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Consultant
Project Manager at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
May 02 2018

What is most valuable?

The way Appium server interacts with mobile apps is fantastic. It provides all the information about the elements inside the app, Android as well as iOS. I can interact with the element quickly, just type some text or get some text values from the element - whether it's a drop-down, or web text, or… more »

What needs improvement?

It needs to accommodate applications that use React.js and AngularJS. Also, an application developed on the Unity platform, such as a gaming application, objects are moving in that case. Interacting with those elements is still lacking in Appium. Appium doesn't have the internal library to play with… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used commercial tools like Experitest. There were a lot of limitations. For example, we had to use iOS Configuration Utility manager before using that tool. We felt Appium was better because it is an open-source tool. It is very competitive with any of the commercial tools, right now.

What other advice do I have?

Overall, Appium is the best. It is not made as a commercial tool. I would rate Appium as a nine out of 10 because it has the flexibility, simplicity, and it is elegant. It is technically more advanced, and even a beginner can start using Appium very quickly, and master it in less time.
Vendor
QA Lead at a tech vendor
Aug 20 2017

What is most valuable?

Support for both Android and IOS. It simplifies the testing setup.

How has it helped my organization?

It saves a large amount of QA resources needed for doing smoke tests and sanity checks on new versions of the app on several phones and OS versions.

What needs improvement?

Usability. The documentation is not always easy to follow, especially the advanced setup part, where the IOS predicates usage. Also, the Appium inspector, a tool which… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It's open source. There is nothing wrong with that.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Yes, Silk Mobile. Its features are very far from Appium's capabilities. Also, it is expensive.

What other advice do I have?

Good luck, not sure how you can do it better. It has flaws, but is still much better than any other cross-platform mobile automation tool.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I was using Silk Mobile, and it was not the right tool for our needs. Also, I tested the native automation on both Android and Mac. These are good options, but you need to… more »
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Deva Veluchamy
Consultant
Test Automation Lead/Consultant at Aspire Systems
Jul 07 2016

What is most valuable?

- Best part is that it's open source tool. - Supports multiple mobile platforms. - It supports native apps, mobile web & hybrid applications of both Android and iOS. - It is based on Selenium using HTTP protocols. - It supports most of the scripting languages like Java, Ruby, Java script, etc. - It… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It is an indispensable tool for mobile automation helps much in converting manual test cases to automated scripts. Being an open source tool, it yields good ROI.

What needs improvement?

It should provide reliable & promising executions every time without any interruptions and avoiding any synchronization issues. They should also think of supporting Windows mobile applications as well in future.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The highest strength of this tool is that it's open source.
Consultant
Senior Director, Software Development and Testing at Softcrylic
Jan 26 2016

What is most valuable?

* Automate tests for native apps, hybris apps and mobile websites * Test executions on real mobile devices and emulators/simulators * Write automation scripts in any language of your choice Java, C#, PHP, Python and many more * Based on Selenium API so there is no steep learning curve to understand… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We provide IT services and solutions, and with this solution we have helped our clients reduce their manual testing efforts to greater level. Our clients have realized benefits by reducing their testing cycle from three days to three hours through Appium.

What needs improvement?

They can improve test reporting, and more importantly on test scripts, by providing less constructs to automate more complex testing scenarios.

What other advice do I have?

I would say start lean, gain small wins and incrementally add more. Example: Start automating test cases for one browser and slow expand to multiple browsers.

What is Appium?

Appium is an open-source tool for automating native, mobile web, and hybrid applications on iOS and Android platforms. Native apps are those written using the iOS or Android SDKs. Mobile web apps are web apps accessed using a mobile browser (Appium supports Safari on iOS and Chrome or the built-in 'Browser' app on Android). Hybrid apps have a wrapper around a "webview" -- a native control that enables interaction with web content. Projects like Phonegap, make it easy to build apps using web technologies that are then bundled into a native wrapper, creating a hybrid app. Importantly, Appium is "cross-platform": it allows you to write tests against multiple platforms (iOS, Android), using the same API. This enables code reuse between iOS and Android testsuites.
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