Meet the banking apps that can max out your mobile

Which of these two tasks is more likely to exceed the limits of your smartphone: checking your account balance on the HSBC app, or playing Angry Birds 2?GameBench makes it easy to discover the answer with just five minutes of testing on each application, and the results are surprising.

App vs. Game

Comparing a banking app with a game isn’t as strange as it might seem. The HSBC app and Angry Birds 2 have something important in common: they both aim to deliver the best possible visual responsiveness and smoothness, so they both target a graphical animation rate of 60 frames per second (fps).

Explainer: Frame rate objectively measures the smoothness of animations. Android and iOS applications generally target either 30fps or 60fps.

Of course, each application targets 60fps for a different reason. The HSBC app does it to ensure smooth scrolling and swiping, whereas Angry Birds does it make in-game physics appear more convincing. Nevertheless, frame rate is a key objective measurement of UX quality in both cases, so we figured it would be interesting to analyse them side-by-side.

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  • GameBench Staff
  • 04. October 2016
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Mobile game performance pitfalls that studios and QA teams often overlook

There are many ways to test a mobile game, from compatibility testing through to subjective testing (i.e., determining whether it’s fun or not). But one aspect of the QA process that is still quite new, and hence doesn't always get the attention it deserves, is performance testing.

The need for performance testing has arisen in response to recent demand for more premium mobile game experiences -- in other words, games that deliver high levels of visual quality and fluidity, and which increasingly do so in combination with other intensive tasks (such as AR or VR, physics simulation or sophisticated AI).

Given the newness of this discipline, I think it’s worth pinning down an essential checklist of six common pain-points which we frequently encounter here at GameBench, and which any meaningful performance test should take into account.

1. Slow or jerky animation

When a studio sets a target frame rate for a game's animation, usually at either 30 or 60 frames per second (fps), it's essential that this target matches the game's genre and that it is achievable on popular devices.

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How do you know if your app is a battery hog?

Mobile developers are frequently told that excessive battery drain is one of the key reasons why users abandon apps. But much less is said about how a developer can avoid this problem and ensure that their app is energy efficient.

GameBench is one of the easiest ways to gather power metrics that are both reliable and immediately useful for optimisation. In this article we’ll go through the basic steps of how to get these data , using YouTube and Netflix as examples.

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  • GameBench Staff
  • 28. June 2016
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CASE STUDY: NEWS APPS AND THE QUEST FOR EXTREME RESPONSIVENESS

News reading apps are the quiet ninjas of the mobile world. On the face of it, they perform a simple, repetitive task: displaying the daily news. Whether it's the Huffington Post, the BBC, The Guardian or the Mail Online, they all go about this task in very similar ways.

Behind the scenes, however, the popularity of the leading news outlets is so great, and there’s so much pressure to engage and retain habitual readers (who are fussy and spoilt for choice), that news reading apps have become the focus of huge amounts of technical skill and resources, both in terms of software development and QA. The apps may be simple, but perfecting them isn’t.

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Get a rapid performance health check at GDC

If you'll be at GDC this year, please feel free to come and meet us. We can help you to use our latest free tools to test any game or device that you're interested in, so you can discover how its frame rate, resource usage and other performance metrics compare to rival products on the market.

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  • GameBench Staff
  • 09. March 2016
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