Nearly three billion people all over the globe are now using smartphones. People in every walk of life search for answers and solutions right on their mobile screen. There are apps practically for solving all problems and issues that keep coming up now and then. So, the app business is a competitive one with too large an audience and business possibilities. Almost every business niche under the sun has an app now.
Naturally, audiences are increasingly merciless towards apps that are slow and time-consuming. Thanks to the high expectations of mobile users, your app needs to provide solutions to the users as early as possible and as convincingly as possible. Since mobile apps have a bigger role in the digital transformation of lives and livelihood, which is underway, speed and performance have become crucial determinants for making the right choice.
The question is, how can you boost the speed and performance of mobile apps? Well, there is a multitude of effective approaches. Here we would provide a few of them.
Use a Content Delivery Network (CDN) to Speed up APIs and Thus Reduce Latency
APIs are responsible for an app to communicate and show information that they get from other apps. The APIs also help in formatting the information in a more useful manner for the users. This is where the role of a content delivery network (CDN) appears as important. It utilizes several servers spread across different regions to accelerate this communication through APIs. Thanks to the CDN, a server close to the user is used for communication, and this reduces the latency by minimizing the time for the data travel.
Optimizing Visual Assets to Speed Up Load Time
Larger images result in bigger sized data that results in more loading time. Apart from the size, the quality of the image is equally responsible for increased loading time. A high definition image will take more loading time than a low-pixel image. This is why to boost the speed of an app, and it is extremely important to optimize the visual assets for faster loading speed.
One of the most effective approaches for optimizing visual assets is compressing the images to reduce the data size. Caching the image files locally is another approach to ensure faster loading speed. Compression is highly recommended as it can easily reduce the byte size of the images without lowering the image quality. Caching, on the other hand, helps to load the images faster from local memories. All these methods help a mobile app by reducing the workload and hence boosts loading speed and app performance significantly.
Embrace the MVP Development Approach
Minimum Viable Product (MVP) is a development approach for fast-paced app development while keeping the development budget in control. The approach is all about developing only a stripped-off app with the core features and basic design elements. Then, leave open scopes for further development and value additions with subsequent updates.
From the performance point of view, this approach is hugely beneficial as it just uses minimum features and a very stripped-off design to keep the memory load in control. With the MVP approach, you can build an app quickly and deliver great performance while allowing future value additions based on user feedback.
Use a Simple Architecture
Often the app architecture plays a major role in shaping the speed and performance of an app. The whole popularity of the React Native framework basically lies in the superior architecture that helps fast-paced performance.
The app architecture should be simple, straightforward, and should allow component-based modular development. Apart from making options open for reusability of the code, the modular component-based app architecture also significantly improves the app performance.
Optimize App Code
Another crucial requirement is to optimize the app code. Maintaining neat code devoid of unused and irrelevant code lines helps an app reduce the possibility of bugs and errors and ensures optimum loading speed and app performance.
Again, when you use a comprehensive component-based framework known for reducing the coding loads, you automatically boost the performance for your future app.
A lot of app features end up complicating the user experience and performance of an app significantly. On the other hand, a simple app with stripped-off features that are absolutely relevant can load faster and engage users better.
To help your app’s loading speed and performance, make sure you use only the most relevant app features essential to the users. This is also one of the key ways to build the app faster and reduce the app development cost.
Make Sure Your App Uses Hot Reload Feature
The hot reload feature that comes with certain development frameworks and tools allows the app developers to evaluate the output of a feature in real-time when creating it. This helps with the instant evaluation of the performance of an app feature. This feature helps boost the developer outputs and the final app output in the larger context of user experience.
Local Caching for Offline Access
Finally, every app now strives to allow offline access to its contents to ensure better user experience. Local caching helps in loading the contents from the local memory, and thus, the workload on the app can be reduced, and quick loading speed can be guaranteed. On the other hand, the same local caching can deliver improved user experience by allowing users to access contents offline or without the internet connection.
All these tricks and tips have been tested and tried by developers, and hence they bear a stamp of time. If you want to build mobile apps in India as a startup business, the high-performance small business apps built by Indian developers can be a source of inspiration. Many of these promising developers catering to small businesses follow these tips religiously.