requests per second.
  • Average response time
  • Throughput
  • Error rate

Don’t avoid interruptions

As we know that smartphone users experience a lot of interruptions all the time. Therefore, Be aware all of these interruptions. Let’s have a look at some of the basic interruptions mobile faces.

  • Incoming and Outgoing calls.
  • Incoming and Outgoing SMS.
  • Notifications
  • Removal of a battery.
  • Data Cable Insertion and Removal for data transfer.
  • Network outage.
  • Media Player on/off.
  • Power cable plug in/out.

In conclusion, I want to say that if you want to plan a test strategy for the mobile performance then you must follow the above tips. If
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Steve Young is a software developer working at AppPerfect Corporation, a software development company based in Cupertino-US, renowned for its monitoring and testing softwares and providing robust and cost-effective custom software development services.