Lightening Fast Apps: How to Reduce Latency in Your App

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Published by: Alex Dibben

Majority of online users don’t like to wait to get a response from their mobile apps. In fact, it’s estimated that for every second your app consumes, your conversion rate declines by 7 percent.

What’s worse, mobile users tend to get frustrated if they have to wait longer and 48% of them will uninstall your app.

For any app provider, time is money! And for your target audience, added time escalates to an awful experience.

Latency is one of the most common causes of slow apps. It’s defined as a measure of delay in milliseconds. Latency measures the time data takes to get to its destination and back across a network.

Read on find out how you can reduce latency in your app.

3 Ways to Reduce Latency

Here’s how you can reduce latency.

1. Revamp Your Code

Most latency problems start with the coding of the app. There are a number code functionalities that can lead to app latency. Some common ones include inefficient algorithms, multithreaded locks, and blocked operations.

You can reduce latency by restructuring loops, using anti-locking design patterns and limiting the queue depth. You can also take advantage of non-blocking programming models for hardware resources.

2. Check on the Virtualization

The operating environment in which the application runs on can improve latency. It can be on shared hardware, virtual machines, or in the cloud.

Because you can’t make your users run your application on dedicated hardware, you need to be wary of the virtualization to combat latency. Hypervisors can impose a layer of code between the operating system and application. With proper mobile app development, you can reduce the app latency.

3. Remove Network Hops

For your clients to use your app, they need a reliable network. Distance is an important consideration in this regard – the closer your users are to the network server, the lower the chances of latency.

To solve this issue, consider using faster networking, such as 10GigE networks. You can avoid extra network round-trip connections by incorporating clustered queuing and storage systems. This way, data scales across several host devices.

If your app is running on the cloud, consider keeping all the processing in one availability zone. What’s more, keep the server and client processes closer together. If possible, ensure that they’re in the same datacenter and physical network switch.

Let Professional Techs Reduce Your Latency

Having the fastest CPUs and networking equipment don’t solely solve your latency issues. Efficient software algorithms and application architecture are all important to reduce latency.

Creating a real-time app requires your developer to not only write efficient code, but also understand the hardware constraints and operating environments on which the application runs on. Don’t always depend on your in-house team. Outsource the technical stuff to specialists for the best results.

For more information about latency and other app design needs, feel free to get in touch with us. We’ll be glad to help!

Written byAlex Dibben

Alex Dibben

Alex Dibben, holds a degree in Software Development and Business from the University of Portsmouth. He serves as the Director of Expect Best Ltd and has 20+ years experience in Web Design & Digital Marketing. Expect Best Ltd expertly manages more than 400+ client accounts, showcasing their proficiency in Digital Marketing & Web Design. Visit Linkedin Profile


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