With rapid development of mobile devices, innovative technologies and methods are producing high-quality mobile applications. The decision makers create mobile strategies before implementing the application to the end-users. It is vital to build an app with all the functionality and features required by the customer and is beneficial to the app user, but it is critical to have rigorous mobile testing plan prior the mobile app is deployed.
Hence, mobile apps are no more different from web apps, though; applying the same testing techniques will produce inaccurate results or fail to exposure of underlying performance issues.
What are the mobile apps?
A Mobile app is software that accomplish specific task, for instance, music, video, calendar, etc. It saves effort ant time of the users by performing simple touch, zoom and pinch, slide, swipe, tap, etc.
Types of Apps
There are three main types of apps that are used in a mobile device. Identifying the types of performance testing and the type of mobile application under the testing is quite challenging. The types of mobile device are:
Native Apps are developed by mobile OS, for instance, apps developed in Java for Android mobiles.
Hybrid apps are designed to access web applications that are embedded in the mobile itself, for example, Apple Apps Store, Twitter app, LinkedIn app, etc.
Mobile Load Testing
This testing helps us to study the behavior of the apps under different loads. This study reveals how the application handles the existing users efficiently. It is impossible to test the performance using real-time users. It is simple to reproduce the huge number of users by stimulating virtual users to use performance testing tool.
Hence, the mobile application testing is process of validating functional aspects in the mobile device. On the other hand, mobile apps performance testing is a process of authorizing the non-functional aspects of apps installed in the mobile device.
Addressing Mobile App Load Testing
There are some tools in the market that can help you with performance testing challenge in the mobile and web app space.
HP Load Runner
HP Load runner is a software testing tool that provides a picture of end-to-end system performance. A reliable and robust performance testing solution is a key for enhancing the experience of customer. It facilitates testing on varied types of applications and is convenient and affordable and undoubtedly one of the most popular tool
It is a load and performance testing tool that stimulates user activity and observes infrastructure performance. Through these insights, you can foresee the bottleneck area in mobile and web applications and take measures to eliminate the bottlenecks
It may be used to test performance on both dynamic and static resources, like Servlets, Java Objects, files, FTP servers, databases and queries and more. It can be used to stimulate a heavy load on a network, object or server to test its strength or to analyze the overall performance of different types of loads. You can use it to test your script/servers/object behavior under heavy current load or make graphical analysis of performance.
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IBM Rational Performance Tester
It is a tool that identifies the presence and cause of the system performance bottlenecks. Combining manifold ease-of-use features with rough detail, rational performance tester simplifies the load-generation, test-creation and data-collection process that help the teams to certify the capacity of their application to accommodate essential user loads.
Load testing of mobile website applications can be easily done by modifying the user agents, but the important drawback here is that we cannot create realistic real time load. As users have different carriers, different devices, different signal strength and different technologies to access internet via wireless protocol.
The usage of mobile is increased exponentially among the internet users. It is important to deploy and design the mobile apps in the market. Also, it is very challenging to address the different components of the mobile apps, like usability, functionality and performance issue from the perspective of native apps. On the other hand, by defining and designing effective workload and strategy, it is stress-free task to verify and validate the mobile and web apps.