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HeadSpin - Improving The Appium Testing Experience

Accelerate Appium test cycles with the HeadSpin, a solution for mobile app automation. Enhance your mobile app performance with more efficient testing.

What is Appium?

Appium is an open-source tool. It lets you automate native, mobile web, and hybrid applications on iOS mobile, Android mobile, and Windows desktop platforms. It drives iOS, Android, and Windows apps using the WebDriver protocol. Appium is a server that receives commands from an automated script and translates them into a “language” understandable by mobile devices. Simultaneously, it can receive responses from mobile devices and translate those responses into automated scripts.

One of the crucial factors is that Appium is cross-platform. It lets you write tests against multiple platforms (iOS, Android, and Windows) using the same API. This feature enables code reuse between iOS, Android, and Windows test suites. Each platform that Appium supports is powered by one (or more) Appium “drivers,” which are essentially bits of software that implement the Appium protocol for a particular platform.
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Appium with HeadSpin

If your team has existing Appium tests, they can be integrated with the HeadSpin Platform and run on any device to which you have access. On the HeadSpin Platform, Appium powers the functional aspects of the test, while HeadSpin data and insights enable the non-functional aspects of the test. The latest version of the platform allows you to debug and develop Appium scripts directly in the UI without an app or desktop client.

HeadSpin Appium Capabilities

In addition to standard Appium capabilities and W3C WebDriver specifications, the Appium server running on each HeadSpin host supports several custom capabilities. The HeadSpin Appium load balancer running in the cloud supports additional features that control device selection and redundancy.
HeadSpin Appium capabilities

HeadSpin Appium Inspector Integration

Appium Inspector, a part of Appium’s popular feature set, is used to identify the UI elements of a mobile app while developing Appium automation scripts. Typically, Appium Inspector works in tandem with either an actual device accessed from your local machine or a simulator (for iOS) or emulator (for Android) to explore the app view hierarchy. However, HeadSpin has developed a feature that can bypass the extra work of preparing simulators/emulators, downloading the apps for testing, and the various other steps involved in setting up an Appium development environment. This feature is the HeadSpin Appium Inspector Integration in the HeadSpin Device Remote Control UI.
HeadSpin Appium Inspector Integration

HeadSpin Advancements

HeadSpin is a proud supporter of and contributor to the test automation ecosystem. We focus on building a global infrastructure to run Appium tests across different geographies with real-time conditions and user scenarios.
Among the several advancements we have made in this field, here are a few critical innovations that will make your mobile testing and performance monitoring more efficient:
Test on open-source Appium
Test on open-source Appium and not a proprietary version (no vendor lock-in)
Fasten your test cycles
Fasten your test cycles by at least 30% with the HeadSpin Platform
Capture performance data
Capture performance data for more actionable insights
Execute parallel tests
Execute parallel tests to save time
Test reliably on iOS and Android
Test reliably on iOS and Android devices
Audio and biometric testing
Ensure compatibility with two-way audio and biometric testing
Test audio video performance
Test for audio and video performance
Test script changes
Make no changes to your test script
Run thousands of tests parallelly at scale without worrying about device availability with our reliable global device infrastructure.
Leverage a reliable global device infrastructure

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