5 Things To Remember For Boosting Performance Of Mobile Apps

Posted on Jul 21 2014 - 9:21am by Tejas Jasani

Mobile Apps

Improving user experience by optimizing the application for different devices is the first and foremost priority by majority of enterprise apps developers. But even then some apps fail to perform or simply fail to meet the expectation set against them. As devices and overall user experience is evolving at a rapid pace, meeting the basic requirements is not always enough to meet the expected standard. But there are vulnerabilities that always tend to put an application down. Here we introduce 5 things to remember to boost performance of mobile apps.

Instant response to user input

If your app takes longer than 10 seconds to load or respond to user input, at least one third of users just decide to come back later and quit the application. This sheer demand for quicker and faster response is the most important criteria to meet in the present context of offering better user experience. A mere functional test will assure the speed of response time, you have to go through a strict performance validation test. Optimizing web based communication, enhanced local cache and optimizing media files for streaming are few relevant ways to increase the performance and speed.

Loading Animations

Using animation on the apps for enhanced visual experience is alright as long as they load smoothly. A lot of animation on application pages often hampers the loading speed and performance. Remember speed and performance is the top priority for an application to get clients hooked up and at the cost of anything you cannot compromise on that. Optimize animation and design attributes to make sure that they load properly.

Familiar Native Physics and Gestures

Suddenly you come across an application that apart from looking great and offering a gamut of features makes it challenging for the user to access all the features with common and familiar inputs. Just think, what all this brainstorming on app features and performance are of use if the app demands a gesture input that is altogether new to you? Yes, many apps simply fail on this point. Make sure that common and familiar gestures and physical inputs can operate the app. Do not unnecessarily make things complex by demanding type of input not familiar to users or common to devices.

Utilize the GPU

Utilizing GPU or Graphics Processing Unit you can not only accelerate the hardware performance of the device but the application can experience as well huge acceleration in several aspects. From compositing layouts to CSS3 transitions to CSS3 3D transformation to Canvas drawing and WebGL 3D drawing, by utilizing GPU you can boost the performance and speed of every aspects of an application.

All Decisions Must Consider User Experience

Lastly, whether grand is your app design or technical maneuvers, user experience is the final certification and success parameter for your apps. Naturally all decisions concerning layout, features, animation and design attributes must assure a faster, smoother and relevance driven user experience. Working on an app there are 3 questions you must reply with a positive node – ‘Is it fast?’, ‘Is it easy to maneuver?’ and finally ‘Is it relevant?’

In the fast changing domain of mobile apps it is no longer one factor that is playing the decisive role. It is no longer just the user experience, evolution of device or shifting parameters of relevance that play the key role. But it is more about delivering apps that take care of all of these factors at the same time. How deep and wide your app can take into account all these factors that will decide your success with an app.

About the Author

Tejas Jasani is a founder & CEO of Android App Development Company named The APP Guruz. His major focus is on how to improve mobile user’s smart phone experience through development of mobile games and apps in the field of education.