Mobile Performance Testing: PerfCast - Spring 2018

QASource | May 16, 2018

“Only conducting performance testing at the conclusion of system or functional testing is like conducting a diagnostic blood test on a patient who is already dead.”

- Scott Barber

What’s New

  • Apache JMeter 4.0 has been released with following new features:

    • This latest version supports Java 9
    • Cookies are now displayed in “View Results Tree” during recording
    • Newly added enhancements:
      • “JSON” assertion for JSON response
      • “If Controller” now uses by default Expression
      • “__dateTimeConvert” function provides conversion between date formats
      • “__isVarDefined” and “__isPropDefined” provide testing of properties and variables availability

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  • SmartBear has released LoadComplete 4.80 with following new features:

    • Faster data transfer between client and tested servers useful in broadcasting video or audio content tests
    • Get errors details during test run rather on test completion
    • User can now define single or multiple transactions in user scenarios
    • New Metrics:
      • 95 Percent Response Time, 98 Percent Response Time and 99 Percent Response Time
      • Warnings Percentage and Errors Percentage

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Tool Evaluated


LoadView is a cloud-based paid tool with multi-browser support and advanced scripting in 40+ mobile and desktop browsers.

Key Takeaways

  • EveryStep Scripting Tool is convenient to use and generates scripts for later use with LoadView
  • Device Calibration feature gets accurate number of virtual users per load injector server
  • Various optional packages are available for monitoring servers, networks, and web-browser performance
  • Reliable cloud infrastructure without downtime
  • Alerts notifications via customizable user groups and schedules
  • Supports a wide range of mobile browsers and devices including iPhones, iPads, BlackBerry phones, Android phones and tablets, Google devices, Nokia phones, and Amazon Kindles
  • Dedicated support team which continuously follows up by emails

Knowledge Base

5 key points for mobile performance testing

5 Key Points for Mobile Performance Testing

  1. Generate performance tests directly from mobile devices if your application has separate mobile and web interfaces
  2. Customize agent header in the request body to distinguish between web browser and mobile devices
  3. Use different network operators to generate load as real world mobile users use different mobile operators
  4. Simulate the various network types like Wi-Fi, 4G, and 3G
  5. Generate load from different geographical locations for a realistic load test
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