New Facebook Tool Helps Developers Test Apps On Slow Networks


Mobile apps can do strange things when networks are slow, and if you want to deploy your app to a global market, knowing how it’ll react when your users are on a slow network connection is pretty important. To test its own apps, Facebook developed Augmented Traffic Control in 2013 and deployed it internally to test its apps on slow connections. Today, it is open-sourcing this effort.

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