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Likelihood to Recommend

Appium

Appium works well for well-structured mobile applications test automation that is particularly easy to leverage when different pages of the app use similar building blocks. If it takes time for some content in the app to be rendered, ask your dev team to add progress indicators and ensure they are accessible. That might be more complicated to do with Appium, though, if there's no good contact with Dev team established so you can request accessibility IDs added quickly enough when needed.Appium supports another locator strategies as well though (such as xPath or iOS class chain on iOS) but they wouldn't work as fast so you may get really slow tests.
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Micro Focus Mobile Center

It is well suited for companies which has geographically dispersed teams and limited devices in library. HP Mobile Center provides maximum usage of available devices on onsite, near shore and offshore models. It has distributed architecture which is very useful if your team must need physical access to device.
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Pros

Appium

  • Crossdevice: With Appium you can automate tests for Android and iOS both. There is no need to learn more than 1 language.
  • Easy: It's really easy to configure and use appium; it's very useful when you're testing strategy is based on "developers write tests".
  • Open Source: It's such a nice strength of appium, because you don't need to pay to use a good tool like Appium is.
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Micro Focus Mobile Center

  • Remote access to real devices within your organization network as compared to public devices library offering, where their is a risk of exposing pre-production builds outside the organization.
  • "Factory built like" integration with HP ALM, HP Sprinter, HP UFT and HP Network Virtualization.
  • Ability to mimic real world conditions in a controlled environment in the devices of your choice.
  • Removed the guess work out of using emulators
  • Able to extend automation to mobile testing using HP UFT.
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Cons

Appium

  • Execution against live iOS devices can be quite slow. This will likely be improved in the near future
  • Challenging for a new user to take on without guidance from a veteran
  • Upgrading to a new version of Xcode before the tool is updated can render you suite useless, until an update is available
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Micro Focus Mobile Center

  • I would like to see stability in connection for connected devices in case of network failure, reboots and restarts
  • I would like to see shorter support cycle for patch and updates from OS makers
  • I would like to see a dedicated HPMC support center, where users can call-in and get answers as this a brand new product.
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Alternatives Considered

Appium

Hard to compare Appium to Xcode and Android sdk because Appium uses them, but those are the only comparisons I could come up with to compare Appium with another product. I'm sure there may be other mobile automation tools, but none are as mainstream as Appium or with the support. You will need to install both Xcode and Android sdk to have Appium function.
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Micro Focus Mobile Center

HP Mobile Center stacks well against solutions like Mobile Labs Device Connect, Perfecto Mobile and Device Anywhere. Its native integration with HP ALM and HP UFT makes it a clear choice for team already using those solutions. HP Mobile Center also provides extension to Amazon Device Library.
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Return on Investment

Appium

  • Improved test coverage - 20%
  • Freed up manual testing resources to more important tasks
  • Application bugs/defects are found and resolved quicker
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Micro Focus Mobile Center

  • Efficient use of the devices. Reduced the idle time.
  • Better control over access and user management. Testing within our controlled environments.
  • Better control of device matrix.
  • Faster testing cycles. Early design bugs to development teams. Real devices means, less guess work.
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Pricing Details

Appium

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Micro Focus Mobile Center

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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