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Load Testing: Is it what you missed to test after mobile app development? Don’t Miss it before launch, as it can backfire

Mobile apps offer a lucrative mix of technology and e-commerce on the go. Being on mobile gives your business a prominent share in the marketing domain. Have you on your part ever contemplated your readiness and the fact what if the app just crashes when it is needed most? A word of caution here – ensure Load Testing procedure is followed before you launch the app lest it may backfire and sting hard!

Mobile App load Testing

Load Testing is a non-functional software testing that helps understand the system behavior when subjected to a specific load (traffic). An automated process, it allows the organizations to study system’s behavior at the backdrop of normal and prime traffic conditions. It helps determine the maximum operating capacity and bottlenecks and also identify the factors hampering the performance of the mobile application. It is a process based on real-time user traffic movements, which allows organization to check the influence by altering the number of users vising the application at a specific period of time. The aim of load testing is to determine the maximum work capacity that a system can ultimately handle without any symbolic changes in the performance.

Mobile application testing differs from traditional software testing in many ways. Mobile is a relatively new domain and companies are fairly unsure about its attributes and unpredictability. The intention of load testing is to match the sustenance capabilities of systems against system failures. On the client side businesses need to show caution towards handling application behavior discrepancies on different handsets, platforms, CPU intake, battery and loading speed. On the server side care needs to be taken in terms of calculating variations in response time, delays in message deployment, processing resource intensive packs and application crashes among other factors.

Various tools are used to perform the load testing, some of which are JMeter, BlazeMeter, LoadRunner and NeoLoad. Each tool is equipped with different capabilities and features. A tool that offers the following features will certainly guarantee the success of load testing procedure:

  • Supports different mobile platforms
  • Compatibility with different screen types, input mechanism and resolutions
  • Connectivity with external system to ensure end-to-end testing
  • Usage of device platform matrix to check the most crucial combination of hardware/platform
  • Check performance under practical situations like maximum user/wireless traffic
  • Offer performance testing, compatibility testing and UI testing with real devices
  • Adjusting bandwidths to mobile device requirements to stimulate realistic mobile traffic and subsequent results

Are you planning to launch a new mobile app and have decided to forgo the load testing procedure? Beware! This could harm your business with damages that may be hard to repair. Every process demands that the set of protocols are followed. Load testing is no exception. It is one of the most important procedures to judge the feasibility of the system against heavy user traffic and must be complied with to avoid any hassles at a later stage. If your mobile app crashes unexpectedly, it can earn you negative reviews on Google Play Store, Apple App Store and Windows App Store sometimes, making damage control a difficult task. Experts familiar with the subject matter suggest that all new mobile applications should be subjected to load testing prior to their official launch.

Prepare and anticipate the maximum load during testing before you come up with lucrative offer and ensure seamless functioning!

One of the leading private airline company in India offered domestic flights at less-than-train-fares at Rs 599 and international flights at Rs 3,499 February 11, 2015 experienced overwhelming traffic to its website that eventually crashed at about 3:35 pm. Its website met a similar fate during Re 1 sale on domestic sector on April 3, 2014. In yet another case the airline’s website went crashing down on January 11, 2013 during all-inclusive Rs 2,013 sale fare on 10 lakh seats in the domestic sector. All this due to unprecedented traffic to its website and the most important, lack of readiness and sufficient load testing to bear the burden of millions of fliers trying to book tickets at irresistible future travels.

The giant e-commerce player, ruling the Indian e-commerce segment celebrated October 6, 2014 as the Big Billion Day offering lucrative and irresistible discounts on phones, laptops, toys, fashion accessories and clothes. Approximately 1.5 million shoppers joined the sale fare and made purchases well over $100 million that day. The sale however, earned many disgruntled customers as well as the website crashed due to heavy traffic. The company was prepared but not that enough to handle an unprecedented flow of traffic to its website and had to eventually apologize for the server error.

It thus is pertinent for every organization to preempt demands and heavy traffic flow to their mobile apps and ensure that it runs through the load testing process without fail lest it may backfire and sting back.