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PacketZoom speeds up Photofy app by nearly 2x
Mobile App User Experience,Mobile User Experience,Mobile User Engagement,Mobile Network Speed
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PacketZoom speeds up Photofy app by nearly 2x


PacketZoom speeds up Photofy app by nearly 2x

Friday, June 9, 2017

Richard Harris Richard Harris

Mobile app user experience and engagement increase as PacketZoom speeds up the Photofy mobile app.

Performance is a crucial contributor to a dependable mobile app user experience. While stunning visuals attract customers by making a great first impression, a long-lasting relationship depends on the quality of each encounter, which is heavily influenced by how an app performs. According to Compuware research, most consumers expect mobile apps to launch within two seconds and may even abandon apps with slower load times. The direct correlation between speed and revenue is astounding:  on smartphones, a one-second delay in loading a page can result in a 3.5 percent drop in conversions.

Photofy - A  social media content creation application

Photofy is a content creation tool and photo editing app that provides everything a user needs to create beautiful, professional photos right from their mobile device. Photofy empowers businesses of all industries and sizes to create and share high-quality branded content, drive greater social awareness and user engagement, and advertise to a global audience.

The Problem: Unreliable network conditions

Photofy CTO Chris Keenan was aware of the toll network performance has on user engagement. Photofy was using Amazon Cloudfront but was on the lookout for a mobile-first solution to improve asset download times for both dynamic and static content. “Photofy is an image-driven, visual experience. We can’t allow unreliable network conditions to compromise our user experience, and we are always on the lookout for the latest tech to enhance our product,” said Keenan.

The Solution: PacketZoom Mobile Expresslane

Photofy completed PacketZoom’s SDK integration in less than an hour. PacketZoom’s SDK offers a drag and drop integration and is lightweight, with a minimal memory footprint. No changes to infrastructure configuration and no additional hardware or software were required. The existing CDN infrastructure was kept, and Photofy was granted full operational monitoring and control via the dashboard, allowing the team to conduct A/B tests and compare performance with and without PacketZoom. “PacketZoom’s in-app networking solution was easy to integrate, required no changes in infrastructure and showed immediate improvement in user engagement,” added Keenan.

The Results: Up to 1.76x speedup

Results were immediate: Photofy ran 1.76 times faster across LTE, 1.52 times faster on 3G, and 1.46 times faster on WiFi networks. PacketZoom also rescued 63% of transfers from disconnections. Photofy saw an immediate ROI and significant boost in user engagement, including a 10 percent increase In image views.

PacketZoom Network Speed Infographic


Like most mobile apps, Photofy’s app was experiencing session disconnects that were disruptive to the user experience. The percentage of session disconnects across the different markets  Photofy’s app has presence in, is aligned with statistics collected and presented in the PacketZoom Mobile Observatory.

- US (~150% improvement) had 4.6% sessions with transfer failures. With PacketZoom the failed transfer rate dropped to 2.2%.
- Brazil (275% improvement) had 11% sessions with transfer failures. With PacketZoom the failed transfer rate dropped to 4%.
- Canada (171% improvement) had 5.5% sessions with transfer failures. With PacketZoom the failed transfer rate dropped to 3.2%.
- Mexico (208% improvement) had 7.1% sessions with transfer failures. With PacketZoom the failed transfer rate dropped to 3.4%.

CDN Savings

PacketZoom -  positioned as a CDN enhancing technology - automatically offloaded mobile content caching from Photofy’s CDN. PacketZoom delivered about 94% of the static content request from its caches (client and server), and the remaining was served from the Amazon CloudFront. This has translated into significant savings that result in close to a zero cost increment for Photofy.

Read more: http://packetzoom.com

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