Mobile developers have unique access to their app’s performance through application observability. You’re likely familiar with the pain that comes from a hard crash, even if you don’t know what caused it.
Observability provides insight into the state of your app and gives you additional data to help you resolve issues as soon as possible. Any mobile app development platform such as Builder.ai can be used to build your app.
Application observability benefits
What does observability mean for mobile app performance? These are just a few of the ways app observability can help you.
Repair crashes faster with application observation
Although many error reporting systems can provide insight into crashes, they will only give basic information such as stack trace and console logs. This knowledge doesn’t always suffice to find the root cause of a problem and fix it quickly.
Application observability solutions provide more detailed information, including session profiles, repro steps, network logs, and more, about every crash. This makes it easier to find and fix problems quickly and efficiently.
You can also use observation tools to determine how many users have been affected by a crash, and which segment they belong to. This will allow you to prioritize problems and understand how to best address them.
Accelerate app startup times
App startup time is crucial for user engagement. This is my first experience with your app. Many users will abandon your app if it takes too long to load. 49% of mobile app users are very patient and want apps to load in 2 seconds or less.
Having your app take longer to start can severely impact your engagement and profitability KPIs. It is important to observe the delay in app startup times and analyze them. This will help you improve your app’s launch time.
Identify all exception types and repair them
Many types of exceptions and crashes exist that error reporting tools do not recognize. You may not even know they are there. Observability tools can help you identify and fix NDK crashes and C++ crashes. SwiftUI exceptions and network crashes are just a few examples of exceptions that observability tools might be able to assist with.
Monitor and identify user terminations
When a user leaves your app completely, it is called termination. It could be due to battery consumption, undoing an activity, or other reasons. However, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your app is in trouble.
If you have just released a new feature that has seen an increase in terminations, or if there is a large percentage of terminations on one screen, users may be leaving your app.
Speed up your job processes
Imagine what you can do with user session data aggregated into a logical chronology. If the code was perfect, you wouldn’t waste hours diagnosing issues and banging your head against your desk. Won’t. Work. Mobile observability allows you to streamline your workflow, whether you are a developer yourself or part of a DevOps team.
Reducing mental fatigue
Alert weariness can affect workers in many different sectors. It is a sign that you are too used to (or bored) system alarms and are unable or unwilling to respond. There will be another crash. But what if you don’t have enough information?
Mobile app monitoring platforms should provide more than crash warnings. You can resolve an issue faster if you have a better understanding of it. You will be less afraid of warnings if you have actionable information!
Reducing the error log
Many classic performance monitoring tools provide error recording. You may have already used it. Error logging, if you don’t know what it is, is when an error can be anticipated and recorded in your system. You will be notified whenever it happens.
Although this approach can indicate the frequency of a problem it may not be effective as identical problems could occur for different reasons, so your login might not work. You can use observation to help you understand the complexity of your app and provide you with the information you need to deal with both new and repeating problems.
Developers can maximize the user experience with their applications by using Observability. This is why an application must be developed and maintained: to fulfill a user’s need. Customers won’t use the app if it is constantly ineffective or has poor performance. You can generate actionable outputs from issues that you don’t see or foresee. This makes your life easier and your app more efficient. Build a mobile application.