Android is playing a huge role in today’s industry. There are thousands of companies and industries that are relying on Android today! It hasn’t stopped growing. This Google I/O android is now on more than 2 billion smartphones with 80 billion apps installed! That’s a huge number.
While the features and other improvements over the core system are being updated. There are various external factors that are contributing to Android’s performance. We all have faced it and still facing!
Here are the top reasons why android performance problems are still growing:
No. of developers in any organization are in high numbers. They contribute most to any apps. Developers are always trying to learn new technology, sculpting themselves for better coding and maintainability. While the contribution playing an important role. There is also a high probability of introducing a new line of code which could go unnoticed given tight deadlines. 100’s of developers pushing 1000s lines of code for an app? We can certainly imagine what could go wrong!
There are 32% in Lollipop and 31.2% Marshmallow devices in the market right now and App testing is a nightmare for app developers and companies. Developers got to handle performance on devices that they have never heard off. An average of 3.1 android phones are launched a day which is around 1137 phones from 95 manufacturers in the market today. With this amount of variety of form factors is making it hard for developers to run performance and debug on all the devices.
Lack of tools and variety
Connecting a developers phone to Android studio and testing few flows does not stop users from facing slowness and crashes. App testing should tightly stay coupled with performance. This way, you are reducing the risk of uninstallations and bad reviews. Testing for networks, conditions plays an important role in testing mobile apps.
Check Google I/O’s report with conditions.
We all have teams working together closely solving problems that require efforts of different expertise. At some point, you have so many SDKs configured in your app that would be facilitating analytics, testing, marketing, SEO tools. Any of such actions requires the developers to modifiy / Build / Release a version of app which should go through a round of regression testing just to make sure this SDK does not break any functionality.
We found an interesting contribution to apps performance for the apps that are integrated with Firebase. Since firebase is an analytics tool and dependent on Play services for communicating with the server. APP PSS (proportional set size) contribution has increased by 15% for every user flow. Now 15% might now be a lot. But the app would be terminated by android system if APP PSS continues to run in the background.
A call with one of our customers gave us an idea about the importance of performance. The app organization is building has decided test on the variety of Devices, Networks, Conditions. The lead developer fixed every possible performance threat that would impact his app’s user acquisition.
Understanding the importance of performance and how it could affect the app in the market at very early stage helped our customer to solve performance risks.
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