Google's developer diagnostic tool Cloud Trace enters beta

Originally introduced last June during the Google I/O conference, Cloud Trace helps app developers spot hiccups and performance issues by finding the traces for slow requests.

Google's Cloud Platform business announced that its developer diagnostic service Cloud Trace has entered beta.

Originally introduced last June during the Google I/O conference, Cloud Trace helps app developers spot hiccups and performance issues by finding the traces for slow requests.

Isolating the root cause of poor app performance can be a headache for developers, explains Google product manager Pratul Dublish in a blog post. It's also major hindrance on app success. On average, 25 percent of users abandon a web page if its load time is more than four seconds and 86 percent of users delete an app if it underperforms, Dublish wrote.

But with Cloud Trace, the difficulty is mitigated with the help of detailed reports on where time is spent within an app while requests are processed. Cloud Trace can also analyze a set of requests to show their latency distribution, and use sample traces to give a percentile of latency values.

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In other words, the service makes it easier for developers to ensure that their app is functioning at its best, and if it isn't, there is a bevy of troubleshooting tools to make it so.

The tool is available immediately, but only to customers of the Google Cloud Platform.

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